Having initially qualified as a Solicitor in England and Wales, Ayodele Gansallo is also admitted as an attorney with the New York Bar. She has been working on Immigration and Nationality issues exclusively with non-profit organizations both here and in the U.K. for over twenty years. She is currently the senior attorney with HIAS Pennsylvania. Ayodele joined the organization in 1998, following completion of her LLM at Temple University’s Beasley School of Law and now focuses her practice on complex litigation before the U.S. Immigration Court, the Board of Immigration Appeals, Federal District Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. In addition, she provides mentorship and training on immigration issues to pro bono attorneys and community groups.
Ayodele has been teaching at the University of Pennsylvania Law School’s Transnational Legal Clinic since the 2010 academic year where she is an Adjunct Professor, She is the co-author of the publication, Understanding Immigration Law and Practice, a textbook and practice guide for paralegal and law students, and newer practitioners on the complexities of immigration law. She is a frequent presenter at CLE courses held by the Pennsylvania Bar Institute and the American Immigration Lawyers’ Association, or AILA.
Ayodele is Secretary of the Philadelphia Chapter of AILA. She is also a member of the Mayor’s Commission on African and Caribbean Immigrant Affairs. Ayodele is a recipient of the AILA Philadelphia Chapter Matthew Baxter Mentorship Award, co-recipient of the AILA Philadelphia Chapter 2017 Pro Bono Champion Award, a recipient of SEAMAAC’s Unsung Heroine Award for 2017, the Philadelphia Bar Foundation Award for 2017 and 1st Place recipient of the Global Women P.E.A.C.E. Foundation 2018 Legal Award.