Patricia A. Wonder

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Immigration Law


Patricia A. Wonder, Esq. has been in the immigration field for more than twenty years. She graduated from The College of New Jersey in 1995. In 1996, she began working for the former INS as a District Adjudications Officer in Newark, NJ, where she determined the eligibility of green card applicants. In 1997, she began employment with Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy as a paralegal. She attended Rutgers University Newark Law School and graduated in 2002. During law school, she volunteered with American Friends Service Committee in their Immigrant Rights Program, served as a Teaching Assistant for the dean of the law school, and was a member of the Constitutional Litigation Clinic working on immigration cases, as well as the Race and Law Review journal. In 2002, upon graduation from law school, she was accepted into the Attorney General's Honor Program and began a judicial clerkship with EOIR (Executive Office for Immigration Review) Immigration Court. She was employed as a Judicial Law Clerk for immigration court in Newark, NJ, and then as an Attorney Advisor for immigration court in New York, NY. From 2004 to 2009, Patricia was employed as an Associate with Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy in New York City. She has been teaching at CUNY SPS since 2005 and, alongside this, was employed from 2014-2020 as an Associate with Beach-Oswald Immigration Law Firm, which specializes exclusively in immigration and nationality law. Since January 2021, she has been employed as a Senior Attorney with Maggio Kattar in Washington, DC. Patricia is a single mom to a curious and adventurous nine-year-old boy and loves to go to the beach any chance she gets, as well as travel internationally.