Friday, May 28, 2021

Immigration Article of the Day: Downsizing the Deportation State by Jennifer Lee Koh


Downsizing the Deportation State by Jennifer Lee Koh, Harvard Law & Policy Review, Forthcoming

JENNIFER LEE KOH, University of Washington School of Law, University of California, Irvine School of Law


The contemporary deportation state – referring to the federal administrative infrastructure for enforcing the immigration laws through deportation and detention –has grown significantly over the past several presidential administrations. During the Trump era, the deportation state engaged in spectacles of cruelty against immigrants and received encouragement from blatantly anti-immigrant rhetoric from the president. However, its overall growth also reflected an extension of past practice from prior administrations. In this Essay, I argue that the Biden Administration should not only pursue an immigration agenda that seeks to reverse Trump-era immigration policies and enact legislative immigration reform—which it has expressed a commitment to doing—but should also seek to downsize the deportation state. To do so, it should place particular attention on how agency funding, management of the bureaucracy, and relationships with subfederal and private entities might impact successive presidents’ capacity to engage in mass deportation and detention.


May 28, 2021 in Current Affairs, Immigration Law Clinics | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Immigration Article of the Day: Michele Goodwin & Erwin Chemerinsky, Trump Administration: Immigration, Racism & Covid-19


From the Legal Theory blog:

Michele Goodwin (University of California, Irvine School of Law) & Erwin Chemerinsky (University of California, Berkeley - School of Law) have posted Trump Administration: Immigration, Racism & Covid-19 (University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Vol. 169, No. 2, 2021) on SSRN.  Here is the abstract:

Two of the most important issues defining the Trump Administration were the President’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the Administration’s dealing with immigration issues. These have been regarded, in the popular press and in the scholarly literature, as unrelated. But there is a key common feature in the Trump Administration’s response: racism and xenophobia has shaped both the handling of the public health crisis and immigration issues. Understanding the underlying basis for the Trump Administration’s reaction to both issues helps to clarify the fallacies, indeed the tragedies in its actions, and the legal errors that have been made.


May 19, 2021 in Current Affairs, Immigration Law Clinics, Law Review Articles & Essays | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, May 17, 2021

Immigration Article of the Day, Critical Interviewing, by Laila Hlass and Lindsay Muir Harris

The Immigration Article of the Day is Critical Interviewing, forthcoming in the Utah Law Review, by Professors Laila Hlass and Lindsay Muir Harris. Here is the abstract:

Critical lawyering—also at times called rebellious, community and movement lawyering—attempts to further social justice alongside impacted communities. While much has been written about the contours of this form of lawyering and case examples illustrating core principles, little has been written about the mechanics of teaching critical lawyering skills. This Article seeks to expand critical lawyering theory, and in doing so provides an example of a pedagogical approach to teaching what we term “critical interviewing.” Critical interviewing means using an intersectional lens to collaborate with clients, communities, interviewing partners, and interpreters in a legal interview. Critical interviewers identify and take into account historical and structural biases, privileges, and the role they play in the attorney-client relationship.

This Article urges law professors and legal professionals to operationalize critical legal theories into practice, and ultimately to develop experiential pedagogies to teach these critical lawyering skills. This call to developing new pedagogies is particularly urgent in the wake of nationwide uprisings in response to the killing of George Floyd and others, as well as corresponding law schools’ commitments to identify and dismantle institutional racism. In this Article, we first set forth the contours of the canonical client interviewing pedagogy. Second, we outline the tenets of critical lawyering—a lawyering practice animated by critical legal theories. Next, we advance the pedagogy of critical interviewing, building upon client-centered lawyering texts. We describe one methodology of teaching critical interviewing: the Legal Interviewing and Language Access films. Ideally positioned to use with virtual learning, these videos raise a multitude of issues, including addressing bias and collaborating with clinic partners, interpreters, and clients. Finally, the Article considers areas ripe for further exploration within critical interviewing, concluding with a call for engagement with new pedagogical tools to teach critical interviewing, along with other aspects of critical lawyering.


May 17, 2021 in Immigration Law Clinics, Law Review Articles & Essays | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, May 10, 2021

Shelter from the Storm: Policy Options to Address Climate Induced Displacement from the Northern Triangle

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Shelter from the Storm: Policy Options to Address Climate Induced Displacement from the Northern Triangle is an April 2021 report from the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program, the Harvard Law School Immigration Project, the University Network for Human Rights, the Yale Immigrant Justice Project, and the Yale Environmental Law Association. The report is 64 pages, double spaced, with more than 20 pages of end notes.

