Tuesday, April 2, 2024

Immigration Article of the Day: Immigration Enforcement and Public Safety by Felipe M. Gonçalves, Elisa Jácome & Emily K. Weisburst

Immigration Enforcement and Public Safety by Felipe M. GonçalvesElisa Jácome & Emily K. WeisburstNATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH WORKING PAPER February 2024


How does immigration enforcement affect public safety? Heightened enforcement could reduce crime by deterring and incapacitating immigrant offenders or, alternatively, increase crime by discouraging victims from reporting offenses. We study the U.S. Secure Communities program, which expanded interior enforcement against unauthorized immigrants. Using national survey data, we find that the program reduced the likelihood that Hispanic victims reported crimes to police and increased the victimization of Hispanics. Total reported crimes are unchanged, masking these opposing effects. We provide evidence that reduced Hispanic reporting is the key driver of increased victimization. Our findings underscore the importance of trust in institutions as a central determinant of public safety.


April 2, 2024 in Current Affairs, Jobs and Fellowships | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, March 14, 2024

Visiting Assistant Professor, UC Law SF

UC Law SF (formerly UC Hastings) is accepting applications for a two-year Visiting Assistant Professor at the Center for Racial and Economic Justice in 2024-25. Prior VAPs have placed at Temple University Beasley School of Law (Evelyn Rangel-Medina) and UC Law SF (Prithika Balakrishnan). 

More information about the position and application can be found here. The position is designed to facilitate entry into legal academic positions. Please send the announcement to your most promising law graduates and/or consider applying yourself!


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March 14, 2024 in Jobs and Fellowships, Teaching Resources | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, February 2, 2024

Clinical Fellowship in Worker & Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic at Yale Law School

Yale Law School seeks applicants for a clinical fellowship in the Worker & Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic. Responsibilities include representing clients, supervising students, assisting in teaching classes, and pursuing a scholarship agenda.

To apply, email a resume, cover letter, writing sample, and names, addresses and telephone numbers of three references to Osikhena Awudu, Assistant Director of Clinical Operations, The Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization, [email protected]. Applications will be accepted until March 1, 2024 but will be reviewed on a rolling basis (early applications encouraged).


February 2, 2024 in Jobs and Fellowships | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, January 17, 2024

AILA DEI Law Student Scholarships Announced: Apply by February 12, 2024

AILA announces that DEI Law Student Scholarship 2024 Applications are OPEN!  

Apply Here! 

AILA’s DEI Law Student Scholarship is intended to provide academic, professional, and financial support to ten (10) law students from historically underrepresented groups who are interested in the practice of Immigration Law and advocating on behalf of immigrant communities.  Ten (10) recipients selected to receive the scholarship will build professional connections and receive mentorship support from AILA member attorneys who are also members of AILA’s DEI National Committee.

Important Dates:  

Scholarship Opening Date: Tuesday, January 16, 2024 

Application Deadline: Monday, February 12, 2024 

Awards Announcements: Monday, March 4, 2024 

Award Details:

10 Recipients of DEI Law Student Scholarships receive: 

    • $750 to be used towards tuition or related academic expenses. 
    • Mentorship Support provided by AILA DEI Committee Members 
    • Publication and Recognition of Law Student Scholarship Award Recipients by AILA’s DEI Committee through AILA emails, newsletters, the AILA website, and AILA Committee correspondence. 
    • Recognition of the recipient of the scholarship award sent to the law school of the recipient honoring the student’s achievements. 
    • Opportunity for Professional Career Development in Immigration Law by Publishing a Blog post on an immigration-related topic in AILA’s Think Immigration Blog DEI Series to an audience of 16,000+ AILA Members (see below). 


January 17, 2024 in Jobs and Fellowships | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, November 8, 2023

Job Announcement: Ohio State Immigration Clinic

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The Moritz College of Law (Ohio State) is seeking an Assistant Clinical Professor to operate the Immigration Clinic.

