Saturday, March 30, 2024

GW Law’s Immigration Clinic in the Spotlight

Portrait of Alberto M. Benítez

Here is a "feel good" story about the wonderful work of the George Washington Law's Immigration Clinic, directed by Professor Alberto Benetiz.  The story spotlights the clinic's work on behalf of a gay asylum applicant from the former Soviet Union.




March 30, 2024 in Current Affairs, Immigration Law Clinics | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, February 22, 2024

Immigration Article of the Day: Misery, Melancholy, and Misfortune: A Migrant Case Study by Jayanth K. Krishnan

Jayanth Krishnan

Misery, Melancholy, and Misfortune: A Migrant Case Study by Jayanth K. Krishnan, 41 Wisconsin International Law Journal, Forthcoming (2024)


There is an ongoing crisis of despair involving migrants from abroad who are seeking refuge in one of the world’s longest-standing, post-World War II democracies – India. There are roughly 4.9 million noncitizen migrants in India, with most coming from Bangladesh, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. Because these migrants often live in the shadows, they are frequently deprived of their fundamental human rights.

On the one hand, it may seem surprising that this population remains so vulnerable. Albeit with notable exceptions, India’s Supreme Court has often been a leading institutional light in safeguarding the rights of many marginalized groups. Supreme Courts in other countries point to judgments from the Indian Supreme Court as a model for how to ensure that communities on the periphery are treated with dignity and due process. Furthermore, in periods of its progressive rights jurisprudence, the Court has been aided by a robust constitution and a vibrant civil society.

Yet when it comes to noncitizen migrants, there has been a dearth of sustained judicial support. Additionally, while there is certain, important bottom-up activism on behalf of these noncitizens, it has frankly not been enough to meet the cascade of needs that exist.

This project focuses on how institutional inadequacies, at both the governmental and societal levels, have left noncitizen migrants among some of the most isolated individuals within India. Namely, the absence of specialized and independent immigration courts, an outdated immigration statute, a lack of a strong immigration bar, insufficient legal education on immigration law, and little research on immigration doctrine are key reasons why migrants face such dire circumstances today. Otherwise put, India’s weak immigration infrastructure has sadly contributed to why noncitizen migrants have such difficulty accessing lawyers, the legal process, and ultimately justice within Indian society.


February 22, 2024 in Current Affairs, Immigration Law Clinics | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, February 6, 2024

Job Announcement:  Rutgers Immigrant Rights Clinic seeks DDDI Fellows

The Immigrant Rights Clinic at Rutgers Law School in Newark, New Jersey (IRC), is seeking to hire recent law graduates for full-time positions in its Detention & Deportation Defense Initiative (DDDI) project, to start in the summer or early fall of 2024. We expect this to be a two-year fellowship, contingent on continued funding. The DDDI Fellow will work with Professor Anju Gupta, Director of the IRC, Managing Attorney Leena Khandwala, and staff attorneys in the DDDI project. The DDDI team is also supported by a full-time paralegal, devoted exclusively to this project.

In 2018, the state of New Jersey committed funds to establish a project aimed at providing pro bono legal representation to detained immigrants in the state. The IRC is one of four partners in this exciting and innovative project. Since 2018, the funding and capacity of the DDDI project has expanded greatly, allowing us to move closer to our goal of ensuring legal representation for all low-income New Jersey immigrants in detained removal proceedings. The DDDI Fellow will represent detained immigrants as well as those immigrants who have been recently released from detention and/or are vulnerable to being detained, in their proceedings before the Elizabeth, Newark, and other Immigration Courts; the Board of Immigration Appeals; the federal District Courts; and the federal Courts of Appeals, as appropriate. The DDDI Fellow will also coordinate clinical and nonclinical law students representing these individuals or providing assistance on the project. Additionally, the DDDI Fellow will assist with maintaining data about DDDI Project outcomes and statistics for grant reports and other reporting purposes and may also participate in policy and advocacy around issues pertaining to our clients and constituents. The DDDI Fellow will benefit from close mentoring and support from supervising attorneys throughout their fellowship, as well as have opportunities to attend trainings and conferences as funding permits.

Position requirements:

  • A law degree;
  • Membership in a bar of any state or plans to become a member of a state bar shortly aftercommencement of the position;
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team;
  • Strong written and oral communication skills; and
  • Demonstrated commitment to immigration law, including familiarity with immigration law and procedures, and/or experience representing immigrants (including, but not limited to, law school clinical experience).

