In her role as the Dean of Career Services and Professional Development, Dean van Uitert has introduced a professional skills program designed to guide students towards leadership and meaningful employment. Prior to joining BYU, she practiced corporate immigration law at Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy LLP at both their Chicago and New York City offices. At Fragomen, she served as immigration counsel to Fortune 500 international corporations, advising them in all aspects of hiring and retaining top global talent. She also established and led the Fragomen Chicago office’s pro bono program, which focused on assisting refugees, asylum applicants, DACA students (“Dreamers”), and U visa (criminal victim) applicants.
Dean van Uitert was awarded a BA in International Studies from Brigham Young University and a JD from St. John's University School of Law. At St. John’s, she served as the Managing Editor of the St. John’s Law Review, as well as the Managing Editor of the Journal of Catholic Legal Studies. During law school she also interned at the U.S. Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review, as well as Catholic Charities Immigrant Legal Services.
Dean van Uitert has volunteered extensively with the CARA Family Detention Project, providing emergency representation to detained women and children seeking asylum along the southern border. She has also provided years of pro bono service to World Relief Refugee & Immigrant Services and the National Immigrant Justice Center. Dean van Uitert previously held appointments on the Executive Board of the National Immigrant Justice Center and various international and local committees of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society. She is admitted to the bar in Illinois and New York.