The Immigration Clinic is one of eight clinics regularly offered at the College. The Immigration Clinic has attracted tremendous student interest and contributes to meeting a substantial need for immigration assistance in the central Ohio area, including among low-income communities. In its first few years of operation, the Clinic has made a meaningful difference in the lives of a number of individuals in these local communities.

The Assistant Clinical Professor will teach up to 8 students per semester in a 4-credit course offering, with responsibility for course design, classroom instruction, and student conferences. The Assistant Clinical Professor will have autonomy over both clinical pedagogy and selection and handling of all cases; serve as counsel of record in all cases; and be the primary supervisor of the clinic students, who will be serving as student legal interns under the Ohio student practice rule.

The position is a non-tenure track, clinical-track, term position.

The College’s clinical-track faculty positions are non-tenure track, with security reasonably similar to tenure, as provided by ABA Standard 405(c) and include governance rights, the opportunity for advancement, access to a research budget, availability of summer research funds, and the potential for research leave.

To be considered, submit your application electronically via https://osu.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/OSUCareers/job/Columbus-Campus/Assistant-Professor- Clinical_R92263-2.

November 8, 2023 in Jobs and Fellowships | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, September 8, 2023

Fellowship Opportunity: Immigrant Justice Corps

JF Recruitment Flyer 2024

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Tuesday, August 22, 2023

Job Announcement: USC Director of International Human Rights Clinic

The University of Southern California (USC) Gould School of Law is seeking applicants for the position of Clinical Assistant Professor/Clinical Associate Professor/Clinical Professor of Law & Director of the International Human Rights Clinic.  Applicants will be considered for continuous appointment to USC Gould’s clinical professor track (clinical assistant, associate, or full professor). This is an open rank search, meaning that we may hire a full, associate, or assistant professor depending on experience. All ranks in this appointment are part of the year-round Research, Teaching, Practitioner, or Clinical (RTPC) faculty positions. This is a full-time, non-tenure track position.  The position will begin in the 2024-2025 academic year.

The International Human Rights Clinic (“IHRC”) was established in 2010 and is one of seven clinical offerings at USC Gould. Student interest in the IHRC runs high, and the IHRC has been very successful at helping students gain invaluable experience domestically and internationally. The Director will have the opportunity to develop a vision for the direction of the IHRC.  The Director will be responsible for all aspects of running the IHRC, including teaching the related clinical seminar; intensive supervision and mentoring of law students; course planning and teaching; curriculum development; client and or project selection; individual case and or project work; and clinic administration.  Clinical faculty members also teach one non-clinical course per year in addition to the clinic, have service responsibilities, and participate in faculty governance. 

Click here for the application link.

August 22, 2023 in Jobs and Fellowships | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, July 11, 2023

Job Announcement: Univ. of Wyoming Legal Fellow

Center for International Human Rights Law & Advocacy at the University of Wyoming (UW) College of Law Legal Fellow

The Center for International Human Rights Law & Advocacy at the University of Wyoming (UW) College of Law is hiring a Legal Fellow to begin in the fall of 2023. The Robert J. Golten Fellowship was created in 2013 to honor the work of Bob Golten, a leader in the field of international human rights law who inspired generations of human rights advocates and immigration lawyers and helped to found the Center for International Human Rights Law and Advocacy at the University of Wyoming. See https://www.uwyo.edu/law/centers/ihrla/index.html  

Working with the Center, the Fellow will be expected to:

  • Advocate for undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Wyoming who encounter immigration issues during their studies at UW;
  • Track relevant immigration laws, conduct information sessions for the university community, and coordinate with university staff responsible for visas, insurance and other legal compliance related to non-U.S. nationals on campus;
  • Time permitting, advise and educate the broader Wyoming community with regard to immigration rights and benefits;
  • Co-teach the International Human Rights Clinic with Professor Jerry Fowler;
  • Assist in the administration of the Center’s summer internship program (Bernstein Fellows) and help with Jessup (International Law) Moot court team.
  • Travel with UW students and faculty to advance the clinic and internship program;
  • Assist the faculty director of the Center for International Human Rights Law & Advocacy in additional domestic and international human rights advocacy;

