Joseph F. Wierschem
Immigration Rapid Response Staff Attorney/Assistant Director of Pro Bono
(518) 694-8699 ext. 2115
Joseph F. Wierschem, Joe Wierschem is an immigration staff attorney in PLS’ Immigration Rapid Response Unit and the Pro Bono Coordinator of PLS’ Pro Bono Partnership Project. Previously, he was counsel to the New York State Office of Indigent Legal Services, where his responsibilities included overseeing the agency’s financial activities, litigation, budget development, intergovernmental relations and ethics compliance. He has served in the New York State legislature as Chief Counsel to the Senate Codes Committee, Team Leader for Public Protection in the New York State Senate and Counsel to the New York State Assembly’s Committees on Corrections and Codes. He has also served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Legislative and Consumer Frauds Bureaus of the New York State Office of the Attorney General. Joe started his career in a private law firm, where he was an associate and then partner, practicing primarily as a conflict public defender. Joe attended Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota and St. Johns’ University in Collegeville, Minnesota (BA, Humanities), William Mitchell College of Law (JD) and the University at Albany (MA, Criminal Justice). Joe was in attendance for the legendary play on November 20, 1982, when Cal-Berkeley beat Stanford on a last second kick-off return because the Stanford band had come onto the field thinking the game had ended and hindered Stanford players from making a tackle to end the game.