Ross D. Natividad (2016)

Assistant Chief Counsel, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement


Ross is an Assistant Chief Counsel for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Prior to this position, he was an Attorney Advisor with the U.S. Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review.

At William & Mary, Ross interned with Open Development Cambodia through Professor Warren’s Comparative Legal Studies and Post-Conflict Peacebuilding Program. While in Phnom Penh, he researched the country’s booming rubber industry and assessed its environmental and human rights violations. Ross also served as the editor-in-chief of the William & Mary Environmental Law and Policy Review. Before attending law school, he taught English in West Timor, Indonesia through the Fulbright program. He holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from Baylor University and is licensed to practice in Virginia.


The CLS/PCP Program helped me channel my interests in international law and human rights. Without the program, I would not have been able to intern in Cambodia, work with a USAID project in East Timor, help organize symposiums on infectious diseases and the global migration crisis, and take a wide variety of classes that made law school even more fulfilling. On top of that, I was able to hear a number of inspiring guest speakers in the field, study with fellow classmates who shared my passions, and—most notably, for me—meet my future wife (Abby) who was also very involved with CLS/PCP. I am thankful for my experience in this program and highly recommend it to prospective and current students at William & Mary.”