Start date: September 1, 2023

Duration: 10 months

Pay: $4800 monthly*

Requirements: Member of a bar in good standing, minimum 2 years experience in immigration or human rights law, ability to speak Spanish is a plus

Apply with a CV and letter of interest by July 28, 2023 to: Professor Noah Novogrodsky, [email protected]

*Resources permitting, the position will be converted into a twenty-month fellowship, running through May 1, 2025.  The $4800 monthly stipend represents $4500 in regular pay and a $300 additional stipend to offset the cost of healthcare.

July 11, 2023 in Jobs and Fellowships | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, April 12, 2023

Job Announcement: Univ. of Houston Clinical Positions


The University of Houston is looking for clinical supervisors/staff attorneys for its immigration clinic. Brush off that resume and give it a go!

Here's the link to the announcement

Legal Clinic Supervisor - (STA012090)

Supervises legal representation of clients by law students participating in a legal aid clinic in the College of Law. Works closely with the director of clinical programs and the director of each applicable legal clinic.

  1. Supervises law students providing legal advice and representation to clients and provides functional advice and training regarding a variety of legal projects.
  2. Reviews and evaluates student work in all aspects of legal representation of clients, including, but not limited to, interviewing and counseling clients, research, legal document preparation, and court hearings and proceedings.
  3. Responsible for managing cases in progress between semesters.
  4. Plans and conducts community outreach activities, including, but not limited to, "know your rights" presentations.
  5. Performs other job-related duties as required.

Additional Job Posting Information:

  • This legal clinic supervisor will supervise clinic students and represent clients in the Law Center’s Immigration Clinic and work on projects as assigned by the director of the Immigration Clinic. The Immigration Clinic handles all types of family‐based and humanitarian cases, with emphasis on asylum, withholding of removal, and Convention Against Torture cases, in addition to other violence‐related claims, such as Violence Against Women Act, Special Immigrant Juvenile cases, humanitarian parole, bond, and victims’ visas (U and T visas).
  • A strong candidate will have at least one year of practice in humanitarian or family-based immigration. Representation of clients with asylum/withholding/CAT claims and experience in removal defense is preferred.
  • A strong candidate will have teaching or mentoring experience.
  • Spanish language fluency or competency is preferred.
  • The position is contingent on availability of grant funding.
  • The initial term of the position is two years. The position may be extended at the end of the initial term contingent on continued need for the position, availability of grant funding, and favorable employee performance evaluations.
  • All candidates must have a J.D. degree and be licensed to practice law.
  • This search is coordinated by the Law Center Clinical Programs. In addition to the formal application made in response to this posting, applicants should send the office a short email to this email address: [email protected]. Please express your interest and attach a cover letter, your resume or curriculum vitae, and a writing sample to that email.

Good luck!


April 12, 2023 in Jobs and Fellowships | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, March 27, 2023

How To Become An Immigration Judge

The U.S. Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR), is looking to hire immigration judges.

To that end, they are hosting an information session on Thursday, March 30 from 12-1 Eastern where senior EOIR staff will discuss the immigration judge career path, duties, qualifications, and benefits of being an immigration judge. You'll also learn how to apply for immigration judge positions when they become available and have the opportunity to ask questions about the immigration judge position and application process.

You can register for Thursday's information session at this link.


March 27, 2023 in Jobs and Fellowships | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, January 30, 2023

Maggio Summer Fellowship - applications open until February 10, 2023!

Michael Maggio Immigrants’ Rights Summer Fellowship

Maggio Summer Fellowship - applications open until February 10, 2023!

The application for the 2023 Maggio Immigrants’ Rights Summer Fellowship Program is now accepting applications. Michael Maggio was an extraordinary immigration attorney with a passion for social justice. As an attorney, he took up the defense of asylum-seeking Central Americans threatened with deportation and worked on the landmark Filartiga v. Pena case in 1980. While he sadly lost his battle with cancer in 2008, his passion for helping the most vulnerable continues through this annual Fellowship, strengthening law students’ long-term commitment to promoting justice and equality for vulnerable immigrant groups.