Here is the executive summary (with end notes omitted; emphasis in original):

The planet is experiencing climate change. The most recent decade has been the warmest ever recorded. Indeed, we have already surpassed the level of atmospheric carbon dioxide considered safe by the most esteemed scientists in the field. As the impacts of climate change continue to be felt around the world, experts predict that climate change will lead to massive movements of people within and across borders, including into the United States. Experts estimate that climate change could displace over 200 million people by 2050. Extreme weather events, climate-related disasters, gradual environmental degradation, sinking coastal zones, and sea level rise will continue to amplify existing stressors and contribute to internal and cross- border movement by rendering currently inhabited parts of the world less habitable.

The Northern Triangle—the area that includes Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras— is among the world’s most vulnerable regions. Due to their geographic location and widespread socio-economic inequality, Northern Triangle countries are highly vulnerable to climate-related impacts. Studies identify food insecurity, recurring droughts, decline in agricultural production, increased susceptibility to disease, and water scarcity as main drivers of climate displacement. Overall disruptions in the climate system result in significant economic losses for smallholder farmers, including those producing coffee, corn, and beans. Soil degradation, accelerated by a changing climate, will also likely contribute to displacement, as it already has in Guatemala. Meanwhile, coastal areas face an increase in sea level rise and destruction of local mangrove ecosystems, which threaten communities that depend on fishing.

Last year, Hurricanes Iota and Eta ravaged the Northern Triangle region, causing massive flooding and rain. The convergence of the hurricanes’ impact, the COVID-19 pandemic, and pre-existing socioeconomic vulnerabilities are expected to worsen food insecurity due to extensive impacts on agriculture, livestock, and rural livelihoods, in addition to the threat that vector-borne diseases pose to human health in the aftermath of the storm. These impacts will contribute to the already deteriorating environmental situation that is driving people from their homes into urban centers and towards the United States. Experts project that climate change will displace up to 3.9 million people across Mexico and Central America by 2050.

In recent years, migration from Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador has also increased significantly as a result of gender-based and gang violence, as well as economic and political instability, among other factors. An unprecedented number of families and unaccompanied minors have been forced to flee their homes and seek asylum in the United States.

The long history of U.S. military intervention, drug enforcement, and counterinsurgency policies in Central America has contributed greatly to the destabilization of governments in the region, adversely affecting their ability to respond to climate and other conditions. Deepening economic inequality and ongoing violence stemming from this long history of U.S. intervention has upended the lives of many people in the region.

As one of the world’s greatest emitters of greenhouse gases, the United States has disproportionately contributed to the world’s climate crisis. Thus, the United States must reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help fund climate change adaptation measures for highly vulnerable countries. In addition, we must improve our current migration policies to ensure that those who must migrate can do so with security and dignity.

The United States bears a special responsibility to the region, given its role in creating and fomenting violence there. The United States government has ignored its own research findings and opted for a law enforcement approach to curb migration flows. While the Biden Administration has taken steps in the right direction by requiring several agencies to prepare a report on climate change and its impact on migration, much more is needed to properly tackle this complex issue.

This white paper examines the large-scale ongoing and future migration of residents of the Northern Triangle. It considers the protections, under U.S. law and international refugee law, afforded those fleeing environmental disaster. First, this paper analyzes the impacts of climate change on migration. Second, the paper focuses on climate change in the Northern Triangle region and its relationship to current and future migration flows. Third, the paper addresses the increasing recognition of the relevance of refugee protection for many people affected by climate change. The paper then surveys other provisions in U.S. law that provide avenues for status and protection for those displaced by climate change. Finally, the paper charts a course forward, recommending legislative and administrative measures that would ensure greater protection for those who flee environmental disaster.

In summary, the paper seeks to move current immigration law and policy in a more sensible and humane direction, focusing on how climate change impacts migration, particularly from the Northern Triangle.

Following this executive summary, the report offers general recommendations, provides an introduction to climate change displacement, discusses climate change and the Northern Triangle, examines existing legal avenues for immigration relief, returns to recommendations, and then concludes.