Preferred Qualifications:

  • NJ bar membership is a plus, though not required; and
  • Fluency in another language, particularly Spanish, is a plus, though not required.

This is a full-time, year-round position. The salary is $65,000/year plus excellent benefits through Rutgers University. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, but interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, a list of references, and a writing sample no later than March 31, 2024. The cover letter should address all of the position requirements listed above. Applications should be mailed in a single pdf to Sylvia Santos at [email protected].


February 6, 2024 in Current Affairs, Immigration Law Clinics | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, January 20, 2024

"A look at the Temple Law clinic that fights for immigrants"

Temple University Beasley School of Law

Immigration clinics do not get the attention that they deserve.  Here is a nice story on Temple's clinical work for immigrants:

"Throughout the 2020–2021 school year, Shah and a team of fellow third-year law students from the Beasley School of Law participated in the launch of the Federal Appellate Litigation Clinic. Beasley professors Mary Levy and Jules Epstein developed the clinic to provide legal representation free of charge to low-income clients.  

The clinic most often takes on immigration cases, in which clients are appealing an order of deportation or civil rights appeals. The cases are argued in the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, . . . which makes the experience incredibly impactful for the law students and their careers."


January 20, 2024 in Current Affairs, Immigration Law Clinics | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sunday, January 14, 2024

Maryland Carey Law’s new appellate immigration clinic


Here is a nice story on the the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law’s federal appellate immigration clinic, now in its third semester, represents clients before the Board of Immigration Appeals and the U.S. Court of Appeals.

Aadhithi Padmanabhan, assistant professor and director of the federal immigration clinic, said one of the goals of the clinic is to expand access to appellate legal services for noncitizens in the removal process.  Maureen Sweeney, professor and co-director of the general practice immigration clinic, said one of clinic's goals is to provide students with the experience of being a client’s lawyer.


January 14, 2024 in Current Affairs, Immigration Law Clinics | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, January 11, 2024

Save the Date: Immigration Law Teachers and Scholars Workshop 2024

The Immigration Law Teachers and Scholars Workshop this year will be hosted by The Binger Center for New Americans at the University of Minnesota Law School on May 30-31, 2024 in Minneapolis.  This conference provides a forum for immigration law scholars to receive and provide constructive feedback on scholarship in a supportive setting; attend panel discussions that focus on teaching, scholarship, and other issues relevant to a career as an immigration law scholar; and connect with colleagues from across the country. The conference will begin the morning of Thursday, May 30, and end by 5:00 pm on Friday, May 31.  

More details to come on the Event Page, including travel & accommodation information and instructions to submit a work-in-progress or incubator idea session proposal. 

If you would like to help craft those details and are interested in serving on the planning committee, please contact Sarah Brenes at [email protected] or email me at [email protected]. We would love to have a few more people join the planning committee.


January 11, 2024 in Current Affairs, Immigration Law Clinics | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, January 8, 2024

Maggio Immigrants’ Rights Summer Fellowship Program Accepting Applications

Michael Maggio

Looking ahead to 2024, do you know a law student searching for a summer fellowship that would allow them to team up with a local non-profit to help low-income and underserved immigrant communities? We invite law students to apply for the 2024 Maggio Immigrants’ Rights Summer Fellowship Program, now accepting applications.  

 Michael Maggio was an extraordinary immigration attorney with a passion for social justice. 

 Organized and funded by AILA, the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild, and the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law, the Fellowship is awarded to one law student each summer to work on a student-initiated project. For consideration, each student must submit a project proposal with an organization willing to host the student for 10 weeks and provide a $1,000 stipend. The $1,000 amount may be paid by the host organization or may be provided by the law student through other means, e.g., law school public interest funding, independent fundraising, etc. The Maggio Immigrants' Rights Fellowship will provide an additional $3,500 stipend for a total award of $4,500. More details may be found on the Maggio Fellowship website. On top of this stipend, the Maggio Fellowship also offers complimentary registration to national immigration conferences.

For more information on the application and to learn more about the impressive work of past fellows, visit here. The deadline is February 16, 2024.