Organized and funded by AILA, the National Immigration Project, 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 $1,500 stipend. The $1,500 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 $2,500 stipend for a total award of $4,000. 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 http://maggiofellowship.orgThe deadline is February 10, 2023. If you have any questions, please contact me at [email protected]. Thank you!


January 30, 2023 in Current Affairs, Jobs and Fellowships | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, January 11, 2023

Jewish Family Service (JFS) in San Diego Seeks Staff Attorney

Here is a job posting for Jewish Family Service (JFS) in San Diego that may be of interest to blog readers.  "JFS is looking for a compassionate, mission-driven individual to join the Immigration Legal Services Department on a new Afghan Legal Services program as an Immigration Staff Attorney."  Click here for details.


January 11, 2023 in Current Affairs, Jobs and Fellowships | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, January 10, 2023

NIJC Schreiber Fellowships - Fall 2023-2025

NIJC is proud to continue its Schreiber Legal Fellowship Program through the generosity of John and Kathy Schreiber. Two selected fellows will provide legal representation to immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers for two years. NIJC provides legal representation to thousands of detained and non-detained immigrants each year and draws on its legal services to advance systemic reform. Through the Schreiber Fellowships, NIJC seeks to invest in the next generation of diverse legal advocates. To that end, NIJC will consider applications from graduating law students or recent graduates who demonstrate a strong commitment to pursuing a long-term career in the immigrant rights movement. NIJC strongly encourages applications from people with lived experiences in immigrant communities, members of marginalized communities, and individuals from communities that are underrepresented in the legal profession. Individuals with a strong interest in immigration issues but with limited prior experience will be considered.

Both fellowships will begin immediately following Labor Day in September 2023, and will run through the end of August 2025. Applications for the fellowship are due on or before February 28, 2023. Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications in advance of the deadline. Each fellows’ geographic location will be at one of NIJC’s offices in Chicago, Indiana, San Diego, or Washington, D.C. Applicants should state their geographic preference in their application materials. NIJC continues to work using a hybrid model and expects to do so in the coming years. At the end of the fellowship, fellows will be eligible to seek permanent employment with NIJC and will receive strong consideration for any open position at NIJC.


Graduates of any ABA accredited law school are eligible to apply. The fellowship is open to current 3Ls and attorneys who have graduated within the last three years. Applicants must be a member of any bar or must sit for the bar examination prior to the start of the fellowship. Although fluency in a second language is not required, applicants who are able to speak another language should be sure to address that skill in their application materials.

Pay And Other Benefits

The salary will be based on the number of years of relevant experience since law school graduation, according to the pay scale that governs this position. As a program of Heartland Alliance, NIJC offers excellent benefits.

Application Information

Applications will be accepted until February 28, 2023. Please use this link to apply: https://immigrantjustice.org/schreiber-fellowships-fall-2023

January 10, 2023 in Jobs and Fellowships | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, January 5, 2023

Job Announcement: Rutgers Immigrant Rights Clinic

Rutgers Immigrant Rights Clinic seeks Staff Attorney or Senior Staff Attorney 

The Detention and Deportation Defense Initiative (DDDI) at the Immigrant Rights Clinic, 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. DDDI is funded by the state of New Jersey to provide legal representation to detained and non-detained New Jersey residents facing removal before the Immigration Courts, Board of Immigration Appeals, and federal courts. The Rutgers Immigrant Rights Clinic is one of four partners in this exciting project, aimed at ensuring that indigent immigrants in New Jersey have high quality pro bono representation in their removal proceedings. 