May 10, 2021 in Current Affairs, Data and Research, Immigration Law Clinics | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Teaching Immigration Law: Law School Clinics in the US and UK


On Thursday, March 18, Border Criminologies is hosting a knowledge exchange event for immigration law clinical teachers in the US and UK. The event will feature Linus Chan, Fatma Marouf and Lindsay Harris sharing about their clinic design and teaching approaches,; they will be joined by Judith Carter and Sheona York from the UK.  The event is open to anyone with an interest in clinical education and/or immigration law.

Register at this google link:  Teaching Immigration Law: Law School Clinics in the US and UK (



March 2, 2021 in Conferences and Call for Papers, Current Affairs, Immigration Law Clinics | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Teaching Immigration Law: Law School Clinics in the US and UK

Border Criminologies is hosting a knowledge exchange event for immigration clinical teachers from the US and UK on March 18, 2021. The link to register is here: Teaching Immigration Law: Law School Clinics in the US and UK (

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February 23, 2021 in Conferences and Call for Papers, Immigration Law Clinics | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Summer Fellowships -- Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization at Yale Law School

The Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization of Yale Law School (LSO) invites applications for its 2021 Summer Fellowship program. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. LSO is the main organization at Yale Law School providing legal representation to individuals and organizations in need of legal assistance but unable to afford private attorneys. During the academic year, law students work closely with clinical faculty members to represent clients in a wide range of litigation and non-litigation matters, helping to fill a critical need in legal services delivery for poor and marginalized communities in Connecticut. LSO seeks to hire 16-20 Summer Fellows to work with clinical faculty in order to continue this client representation. These are paid positions, with a salary of $7,080 for 12 weeks of full-time work ($14.75/hour). The Fellowship program will run from May 25 to August 14, 2021, with some flexibility as to individual start and end dates. Part-time work or full-time work for a portion of the Fellowship period may also be possible. The program is open to students who have completed at least two semesters of law school. Students graduating from law school prior to the summer of 2021 are also eligible to apply, as are LLM students. Please note that this is not a course, but a program of summer employment. Due to the pandemic, the program is likely to be online only; Summer Fellows will be advised if in-person work becomes possible.

Summer Fellows can expect to have a range of challenging and rewarding lawyering experiences during the course of their time at LSO, including client interviewing and counseling; factual development of cases; researching and writing legal memoranda; drafting of contracts and other legal instruments; interacting with opposing counsel, government actors, and community stakeholders; and negotiation and alternative dispute resolution. In several of our clinics, students will make court appearances to argue motions or present evidence. Fellows will work under the direct supervision of clinical faculty members and supervising attorneys, and will have significant responsibility for each case or project on which they work. In addition, faculty members will host a weekly series of presentations and discussions for the Fellows on the work of the clinics, public interest lawyering, and other topics of interest.

LSO clinics perform a wide range of exciting work, including litigation in state and federal court and before administrative agencies, transactional work on behalf of community organizations, and policy and legislative advocacy at the local, state, and federal levels. For 2021, LSO seeks Summer Fellows for the following clinics: • Criminal Justice Advocacy Clinic • Challenging Mass Incarceration Clinic • Ludwig Community and Economic Development Clinic • Criminal Justice Clinic • Housing Clinic • Veterans Legal Services Clinic • Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic For more information on the work of each of these clinics, please visit

Students who are eligible for summer funding from their own sources and who need an early decision on their LSO application to qualify for outside support are encouraged to advise LSO of their situation and to request expedited review of their candidacy.

Interested international students are responsible for obtaining and maintaining the necessary immigration status with work authorization. Interested students should email a cover letter specifying the clinic(s) in which you have an interest (with ranking), a resume, writing sample, unofficial transcript, and contact information for two references to (Transcripts, if not immediately available, can be sent after the initial application, but before the submission deadline.) The final deadline to submit application materials is February 26, 2021. Early applications are encouraged. Yale University considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, an individual’s sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a veteran, or national or ethnic origin; nor does Yale discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects people from sex discrimination in educational programs and activities at institutions that receive federal financial assistance. Questions regarding Title IX may be referred to the University’s Title IX Coordinator, at, or to the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, 8th Floor, Five Post Office Square, Boston MA 02109-3921. Telephone: 617.289.0111, Fax: 617.289.0150, TDD: 800.877.8339, or Email:


February 2, 2021 in Current Affairs, Immigration Law Clinics | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, January 22, 2021

PennState Law Fact Sheet on President Biden's Proclamation on Ending Discriminatory Bans on Entry to the United States

