“I should have done this twenty years ago!” Have a conversation with Immigration Clinic Student Attorney Geordan Logan about his experience in law school, and it will begin or end with that statement. Geordan’s path to law school was filled with many twists and turns, but in the end, that path was destined to lead him right to the front door of the Immigration Clinic.
Geordan was born in Munich, Germany and grew-up in New York City. As the son of a mechanical engineer and a freelance photographer, Geordan came of age in a world rich with both logic and creativity—two traits that should serve him well in the practice of law. When Geordan was eight years old, he was sure that he was meant to be a criminal defense attorney. He was renowned for zealously railing against injustice and dedicated to improving the world one case at a time. Today, through his involvement in the Clinic, Geordan has come to realize how pressing the need is for similarly dedicated immigration attorneys. “It is shocking to me how unfair the legal process can be for noncitizens: many of them without legal representation, most of them poor, all of them afraid.”
Among the paths Geordan took prior to entering Boyd was a nine-year stint in the U.S. Air Force—six of those years overseas. When he was in Germany, the Berlin Wall came down; while in Iraq, Baghdad fell; in Turkey, the Kurdish refugees rebelled. Each of these experiences provided Geordan with a unique perspective on immigration issues. “I returned to the United States with a real appreciation for a nation founded by immigrants and dedicated to civil rights.” It wasn’t until Geordan’s experience in the Immigration Clinic that he truly understood how tenuous a noncitizen’s access to those rights can be.
The next time you run into Geordan just ask him about the day a courtroom full of immigration detainees applauded his representation. “That moment was, hands down, my greatest moment in law school. After 392 days in custody—without any criminal charges being filed, the immigration judge administratively closed the removal proceedings and set my client free.”