The Staff Attorney will work with the Managing Attorney and other staff in the DDDI project. They will maintain an active docket of detained and non-detained clients. The Staff Attorney will also supervise law graduates working as DDDI Fellows and nonclinical law student interns providing assistance with the project, and may have other supervisory and mentoring responsibilities. 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 (including law school clinics and legal internships); 
  • Membership in a bar of any state (NJ bar membership is not required, though it is a plus);  
  • Strong written and oral communication skills; fluency in another language, particularly Spanish or French, strongly preferred (though not required); 
  • Interest in and/or commitment to mentoring and supervising law graduates and students; 
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, team environment;  
  • Demonstrated time management, interpersonal, and problem-solving skills; 
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail; 
  • Familiarity with case management systems such as CLIO, preferred. 

This is a full-time, year-round position. The salary will range from $75,000-95,000, depending on experience, and includes 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. Generally, the Staff Attorney will be expected to be in the office 3 days/week and may elect to work remotely up to 2 days/week.  

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, list of references, and unofficial transcript. The cover letter should address all of the position requirements listed above.  

To apply, go to: https://jobs.rutgers.edu/postings/186703 

Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, creed, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, genetic information, protected veteran status, military service or any other category protected by law. As an institution, we value diversity of background and opinion, and prohibit discrimination or harassment on the basis of any legally protected class in the areas of hiring, recruitment, promotion, transfer, demotion, training, compensation, pay, fringe benefits, layoff, termination or any other terms and conditions of employment. 

January 5, 2023 in Jobs and Fellowships | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Portrait of Asian Americans in the Legal Profession 2.0

The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA), in collaboration with the American Bar Foundation, recently released  A Portrait of Asian Americans in the Law 2.0: Identity and Action in Challenging Times (Portrait Project 2.0). Five years ago, I was very moved by the original Portrait Project report and worked with the Asian Pacific American Bar Association and Asian Pacific American Law Students Association in Colorado to bring the primary author, California Supreme Court Justice Goodwin Liu, to Colorado during a snowstorm. This follow-up study is just as good and even more necessary.  

The updated report (77 pages) combines detailed analysis of employment data in various legal sectors to gain insight into Asian American career advancement and political participation. It is based on interviews, focus groups, and a national survey completed by over 700 Asian American lawyers. 

Some of the key findings: 

  • Asian American attorneys are more engaged with social and political issues than in 2016. Those seeking to change their legal practice areas ranked a desire to advance issues important to them among their most significant reasons for doing so. (This was previously ranked among the least significant reasons). 
  • Nearly half of Asian American attorneys (47% of survey respondents) became more involved in community organizations, protests, or other forms of advocacy specifically on behalf of Asian Americans since March 2020. 
  • Although there is underrepresentation of Asian American attorneys in the top ranks of the legal progression, there has been progress in the appointment of federal judges (from 3.4% to 6%) and as general counsel. While Asian Americans are the largest minority group at major law firms, they have the lowest ratio of partners to associates and remain underrepresented among law clerks, law professors, state court judges, and state and federal prosecutors.

Read the full report here.

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December 6, 2022 in Current Affairs, Data and Research, Jobs and Fellowships | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, December 3, 2022

White landowners in Hawaii imported Russian workers in the early 1900s, to dilute the labor power of Asians in the islands


I learned something from this contribution ("White landowners in Hawaii imported Russian workers in the early 1900s, to dilute the labor power of Asians in the islands") in the Conversation. Stepan Serdiukov, Ph.D. candidate in U.S. history at Indiana University, writes about how, in the territory of Hawaii, landowners wanting to become a state brought workers to the islands from Russia.


December 3, 2022 in Current Affairs, Jobs and Fellowships | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, October 31, 2022

CALS Graduate Teaching Fellowships

2023-2025 Clinical Teaching Fellowship

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 2023‑June 2025), 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. 

Since 1995, CALS has specialized in immigration law, specifically in asylum practice, and in immigration court and in asylum adjudications by the Department of Homeland Security. Applicants with experience in U.S. immigration law will therefore be given preference. The fellow must be a member of a bar at the start of the fellowship period.