PennState Law's Center for Immigrant Rights' Clinic has published a new new Fact Sheet, together with American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Advocate Defend Connect (ADC), and Muslim Advocates. The Fact Sheet discusses the key provisions of President Biden's Proclamation to repeal the bans targeting immigrants from majority Arab, Muslim, and African countries, which was issued on his first day in office, January 20, 2021. The fact sheet is available here


January 22, 2021 in Current Affairs, Immigration Law Clinics | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Job Announcement:  Rutgers Immigrant Rights Clinic seeks Staff Attorney or Senior Staff Attorney 

Job Announcement:  Rutgers Immigrant Rights Clinic seeks Staff Attorney or Senior Staff Attorney 

The Immigrant Rights Clinic at Rutgers Law School in Newark, New Jersey, is seeking to hire an experienced attorney in a full-time Staff Attorney position. Depending on the candidate’s level of experience, the position could be classified as a Senior Staff Attorney position. The start date is flexible, but will ideally be in January or February 2021. We expect this to be a long term position, contingent on renewed funding. The attorney will work with Professor Anju Gupta, Director of the Immigrant Rights Clinic (IRC), and staff attorneys and staff in the clinic’s detention project.   

The Rutgers Immigrant Rights Clinic is one of four partners in an exciting and innovative project, funded by the state of New Jersey and Essex county, to provide legal representation to detained immigrants. The ultimate goal of the project is to provide universal representation to immigrants detained in New Jersey. With this funding, Rutgers has hired a Managing Attorney, an experienced Staff Attorney, a Paralegal, and two post-graduate Detention Fellows, and now seeks to hire an additional experienced attorney. We will also hire an additional paralegal and part-time social worker. The Staff Attorney will represent detained immigrants before the immigration court and Board of Immigration Appeals and/or in habeas petitions before the federal courts (depending on the successful candidate’s interest and experience). The Staff Attorney will also supervise a post-graduate fellow and nonclinical law student interns providing assistance with the project. The position will benefit from the support of a full-time paralegal, devoted exclusively to this project. 

Position requirements: 

  • A law degree; 
  • At least three years’ experience representing immigrants, preferably detained immigrants, before the immigration courts, Board of Immigration Appeals, and the federal courts; 
  • Membership in a bar of any state (NJ bar membership is not required, though it is a plus);  
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team; and 
  • Strong written and oral communication skills (fluency in another language, particularly Spanish, is a plus, though not required).  

This is a full-time, year-round position. The position is not term-limited and will be ongoing, contingent on funding being renewed. The salary is commensurate with experience, but will be at least $80,000, plus excellent benefits through Rutgers University. The Immigrant Rights Clinic is housed at Rutgers Law School in Newark, a short train ride or drive away from New York City. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, but interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, list of references, and unofficial transcript no later than January 21, 2021. The cover letter should address all of the position requirements listed above. To apply, go here.



January 6, 2021 in Current Affairs, Immigration Law Clinics | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, October 12, 2020

§ 1473.7 Motions to Vacate a Conviction or Sentence in California

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This new one-pager on § 1473.7 motions explains the basics of this new vehicle for vacating a conviction or sentence in California. Individuals who were not properly advised of the immigration consequences of their plea can qualify to have the conviction or sentence vacated.

For those wanting to learn even more about 1473.7 motions and other types of post-conviction relief, check out this amazing guide by the Immigrant Legal Resource Center and Californians for Safety and Justice.


October 12, 2020 in Immigration Law Clinics, Teaching Resources | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Most Asylum Seekers Have No Legal Counsel. This Villanova Program Trains Non-Lawyers to Step In.

The Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription Required) featured Michele Pistone and her new VIISTA program to train immigrant advocates and accredited representatives.  Click here for more about the program, which "aims to teach practical advocacy skills that will make a meaningful difference in migrant and refugee cases. Students will complete up to three, 14 week-long modules, with the ability to become partially or fully accredited representatives."



October 7, 2020 in Current Affairs, Immigration Law Clinics | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, September 21, 2020

Public Comments due on Administrative Closure Rule

The Department of Justice has issued a notice of proposed rulemkaing that would limit the rights of noncitizens before the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) and immigration court judges. This regulation would eliminate administrative closure for IJs and the BIA, eliminate the BIA and IJs’ sua sponte reopening authority, limit BIA briefing extensions to a maximum of 14 days and require simultaneous briefing by DHS and respondents in all cases, and create a “quality assurance” system through which IJs who don’t like a BIA decision can refer the case directly to EOIR Director McHenry.