January 8, 2024 in Current Affairs, Immigration Law Clinics | Permalink | Comments (0)


UCLA School of Law's Center for Immigration Law and Policy (CILP) and Immigrant Family Legal Clinic (ImmFam) are seeking rising second-year and third-year law students to join as the 2024 CILP/ImmFam class of Summer Fellows. Students can apply for the joint fellowship, in which interns split their time between CILP’s policy, litigation, and advocacy work and ImmFam’s direct representation for immigrant families and unaccompanied minors. Or, students can apply to be full-time CILP or ImmFam interns if they wish to focus entirely on policy research, litigation, and other advocacy (with CILP) or direct representation and communitybased lawyering (with ImmFam).

To apply, please send a statement of interest, your resume, and your transcript to [email protected] with the subject line “CILP Summer Fellow Application.” Please indicate in the text of your email whether you are interested in CILP full-time only, or being considered for a joint or full-time position with ImmFam as well. The expected time commitment is 40 hours/week from late May through early August. CILP summer fellows may participate in a hybrid remote/on-campus setting. For those interested in a joint or full-time position with ImmFam, strong preference will be given to those able to be in Los Angeles and those fluent in Spanish. We welcome applications from all students, regardless of immigration status. Summer fellows may receive  compensation, a stipend, or academic credit. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis beginning on January 12, 2024, with preference given to those who submit by that date.


January 8, 2024 in Current Affairs, Immigration Law Clinics | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, December 27, 2023

Immigration Article of the Day: What’s the Matter with Franco-Gonzalez? by Amelia Wilson

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What’s the Matter with Franco-Gonzalez? by Amelia Wilson, 57 UC Davis Law Review 1267 (2023)


The 2013 class action lawsuit Franco-Gonzalez v. Holder in the Central District of California was the single most important advancement in the rights of noncitizens with mental health disabilities facing deportation. The court’s decision in that case brought much-needed protections in the form of government-appointed counsel, bond hearings, and other procedural safeguards to a uniquely vulnerable population. To date, no other immigrant group has won this right. Amplifying Franco’s importance was that, for the first time, immigration judges had a standardized, precise test for evaluating mental competence and supportive tools such as forensic competency evaluations to assist them where a person’s mental condition was unclear.

Immigration enforcement and detention apparatuses, for their part, were ordered to engage in mental health information-gathering, mental health screenings, record keeping, and reporting.

Ten years after Franco, however, the case and its namesake federal program are failing tens of thousands of immigrants with serious mental health challenges. These individuals are excluded from Franco’s ambit for various reasons: some fall outside the case’s narrowly defined scope, while others are trapped in the shadowy extra-legal universe of removal proceedings where many noncitizens find themselves. Still other noncitizens fall squarely within Franco’s reach but endure extremely prolonged detention times as a direct result of the mental competency process Franco created. Poor training of immigration judges and identification failures by the Department of Homeland Security compound the problems.

This Article is the first scholarly piece to criticize Franco. It is also the first to conduct a deep, nuanced analysis of Franco: both the limits of the court’s decision, and the failings of the federal program created to implement Franco’s mandates. The analysis includes a granular examination of internal government documents obtained from two Freedom of Information Act requests that reveal how the competency “conveyor belt” intersects with detention periods. Finally, this Article offers two possible solutions that would ameliorate some of Franco’s harms in attainable ways while offering immediate gains for noncitizens with mental health disabilities.

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December 27, 2023 in Current Affairs, Immigration Law Clinics | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Elizabeth Frankel Fellowship at the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights

Here is link to this year’s posting for the Elizabeth Frankel Fellowship at the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights.  This is a paid, 10-week summer fellowship for law students who will have completed their first year of law school by the beginning of summer. This year, the three fellows will work in the Houston, Texas office and will have the opportunity to travel to the Young Center’s offices in both Harlingen, Texas and New York City.  Preferred qualifications include lived experience that lends insight into advocating for immigrant children and bilingual language capacity. Additional consideration will be given to law students who come from backgrounds and circumstances that might otherwise prevent them from engaging in pro bono work over the summer.


December 5, 2023 in Current Affairs, Immigration Law Clinics | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, November 15, 2023

Clinical Fellow, International Human Rights Clinic, Duke University School of Law 


Clinical Fellow, International Human Rights Clinic, Duke University School of Law 

Duke Law seeks to fill a Clinical Fellow position in its International Human Rights Clinic beginning July 1, 2024 for two years.