The fellow will receive full tuition and fees in the LL.M. program at Georgetown University, and a stipend of 57,000 in the first year and 60,000 in the second year. On successful completion of the requirements, the Fellow will be granted the degree of Master of Laws (Advocacy) with distinction.

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 December 1, 2022. 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, or electronically to [email protected].


October 31, 2022 in Jobs and Fellowships | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Job Announcement: Houston Law Center Immigration Clinic Director


It's time to update your resume! The Houston Law Center is looking for a new immigration clinic director.

The University of Houston Law Center (UHLC) invites applications for a promotion-eligible, non-tenure track clinical assistant/associate professor position and Director of the Immigration Clinic for the academic year 2023-2024. The contract is for nine months, 9/1/2023 to 5/31/2024, the "FY 24 Contract," beginning when classes start in late August 2023 and continuing through the middle of May 2024.

The Immigration Clinic handles all types of family‐based and humanitarian cases, with emphasis on asylum, withholding of removal, and Convention Against Torture cases, in addition to other violence‐related claims, such as Violence Against Women’s Act, Special Immigrant Juvenile cases, humanitarian parole, and crime victims (U visas). The clinic also handles T visas, and has helped in a variety of Crimmigration cases where the respondents were detained in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention and needed a habeas petition in federal district court.

The Immigration Clinic has a classroom component that meets for two hours a week for 14 weeks over the course of the semester. The classroom component focuses on teaching advocacy skills and substantive immigration law to equip students to represent immigrants before the Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice's Executive Office for Immigration Review and other federal agencies.

The position will cover the classroom component of the clinical instruction and the case supervision component. The position will also supervise at least two staff attorneys and manage grants that fund the clinic’s work.

More details are at this link. Good luck future Cougars!


August 24, 2022 in Jobs and Fellowships | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, July 13, 2022

ABA Administrative Law Fellowship Seeking Practitioners Who Want to Be Law Professors

The American Bar Association’s Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice is inviting applications for its ABA Administrative Law Fellowship. The fellowship, established in 2021, aims to diversify the cohort of legal academics in administrative law and regulatory practice by positioning lawyers currently in practice to be successful job candidates in the academic market. The fellowship is a two-year program that pairs fellows with mentors in the legal academy and provides other support for entry into legal teaching. 

The goal of the mentoring match is to assist fellows with developing a research agenda, job-talk paper, and other application materials for the legal academic job market (doctrinal and clinical). The program will also provide some general training on research methods and strategy. The program seeks to affiliate fellows with a law school to provide access to online research and publication resources. Fellows will have the opportunity to present their work in connection with the Section’s annual Fall Conference. The fellowship will provide up to $1,500 a year to defer the costs of travel and accommodations for participation in the Section’s Fall Conference and hiring conferences, as well as membership in the ABA and the Section.

The ABA is seeking “lawyers with scholarly promise and a strong interest in teaching who would contribute to the diversity of the legal academy in the fields of administrative law and/or regulatory practice.” Fellows are expected to be employed full-time in legal practice. Application materials should include:

  1.  A cover letter that explains the candidate’s interest in the fellowship and how the candidate fits the fellowship criteria, including a diversity statement, and addresses why the candidate believes this fellowship opportunity is better suited to their circumstances than a full-time law school-run fellowship or Visiting Assistant Professor position, and identifies at least two references.
  2. A resume.
  3. A writing sample, which may be material produced for legal practice, a blog, an article, a report, or other written work.

Applications are due on or before Monday, August 15, 2022, and should be sent via e-mail with attachments in pdf format to [email protected]. If you have questions about the fellowship or the application, please direct them to Professor Kevin Stack, Chair of the ABA’s Program for Prospective Administrative Law Scholars, at [email protected].

Having mentored Haiyun Damon-Feng, a fellow in the first cohort whose straddled immigration and administrative law and seen her move into a Visiting Assistant Professorship at my alma mater NYU Law, I can say that the program is finding good people and putting them in good places!


July 13, 2022 in Jobs and Fellowships | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Job Announcement: Executive Director of the Binger Center for New Americans (U. of Minn.)