Comments are due by September 25, 2020 at

September 21, 2020 in Current Affairs, Immigration Law Clinics | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

The Collateral Consequences Resource Center Releases a New Report on Restoring Rights and Opportunities after Arrest or Conviction

Today the Collateral Consequences Resource Center released a new report, The Many Roads to Reintegration: A 50-State Report on Laws Restoring Rights and Opportunities after Arrest or Conviction. The report is by Margaret Love and David Schlussel, with an introduction by Professor Gabriel J. Chin. This wonderful new resource provides a comprehensive review of the landscape of laws across the country aimed and restoring rights and opportunities after arrest or conviction. As the authors note, they are "heartened by the progress that has been made toward neutralizing the effect of a criminal record since the present reform effort got underway in a serious fashion less than a decade ago, especially in the last two years."

The report focuses on loss of civil rights, dissemination of damaging record information, and loss of opportunities and benefits. It does not focus on a fourth type of consequence, namely limits on personal freedom including immigration consequences of convictions. Yet, it does include a thorough national discussion of post-conviction record relief, including executive pardons, that will be useful to crim-imm practitioners.

For additional resources on immigration consequences, see


September 8, 2020 in Immigration Law Clinics, Teaching Resources | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, July 24, 2020

August 10 Deadline to Submit Comments on New Proposed Asylum Regulation

A new proposed rule on asylum, titled "Security Bars and Processing," would bar asylum and withholding protections for refugees. Issued by the Departments of Homeland Security and Justice, the proposed rule claims it will “mitigate the risk of a deadly communicable disease being brought to the United States, or being further spread within the country.” The nonprofit organization Human Rights First has criticized the rule, explaining that it “extends the administration’s ongoing illegal efforts to block asylum-seekers under the guise of an order from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on COVID-19 that public health experts have decried as specious and lacking a public health justification.”

You can read the proposed rule here.  For those interested in submitting comments, the comment period ends on August 10, 2020.

An earlier proposed regulation on asylum closed on July 16 and critics submitted nearly 80,000 comments.


July 24, 2020 in Current Affairs, Immigration Law Clinics | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sunday, May 3, 2020

University of Houston Law's Immigration Clinic Celebrates 20th Anniversary


Congratulations to the University of Houston Law Center Immigration Clinic, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary.  The clinical professors include Immigration Clinic Director Geoffrey Hoffman, Clinical Supervising Attorney Josephine Sorgwe, and Clinical Lecturer Rosemary Vega.  The UH Law Immigration Clinic specializes in handling applications for asylum on behalf of victims of torture and persecution, in representing immigrants who have been the victims of domestic violence, human trafficking and crime, and children and those fleeing civil war, genocide or political repression. Students also give presentations to outside organizations that deal with Immigrant Issues and give individual assistance to immigrants held in immigration detention centers.


May 3, 2020 in Current Affairs, Immigration Law Clinics | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

New York University Immigrant Defense Initiative Seeks Staff Attorney

New York University Immigrant Defense Initiative Seeks Staff Attorney

N1ew York University’s Immigrant Defense Initiative (IDI) seeks a full-time Staff Attorney for a one-year
contract position with the possibility of renewal. IDI is a project of NYU Law School’s Immigrant Rights
Clinic, directed by Professors Alina Das and Nancy Morawetz. IDI provides free legal advice,
representation, and referrals to members of the NYU community, including students and staff, who are at
risk of deportation or who are otherwise in need of urgent legal immigration support. IDI also organizes
Know Your Rights trainings and other community events in response to ongoing concerns with
immigration policies and recent legal developments.


Legal Screenings & Direct Representation: The Staff Attorney will be responsible for conducting
screenings and consultations, and representing members of the NYU community in removal defense
and/or affirmative applications and waivers as needed.

Referrals: The Staff Attorney will work closely with our pro bono law firm partners to refer cases
for longer term representation and/or additional support.

Community Education: The Staff Attorney will conduct Know Your Rights trainings and present
at community events. They will also be responsible for developing materials and advisories in
relation to current and potential changes to immigration law and policy.

Community Outreach & Support: The Staff Attorney will conduct broader outreach in the NYU
community and will work closely with directly affected groups on campus, including undocumented
students, to identify needs and provide additional support as needed.