Duke Law has deep faculty, student and institutional engagement in human rights and international law. Working under the supervision of the Clinic's faculty, they will help supervise student fieldwork in Clinic projects and participate in the planning and teaching of the Clinic seminar. They will also assist in coordinating elements of the human rights program at Duke Law, including its Human Rights in Practice series and Human Rights Pro Bono Program.  The Clinical Fellow will also work closely with faculty and staff in the Clinic and the broader Law School to expand Duke Law's experiential learning opportunities in human rights, including through student placements in competitive summer and semester fellowships and externships in human rights and related fields. The individual selected for the position will receive mentorship in teaching, scholarship, and human rights lawyering and will have an opportunity to work with the faculty affiliated with the Center for International and Comparative Law.

The term of the appointment is two years, comprised of two one-year contracts. Salary and benefits will be commensurate with experience and competitive with similar fellowship positions at other top U.S. law schools. Please note that this appointment requires that the Clinical Fellow be in-residence.

For details on applications, click here.


November 15, 2023 in Current Affairs, Immigration Law Clinics | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, November 13, 2023

Legal Fellow Opening: Community Health Law Partnership Clinic (Community HeLP), University of Georgia School of Law


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Professor Jason Cade

The Community Health Law Partnership Clinic (Community HeLP) at the University of Georgia School of Law seeks a full-time Legal Fellow to start on or after July 1, 2024. The fellowship is a one-year commitment with the option to renew a second year depending on performance and funding availability.  The fellow will join a dedicated and welcoming community of faculty, clinicians, staff attorneys, legal fellows, and students at the University of Georgia School of Law, where there are now 18 well-supported clinical and externship programs. Fellows at UGA Law enjoy the opportunity to develop their own pedagogical skills and scholarship, if interested, among other support. 

Community HeLP is a two-semester legal clinic that focuses on the intersection of immigration status and health. Working under the supervision of clinic director Jason Cade and staff attorney Kristen Shepherd, law students engage in a variety of interdisciplinary advocacy, including humanitarian and family-based immigration benefits, advocacy on behalf of immigrant detainees, and public education on issues at the intersection of health and immigration. The clinic has represented women alleging medical abuse and neglect in a detention center, workers hurt by a gas leak at poultry plant, asylum seekers, families and individuals fleeing violence here and abroad, and other noncitizen clients whose health is affected by social determinants that have legal solutions. Visit the clinic’s website for more information. 

The Legal Fellow will be expected to maintain a docket of cases and projects, help supervise students using a clinical practice model, and engage in outreach and collaboration with community partners. The position will involve occasional travel for court, administrative hearings, and other clinic work.  

Candidates must possess a JD degree from an ABA-accredited law school by the position start date and should be licensed to practice in at least one state, preferably Georgia. Applicants who are not yet licensed are expected to secure admission to a state bar within 12 months, preferably Georgia. 

Candidates should possess outstanding skills in administrative advocacy; excellent written and oral communication abilities; a demonstrated commitment to public interest law and working with underserved populations; strong organizational and time-management skills; an ability to supervise law students effectively; and an ability to build and maintain community relationships. Fluency in both Spanish and English is a significant plus. 

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status. A background investigation will be required as part of the hiring process. 

For further information, contact Jason Cade, Director of the Community HeLP Clinic, at [email protected]. Applications received by Dec. 6, 2023, are assured of consideration. After that date, applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled. 
To apply, please use this link.

November 13, 2023 in Current Affairs, Immigration Law Clinics | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, November 1, 2023

University of Houston Law Center names Anna Cabot Director of the Immigration Clinic

J Anna  Cabot

It was announced yesterday that Clinical Associate Professor J. Anna Cabot is now running the Immigration Clinic at the University of Houston Law Center. Cabot took on the director role this fall.  According to her law school bio,

"Prior to teaching at the UH Law Center, Professor Cabot was the Practitioner in Residence in the Gender Justice Clinic at American University Washington College of Law. There she taught and supervised students representing clients with cases spanning immigration, housing, family law, domestic violence protection, wills, and name-and-gender change. Additionally, from 2014 to 2018, Professor Cabot was the William Davis Clinical Teaching Fellow at the University of Connecticut School of Law, teaching in the Asylum and Human Rights Clinic.

