Staff Attorney, Asian Americans Advancing Justice Atlanta
Hillary Li is currently a Staff Attorney with the Impact Litigation Department at Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Atlanta, where she focuses on federal civil rights litigation related to immigrant justice and voting rights. In her time with Advancing Justice-Atlanta, she has been involved in litigating many challenges to immigration detention, including the jailing of the medically vulnerable during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as cases against voter suppression in Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) and other immigrant communities, including issues of language access and absentee ballots. Hillary grew up in Portland, Oregon, received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Ethics from Emory University in 2014, and her Juris Doctorate. from the University of North Carolina School of Law in 2017. At UNC Law, she was part of the Pro Bono Program Board and Asian American Law Students Association Board and was heavily involved in diversity and inclusion initiatives. Hillary practiced securities litigation at a big law firm in Atlanta for a year after law school before transitioning to Advancing Justice-Atlanta. Hillary is passionate about the connections of immigration and international human rights and the use of community education, creative writing, and art to address social injustice and dismantle carceral systems. In what spare time she has, she hikes with her partner, Diego, practices Olympic-style weightlifting, and snuggles with her cats and a good book. Some of her favorites of recent are Pachinko, the Sympathizer, and Beloved.