● A minimum of two years of experience working in removal defense is required.
● Experience with asylum law, family visas and related waivers is strongly preferred.
● Familiarity with student and employment visas, and naturalization applications is preferred but not
● Must be comfortable with and interested in conducting Know Your Rights trainings and community
● Must be interested in working directly with students and other directly affected groups on campus.
● Must be able to work independently without direct supervision.

Terms of Position and Salary:

The position is available for one year, with the possibility of renewal. The position is full-time (35 hours
per week) with a flexible work schedule and the ability to work remotely. Salary will be commensurate
with experience.

The position comes with a generous array of benefits, which include medical, dental and vision. Further
information regarding benefits can be found  here.


Applicants should submit a resume/CV and a cover letter describing their interest in the position and
relevant experience to the Immigrant Defense Initiative Program Coordinator, Noelia Rodriguez, at Applications will be considered on a rolling basis through January 2, 2020.


December 10, 2019 in Current Affairs, Immigration Law Clinics | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Immigration Article of the Day: A Justice School: Teaching Forced Migration Through Experiential Learning by Lauren Gilbert


A Justice School: Teaching Forced Migration Through Experiential Learning by Lauren Gilbert, 14 Intercultural Hum. Rts. L. Rev. 129 (2019)


The need for committed and competent public interest lawyers has never been greater. We are at a unique juncture in U.S. history where there is both a supply and demand for social justice lawyers. Law schools, however, still fall short in their support and preparation of students who want to be public interest lawyers. Legal education still tends to reproduce social hierarchies, channeling top students into high paying jobs at big firms, with only the very top and most persistent students qualifying for judicial clerkships or a handful of prestigious fellowships. It is vital that students see from Day One of law school that they can use their legal training to make a positive difference in the world, and that throughout their three years of law school they learn the doctrine, develop the litigation skills, and have the kinds of experiential opportunities that will prepare them for this work.

This article demonstrates how experiential learning in law school can prepare students for the practice of law and, if done well, instill in them a life-long commitment to social justice. The success of these efforts ultimately turns on working collaboratively with student leaders with a shared commitment to immigrant justice, winning the support of key people in the administration, and ensuring that the experience for students is both emotionally and intellectually rewarding. Our signature achievement was the Karnes Pro Bono Project. Teams of students have, on three separate occasions, worked side by side with attorneys and staff from RAICES, the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services, at the Karnes family detention center, assisting Central American parents and children through the credible fear screening process and helping them qualify for asylum and release from detention. Not only have the students acquired a deeper understanding of the legal, political, and practical obstacles to asylum faced by refugees at the border. They have had the deeply moving and transformative experience of meeting with detained families seeking asylum, hearing their testimonials, preparing their statements, counseling them, helping them through the credible fear screening process, and ultimately learning their fates.


July 17, 2019 in Current Affairs, Immigration Law Clinics | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Hiring Announcement: LSU Immigration Clinic


LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY, PAUL M. HEBERT LAW CENTER seeks to hire a full-time faculty member with security of position to direct the Immigration Law Clinic as part of LSU Law’s Clinical Legal Education Program. The Immigration Law Clinic is a fully in-house, one-semester, 5 credit clinic in which students represent non-citizens in their defensive proceedings before the Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR) and affirmative applications with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Applicants should have a J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school, superior academic credentials, substantial experience in Immigration practice and be admitted and in good standing in a U.S. jurisdiction. Prior clinical teaching experience and fluency in Spanish is preferred.

The Paul M. Hebert Law Center of LSU is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access Employer and is committed to building a culturally diverse faculty. We particularly welcome and encourage applications from female and minority candidates.       

Applications should include a letter of application, resume, references, and teaching evaluations (if available) to:

Melissa T. Lonegrass and Christina M. Sautter
Co-Chairs, Faculty Appointments Committee
c/o Pam Hancock (or by email to
Paul M. Hebert Law Center
Louisiana State University
1 East Campus Drive Baton Rouge,
Louisiana 70803-0106

July 10, 2019 in Immigration Law Clinics, Jobs and Fellowships | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Postion Opening: Duke Law School, Immigration Clinic, Supervising Attorney

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Duke Law School, Immigration Clinic, Supervising Attorney

Duke University School of Law seeks a Supervising Attorney for its Immigration Clinic. The Immigration Clinic, which launches in the spring of 2020, will provide direct representation to noncitizens facing deportation and in their applications for asylum and other forms of protection. The clinic will also engage in policy advocacy, impact litigation, and community education and outreach.