Professor Cabot’s research interests include the intersections of gender and cultural difference with global migration, immigration laws, and international law, and crisis-responsive clinical pedagogy. Most recently, Professor Cabot wrote a chapter for a book discussing expert country conditions testimony in fear-of-return immigration claims: Understanding the Legal Framework for Asylum: A Guide for Expert Witnesses in Practicing Asylum: A Handbook on Expert Witnesses in Latin American Domestic Violence, LGBTI, and Mother/Child Cases (Kimberly Gaudermann ed.) (forthcoming)."


November 1, 2023 in Current Affairs, Immigration Law Clinics | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, October 19, 2023

Call for Applications for Center for Applied Legal Studies (CALS) Fellow

Professor Phil G Schrag

Director Phil Schrag

The Center for Applied Legal Studies (CALS) at Georgetown Law announces that it is now accepting applications for its annual fellowship program in clinical legal education. CALS will offer one lawyer a two‑year teaching fellowship (July 2024‑June 2026), providing a unique opportunity to learn how to teach law in a clinical setting.

This fellowship is particularly suitable for lawyers with some degree of practice experience who now want to embark upon careers in law teaching. Most of our previous fellows are now teaching law or have done so for substantial portions of their careers.

Since 1995, CALS has specialized in immigration law, specifically in asylum practice. Guided by faculty and fellows, law students represent clients in immigration court and in asylum adjudications by the Department of Homeland Security. Applicants with experience in U.S. immigration law, particularly those who have represented asylum applicants in immigration court, will therefore be given preference. The fellow must be a member of a bar at the start of the fellowship period; therefore, this fellowship is not suitable for current law students.

The fellow will receive full tuition and fees in the LL.M. program at Georgetown University, and a stipend of 70,000 in the first year and 75,000 in the second year. On successful completion of the requirements, the Fellow will be granted the degree of Master of Laws (Advocacy) with distinction.

Former holders of this fellowship include Mary Brittingham (1995-97), Andrea Goodman (1996-98), Michele Pistone (1997-99), Rebecca Story (1998-2000), Virgil Wiebe (1999-2001), Anna Marie Gallagher (2000-02), Regina Germain (2001-2003), Dina Francesca Haynes (2002-2004), Diane Uchimiya (2003-2005), Jaya Ramji-Nogales (2004-2006), Denise Gilman (2005-2007), Susan Benesch (2006-2008), Kate Aschenbrenner (2007-2009), Anjum Gupta (2008-2010), Alice Clapman (2009-2011) Geoffrey Heeren (2010-2012), Heidi Altman (2011-2013), Laila Hlass (2012-2014), Lindsay Harris (2013-2015), Jean C. Han (2014-2016), Rebecca Feldmann (2015-2017), Pooja Dadhania (2016-2018), Karen Baker (2017-2019), Faiza Sayed (2018-2020), Deena Sharuk (2019 -2021), Alison Coutifaris (2020-2022), Jocelyn B. Cazares-Willingham (2021-2023).  The current fellows are Iman Saad and Lauren Hughes. The faculty members directing CALS are Andrew Schoenholtz and Philip Schrag.

To apply, send a resume, an official or unofficial law school transcript, a writing sample, and a detailed statement of interest (approximately 5 pages). The materials must arrive by January 31, 2024. The statement should address: a) why you are interested in this fellowship; b) what you can contribute to the Clinic; c) your experience with asylum and other immigration cases; d) your professional or career goals for the next five or ten years; e) your reactions to the Clinic’s goals and teaching methods as described on its website anything else that you consider pertinent. Address your application to Directors, Center for Applied Legal Studies, Georgetown Law, 600 New Jersey Avenue, NW, Suite 332, Washington, D.C. 20001. Send it  electronically to [email protected].

CALS welcomes and considers applications from any and all interested applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran, or other protected status. If you have any questions, call CALS at (202) 662-9565 or email them to [email protected].


October 19, 2023 in Immigration Law Clinics | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, August 30, 2023

At the Movies: Safe?


Safe? from Lynn Marcus on Vimeo.

Marcus, Lynn

Lynn Marcus of Arizona Law recently shared a 21-minute documentary about a U of A Immigration Law Clinic case that lasted almost 19 years. Here's the link to "Safe?"  and a brief description of the story:

"Seventeen years after fleeing Guatemala as teenagers, a young couple has finally obtained visas that should lead to permanent residence. But misdemeanors in the husband’s past and increasingly restrictive immigration policies cast a pall over the future. Will evidence of good character and his family’s needs be enough to convince officials to let the husband stay with his wife and children in the U.S? 

