Clinic Faculty & Staff
Professor Ana Corina “Cori” Alonso-Yoder is the Director of the Federal Legislation Clinic and a Visiting Professor of Law. She previously was the Practitioner-in-Residence with the Immigrant Justice Clinic at American University Washington College of Law. She is licensed to practice law in Maryland and in Washington, DC.
Prior to entering legal education, she was the supervising attorney at Whitman-Walker Health, the country’s longest serving medical-legal partnership. In her public interest legal practice, Professor Alonso-Yoder has worked on a variety of equal justice issues, with a special emphasis on advocacy for LGBT and HIV-positive immigrants. Early in her legal career, Professor Alonso-Yoder represented low-income immigrants at Ayuda, where she established an innovative project to meet the civil legal needs of notario fraud victims and coordinated with local stakeholders to enact legislation to protect consumers. In her work to promote immigrants’ rights, she has collaborated on transnational labor policy and worker outreach in central Mexico, provided legal orientation and advice and counsel to inmates in U.S. immigration detention facilities, and served as an assistant to the chair of the United Nations Committee Against Torture in Geneva. Professor Alonso-Yoder’s commentary on immigrants’ rights has been featured by ABC News, The Atlantic, and Washington Post, among others.
Originally from Mexico City, she grew up in Denver, Colorado and speaks English, French, and Spanish.
Joel Wiginton is a Supervising Attorney and Clinical Legal Fellow in Georgetown’s Federal Legislation Clinic.
Prior to joining the Clinic, Joel spent nearly two decades heading government relations and serving as a Senior Counsel for global technology and entertainment companies, including Sony Corporation of America, Samsung Electronics, and Cognizant Technology Solutions. Joel directed international, federal, and state legislative, regulatory, and political affairs for these corporations and served as their chief representative before the U.S. and many foreign governments. Before moving to the private sector, Joel served as Special Assistant for Legislative Affairs in the Clinton White House and functioned as the White House’s primary legislative liaison to the Senate Judiciary, Commerce, Banking, and Small Business Committees. He was also Chief Counsel for the Constitution Subcommittee and Counsel for the Administrative Oversight & the Courts Subcommittee of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. In his government positions, Joel oversaw civil rights, constitutional, immigration, criminal justice, and consumer protection issues. Joel has also been an Adjunct Professor of Legal Writing & Research at George Washington University Law School and practiced law at major firms in Washington, DC and Minneapolis, MN.
Joel is a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School and Macalester College.
Eugenia Alvarez is the office manager for the Federal Legislation Clinic, where she handles the day-to-day administrative operations of the clinic. Eugenia also serves as the office manager for the Health Justice Alliance Clinic and the business manager for the Harrison Institute for Public Law.
Prior to joining Georgetown Law, Eugenia worked at the World Bank for 23 years as a program assistant and executive assistant in the Legal Vice Presidency Unit. She also previously worked as a paralegal for an immigration attorney in private practice.