The Supervising Attorney will assist the clinic’s director in supervising and monitoring the work of the students in direct representation and advocacy projects, co-teach the clinic seminar, handle matters relating to the day-to-day administration of the clinic law office and its cases, and assume primary responsibility for cases that begin outside of or are not concluded during the academic year.  In addition, the successful candidate may have the opportunity to pursue other interests, such as non-clinical teaching in Duke Law’s curriculum and/or related research.

We expect that the Supervising Attorney will be considered for a full-time, 12-month appointment.  The specific terms of this appointment will be based on the successful candidate’s experience and interests.

Qualifications: J.D. degree from an A.B.A. accredited law school is required. Applicants must be licensed to practice law in at least one state (whether North Carolina or another state). Applicants must also have three or more years of practice experience in immigration law, including representation of noncitizens in removal proceedings. Preference will be given to applicants with:

  • eligibility for admission in state and federal court in North Carolina;
  • experience in federal court immigration litigation;
  • fluency in Spanish; and
  • a strong academic record, exceptional writing ability, and a demonstrated commitment to public interest law and clinical teaching. 

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas-an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

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Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest, résumé, and the contact information for three professional references at  Please submit your materials as soon as possible; the initial review of applications will begin August 31, 2019.

Please share this announcement with those who might be interested.  Questions about the position may be addressed to Kate Evans, Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the Immigration Clinic:; 612-850-5340.


July 2, 2019 in Current Affairs, Immigration Law Clinics | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, July 1, 2019

Position: Immigrants’ Rights and Human Trafficking Program: Boston University School of Law


Immigrants’ Rights and Human Trafficking Program:  Boston University School of Law

BOSTON UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW, a top-tier law school with an international reputation, is a community of leading legal scholars, teachers, students and alumni, dedicated to providing one of the finest legal educations in the world. Since our doors opened in 1872, we have welcomed qualified men and women, without regard to background or belief. The breadth and depth of our curriculum, especially our clinical program, as well as our innovative spirit are distinctive in American legal education.

Boston University is seeking exceptionally qualified and experienced candidates for a full time Clinical Professor/Clinical Associate Professor position in its Immigrants’ Rights and Human Trafficking Program (the “Program”). This is a non-tenure track clinical faculty position with a projected start date of July 1, 2020.

The Program’s mission is to provide law students with the skills and knowledge needed to engage in zealous representation of victims of human trafficking, asylum seekers, unaccompanied minors, and noncitizens facing removal from the United States. Under the direction of clinical faculty, BU Law students provide pro bono legal services in immigration court and before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. In addition, students advise, counsel, and represent human trafficking victims in a variety of settings, including in law enforcement interviews, district court, and before administrative agencies.

The Clinical Professor/Clinical Associate Professor will be responsible for supervision of students engaged in direct representation of noncitizens applying for asylum, special immigrant juvenile status, and/or other humanitarian relief; co-teaching with the Clinic Director in the fall semester and will teach the Advanced Immigrants’ Rights Clinic seminar in the spring semester.

Additionally, the Clinical Professor/Clinical Associate Professor will work on a range of research and writing projects, which may include appellate briefs and policy advocacy with the students and Program Director. The Clinical Professor/Clinical Associate Professor will be based at Boston University School of Law with an additional office downtown at the Boston University office within Greater Boston Legal Services.

Required Skills:

The ideal candidate for this position is a member of the Massachusetts bar or is eligible for bar membership, with at least three years of immigration law experience with a focus on removal defense. Excellent writing and editing skills, and organizational and managerial skills are required. Teaching and supervision experience are preferred.

Spanish language ability is preferred.

Candidates should have excellent academic credentials, superior research and writing skills, a strong commitment to public interest lawyering, outstanding interpersonal skills, flexibility, a sense of humor, and a passion for direct service immigration and asylum work. The ability to work sensitively with a diverse population of clients, students, and staff is essential.

Boston University School of Law is committed to faculty diversity and welcomes expressions of interest from diverse applicants.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We are a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

How to Apply:


Applicants should send a letter of interest and a resume before December 1, 2019 to the Faculty Appointments Committee at Boston University School of Law, 765 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts 02215. Email applications are encouraged and should be sent to All open faculty positions are pending budgetary approval.

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July 1, 2019 in Current Affairs, Immigration Law Clinics | Permalink | Comments (0)