Joseph Rivas

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Biography

Joseph M. Rivas is a 1974 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM), where he received a B.S. in Education. He received his J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1979. Joe was the Founding President of the Wisconsin Hispanic Lawyers Association (1984-86) and has served as Chair of the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (1992-94). He has been President of the Wisconsin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Chair of the Board of Directors of the Spanish Center.  He is an Adjunct Professor at Marquette University Law School.  He was also a Board Member of the Wisconsin State Bar’s International Practice Section. He further was the District #10 Coordinator of the Milwaukee Archdiocese’s Justice for Immigrants Committee. Joe has been a speaker on immigration law issues in various settings, including radio and television. He has testified in circuit court proceedings as an expert on immigration law. In 2016 he was admitted as Fellow of the Wisconsin Law Foundation. Joe is listed in Best Lawyers in America under the section of Immigration Law.