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Asseret Frausto

Lecturer on Law

Spring 2024

Asseret Frausto
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Asseret Frausto is a senior litigation associate at McDermott Will & Emery in Boston. Prior to joining McDermott, Asseret clerked for Chief Judge Mary H. Murguia of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and Judge John A. Mendez of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California. She also worked as an associate at White & Case in Los Angeles. While at White & Case, Asseret worked as an associate representing clients in all stages of trial and appeals. She also represented multinational technology and social media companies, including in Latin American disputes where she utilized her native Spanish-speaking skills to represent clients in litigation and regulatory investigations. Asseret also maintains an active pro bono practice, focused largely on immigration and criminal justice issues. Asseret’s passion on immigration and criminal justice stems from her background as a first-generation Mexican-American who was raised on both sides of the Tijuana-San Diego border and who learned English as a second language.

Asseret received her J.D. from Harvard Law School, and her B.A. in Political Science with a Spanish minor, from UCLA. At HLS, she served as the Co-President of La Alianza, and as a student attorney with the Prison Legal Assistance Project (PLAP), Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic (HIRC), and the Family Law and Domestic Violence Clinic. Asseret was awarded the 2019 Outstanding Clinical Student Award from the Clinical Legal Education Association (CLEA). She was nominated by full-time HLS clinical faculty for her outstanding clinical coursework and contributions to the clinical community.


  • B.A. Political Science University of California, Los Angeles, 2015
  • J.D. Harvard Law School, 2019


  • Chief Judge Mary H Murguia, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, 2022 - 2023
  • Judge John A. Mendez, United States District Court for the Eastern District of California, 2019 - 2020