The LUM Immigration Clinic depends on a team of highly skilled, trained & accredited volunteers. Led by the LUM Immigration Clinic director, Christian Gallo (paid staff), the volunteer team members are as follows:
Volunteer Attorneys: Matthew Salsberry, Thomas Busch, & Erin Brewster
Accredited Representatives: Adelia Sorge, Susan Brouillette, Aparna Puri, Margaret Hass, Sharon Graves, Mary Tindel, & Beata Riveiro
Candidates for Accreditation: Gary Fowler & C. Vincent-Rodas
Program Volunteers: Maddie Prospero, Yanina Gomez Szyszko, & Weijing Li
Intern: Olivia Bangert
LUM volunteer attorneys, accredited representatives, program volunteers and intern are providing immigration advice, filling out immigration forms, and drafting legal documents for cases. During the LUM Summer of Service, please join us in thanking each LUM Immigration Clinic volunteer for their time, talent, compassion and experience — and for providing a unique & vital service to our community. If you wish to volunteer with the LUM Immigration Clinic, email Christian Gallo at immigration@LUMserve.org.
Christian Gallo, JD – LUM Immigration Clinic Director
Christian Gallo is the new director of the LUM Immigration Clinic. He grew up in Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina and now lives in Lafayette with his three children. Christian earned his baccalaureate degree from Colegio Champagnat, Master in Laws degree from Indiana University, and JD from Universidad Católica Argentina (Buenos Aires). He has been a member of the Ciudad de Buenos Aires Bar since 1995 and Indiana Commission on Hispanic and Latino Affairs for more than 10 years. Christian is fluent in four languages (English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian) as well as speaking basic French.
Christian was drawn to LUM because he enjoys helping and advocating for others. He shared that, “Helping people in need is true love to others and God; thus, it becomes goodness for them. We are instruments of God in his salvation plan.” This Bible passage from the Book of 2 Chronicles also guides him in his work, “But as for you, be strong and do not slack off, for there shall be a reward for what you do.“
Christian considers himself an advocate for those in need and is inspired by two quotes. The first is a quote by Socrates, published by Plato, “It is better to suffer an injustice than to commit one.” And the second is from a soliloquy by Cyrano de Bergerac written by Edmond Rostand, “But one cannot fight hoping only for success! No! No: it’s still more sweet if it’s all in vain!” Both remind him that we must act against injustice, strive to be just to others, and know that the work of social justice is never done.
Christian enjoys being with his family and coaching soccer and rugby. In 2007, he was the coach of the Purdue Women’s Rugby team. He is passionate about his work and looks forward to joining the LUM team. He is genuinely impressed with the work being done at LUM, especially with the LUM Immigration Clinic, and plans on building on that success. Please join us in welcoming Christian Gallo to LUM as the new LUM Immigration Clinic director.