Wednesday, April 28, 2021
On behalf of the AALS Clinical Section Executive Committee, we are delighted to announce that the recipient of the 2021 M. Shanara Gilbert Award is Professor Anita Sinha who directs the International Human Rights Clinic at American University. We will celebrate Anita on Wednesday, April 28 at 1:30 pm (EST), during the upcoming Clinical Conference, alongside the recently-announced Ellman Award winners.
Designed to honor an "emerging clinician," this award honors a clinical professor with ten or fewer years of experience who has (1) a commitment to teaching and achieving social justice, particularly in the areas of race and the criminal justice system; (2) a passion for providing legal services and access to justice to individuals and groups most in need; (3) service to the cause of clinical legal education or to the AALS Section on Clinical Legal Education; (4) an interest in international clinical legal education; and (5) an interest in the beauty of nature (which is desirable, but not required). We are so grateful to the Awards Committee members for thoughtfully reviewing all the inspiring nominations that came in this year: Donna Lee (CUNY, Chair), Kinda Abdus-Saboor (Georgia State), Brittany Glidden (UC-Hastings), and Laura Rovner (Denver).
A few highlights from Anita’s nomination:
- “As Director of the International Human Rights Law Clinic (IHRLC), Anita has prioritized cases and projects that focus on the rights of noncitizens, racial minorities, LGBT communities, and other disadvantaged groups.” Her clinical work includes litigation of Federal Tort Claims Act suits on behalf of Central American families that were separated at the U.S.-Mexico border, and documenting human rights abuses facing LGBT Afrodescendants in South America.
- Her students describe how her teaching “incorporates the importance
- of applying an intersectional lens to the law into her teaching curriculum for the seminar classes of IHRLC and leads supervision with her students with this in mind. She provides the space and environment for student attorneys to grow as advocates and ensures we incorporate the importance of racial, immigrant, and gender justice in our legal representation.”
- Her scholarship has focused on “civil and human rights implications of policies affecting noncitizens, including the use of immigrant detainee labor and the practice of immigration detention generally” with pieces connecting immigrant rights and race placed in the Stanford Journal of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties and the Columbia Human Rights Law Review.
And as Professor Bill Quigley concluded, “Brilliant, passionate, dedicated to people and communities on the ground, what more can any of us ask for in a partner?”
Please join us in congratulating Professor Sinha on this wonderful recognition!