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Nishan Bhaumik


Nishan Bhaumik

Pro Bono Counsel for Humanitarian Immigration Matters
New York

Pro Bono Counsel for Humanitarian Immigration Matters. Leads our efforts to support clients seeking humanitarian immigration relief.

Nishan is our Pro Bono Counsel for Humanitarian Immigration Matters. He works with lawyers across the firm and our nonprofit partners to develop and supervise matters concerning humanitarian immigration relief. These pro bono matters include research, policy, impact litigation, appellate work, and direct representation of refugees, asylum seekers, survivors of human trafficking and others fleeing persecution.

He also coordinates the firm’s rapid response work – which has included support for Afghan, Ukrainian and Central American refugees – and teaches an asylum clinic at Columbia Law School.

Previously, Nishan was a staff attorney at Immigration Equality, a national LGBTQ immigrant rights organization, and an Equal Justice Works Fellow with the New York City Anti-Violence Project. He is a member of the board of the Gay and Lesbian Law Association Foundation of Greater New York (LeGaL Foundation), and in 2023 received an LGBTQ+ Leadership Award from the Tri-State Diversity Council.



National Diversity Council – Tri-State LGBTQ+ Leadership Award, 2023

National LGBT Bar Association – “40 Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40,” 2020


J.D., CUNY School of Law
  • Editor, International Law Digest
B.A., International Relations and Chinese, UC Davis

Professional history

  • Pro Bono Counsel for Humanitarian Immigration Matters, 2023-present
  • Pro Bono Attorney for Humanitarian Immigration Matters, Davis Polk, 2021-2023
  • Staff Attorney, Immigration Equality, 2017-2021
  • Equal Justice Works Fellow, NYC Anti-Violence Project, 2014-2017

Qualifications and admissions

  • State of New York
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