Mary Tanagho Ross



Mary Tanagho Ross is an appellate staff attorney at Public Counsel, the nation’s largest pro bono law firm.  Ms. Tanagho Ross is part of the Immigrants’ Rights Project where she oversees appellate litigation in state and federal court on behalf of unaccompanied immigrant children seeking humanitarian relief.  She is lead counsel in a federal class action lawsuit challenging the government’s unlawful denial of relief to immigrant children seeking Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (J.L. et al. v. Lee Francis Cissna et al., U.S.D.C. N.D. Cal., Case No. 5:18-CV-04914).  Ms. Tanagho Ross also oversees appeals before the Board of Immigration Appeals and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. 

Prior to her work at Public Counsel, Ms. Tanagho Ross worked at a prominent civil rights law firm where she represented plaintiffs in international human rights and civil rights litigation.  Ms. Tanagho Ross represented plaintiffs in class wide gender discrimination claims (Dukes v. Walmart, Case No. 3:01-cv-02252 (N.D. Cal. 2013) and in claims brought under the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPRA) (Ratha et al. v. Phatthana Seafood Co., Ltd. et al., No. CV 16-42771-JFW (C.D. Cal.).  Ms. Tanagho Ross has been repeatedly recognized in the Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Stars list. 

Ms. Tanagho Ross received her J.D. from UCLA School of Law where she was part of the Public Interest Program.  After law school, she completed a federal clerkship in the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada where she focused on civil rights claims.  Ms. Tanagho Ross received her undergraduate degree from the University of Southern California.

Current Courses:

Appellate Litigation Clinic