The case involves U visa applicants applying for adjustment of status. The video is intended to personalize issues in the immigration system such as the use of prosecutorial discretion and to illustrate the harm that by policies that limit or eliminate favorable exercises of discretion for individuals with a criminal record can cause. You may find it raises other topics to discuss with students, such as the importance, to advocates, of developing good working relationships with the government's attorneys."


August 30, 2023 in Current Affairs, Immigration Law Clinics | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, August 9, 2023

Position Opening -- Stanford Law Clinical Supervising Attorney, Immigrants’ Rights Clinic

The Mills Legal Clinic of Stanford Law School invites applicants for a Clinical Supervising Attorney position with its Immigrants’ Rights Clinic (IRC). The Clinical Supervising Attorney will join the thriving clinical community at Stanford Law School, where, together with the clinical faculty and staff, they will train law students to work on immigrants’ rights litigation and advocacy. We seek candidates with a demonstrated commitment to collaborative work, intentional lawyering, and a growth mindset.  Click here for details.


August 9, 2023 in Current Affairs, Immigration Law Clinics | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, July 29, 2023

Immigration Clinical Position at Harvard Law


The Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program is searching for a Clinical Instructor to start immediately to supervise law students on litigation, policy advocacy, and deportation defense. The Clinical Instructor will supervise students in  the Immigration and Refugee Advocacy and the Crimmigration Clinics. The Clinical Instructor will engage in district court and appellate litigation and direct representation of individuals seeking immigration relief, defense against deportation, and release from immigration detention.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.  Applications are encouraged by August 9.


July 29, 2023 in Current Affairs, Immigration Law Clinics | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, July 12, 2023

Professor Elizabeth McCormick, R.I.P.

Dan Kowalski at Bender's immigration Bulletin offers a stirring tribute to our departed immigration colleague and friend, Elizabeth McCormick.  Among many other things, Professor McCormick founded and directed the Immigrant Rights Project, a University of Tulsa College of Law clinical education program in which law students represent clients in immigration matters.  She taught Immigration Law, International Refugee and Asylum Law, and Professional Responsibility.

Professor McCormick’s scholarship and advocacy focused on immigration law and policy, in particular the intersection of federal immigration law and policy and state and local immigration enforcement efforts, including the battle over sanctuary cities.



July 12, 2023 in Current Affairs, Immigration Law Clinics | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, June 15, 2023

Immigration Article of the Day: Designing Sanctuary by Rick Su

Designing Sanctuary by Rick Su, Michigan Law Review, Forthcoming


In recent decades, a growing number of cities in the United States have adopted “sanctuary policies” limiting local participation in federal immigration enforcement. Existing scholarship has focused on their legality and effect, especially with respect to our nation’s immigration laws. Largely overlooked, however, is the local process through which sanctuary policies are designed and the reasons why cities choose to adopt them through city ordinances, mayoral orders, or employee handbooks. This Article argues that municipal sanctuary policies are far from uniform, and their variation reflects the different local interests and institutional actors behind their adoption and implementation. More specifically, municipal sanctuary policies can be broadly categorized into three models: administrative sanctuary, political sanctuary, and silent sanctuary. Each of these models reflects a specific approach in how cities choose to balance their political relationship with residents, thei r administrative relationship with employees, and their intergovernmental relations with the state and federal government. Moreover, these three models correspond with different eras in sanctuary’s development and anti-sanctuary responses at the state and federal level. This typology highlights the structural and institutional forces that have contributed to the diversity of sanctuary policies in the United States. In addition, it calls into question many of the assumptions in the sanctuary literature about the assessment of sanctuary policies, the goals of anti-sanctuary efforts, and the effect of all of this on local policymaking.


June 15, 2023 in Current Affairs, Immigration Law Clinics | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, June 7, 2023

Depaul Celebrates Refugee Law Graduate

It is graduation season and a good immigrant success story is in order.  The Chicago Tribune ran a story about a DePaul law grad, his refugee story, and his work in the DePaul Asylum and Immigration Clinic.   Download Depaul


June 7, 2023 in Current Affairs, Immigration Law Clinics | Permalink | Comments (0)