Marissa Hatton

Federal Litigation Staff Attorney

Pronouns: she/her

Marissa specializes in strategic litigation and systemic advocacy to advance the rights of asylum seekers. Her work at CGRS primarily focuses on federal court impact litigation challenging human rights abuses, systemic discrimination, and oppressive immigration practices at the colonial US-Mexico border.

Prior to joining CGRS, Marissa was a supervising attorney and clinical teaching fellow at Georgetown Law’s Civil Rights Clinic, where she specialized in cases involving police misconduct and the carceral state. Prior to that, she was a staff attorney at Equal Justice Under Law, where she litigated economic justice issues nationwide. Marissa has litigated impact cases in over a dozen federal jurisdictions at both trial and appellate levels, with a focus on racial justice and government accountability.


Georgetown University Law Center, LL.M.

Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., cum laude
Co-founder and President, Native American Law Students Association (NALSA)
Executive Editorial Board, Georgetown Law Journal
Pro Bono Program Student Elected Delegate
Dean’s Certificate for Outstanding Contribution to Campus Community

University of California, Santa Barbara, B.A., with honors

Admitted to practice law in California, the District of Columbia, and the Chickasaw Nation.