The University of Minnesota Law School seeks a visionary leader, committed to immigration advocacy and justice, to lead the Binger Center for New Americans. The Executive Director is the primary staff administrator responsible for (1) leading the Center in the ongoing development and implementation of its vision and core mission, especially the Education & Outreach Program, (2) leading partnership collaboration and communication necessary to promote and engage in the Center’s work, and (3) fostering connections with a broad constituency of networks, community partners and immigrant advocates in the region and nationally. The Executive Director works in collaboration with the Center’s faculty director and engages clinical faculty, staff, and law students together with the Center’s partners and stakeholders, the Director of the Law Clinics, and Law School leadership in order to set and carry out the Center’s priorities.

The Center’s Education and Outreach Program connects the Center’s clinics to community needs and goals, which inform the development of the Center’s programs and litigation to protect immigrants and impact the immigration system. Through legal education, organizing, pro bono legal services, and capacity building, the Education and Outreach Program supports community efforts to break down systemic barriers and empower communities.

The Executive Director will be a skilled and experienced community-driven leader, with expertise in immigration advocacy and a thoughtful eye for partnership opportunities to advance immigrant rights work across the Law School, the Twin Cities community and beyond. They will be adept at encouraging broad community-building, engagement, and action-oriented results.

Job Duties:

Lead and Implement Strategic Planning & Initiatives – 20%

  • Lead the overall vision, strategic planning, and execution of initiatives for the Binger Center, in partnership with the Binger Center’s faculty director, clinical faculty, and staff, partners, and stakeholders, as well as the broader Clinic and Law School leadership.
  • Engage and foster connections with a broad constituency of networks, community partners and immigrant advocates in the region and nationally with Binger Center initiatives.
  • Develop partnership opportunities to advance the Binger Center’s work across the Law School, the Twin Cities community and beyond.
  • Engage in development opportunities, in partnership with the Law School’s Advancement team, that align with the Binger Center’s and Law School’s needs.

Direct the Education & Outreach Program - 50%

  • Direct the Binger Center’s Education and Outreach Program and the program’s initiatives, including supervising the Community Outreach & Program Coordinator.
  • Provide oversight and implement the Education and Outreach programs alongside Center outreach staff and law students and volunteers. A range of activities include: large-scale community workshops to designed to help immigrants understand their legal rights, working collaboratively with community partners to develop advisories, guides, and other tools to support new immigrants and the agencies that serve them, an annual full-day continuing legal education conference, educational seminars designed to train pro bono lawyers and law students for immigration-related public service, general public events, and student-led presentations.
  • Lead existing Education and Outreach programs, including: Rural Immigrant Access Initiative, Afghan Evacuee Project, Translation and Interpretation Program, Human Rights Defender Court Observation Project, and law student service learning trips.
  • Lead or, in partnership with an adjunct faculty member, manage the semester-long Rural Immigrant Access Clinic, including working with clinical law students to develop pop-up legal clinics in rural communities that have limited access to immigration attorneys and have experienced dramatic increases in immigration apprehension and detention.
  • Lead the Binger Center’s Immigration Law Field Placement course and identify opportunities for law student experiential learning opportunities in the area of immigration law and policy.

Lead and Oversee Operations for the Center - 20%

  • Serve as the primary liaison for the Center with Clinic and Law School Leadership, as well as with the University of Minnesota and the greater community.
  • Oversee operations for the Binger Center, including coordinating adjunct faculty, graduate and undergrad interns, and student and community volunteers.
  • Maintain the Binger Center’s discretionary budget and set budget priorities in consultation with Clinic and Law School leadership.
  • Develop and implement internal procedures for planning, outcome tracking, and communication, including leading planning sessions and community needs assessments with external partners.

Lead and Oversee Communications for the Center - 10%

  • Develop and lead the Center’s communication's plan, including public messaging and media outreach on an ongoing and as-needed basis.
  • Implement the Binger Center’s media strategy in collaboration with the Law School’s Communications Department and Clinic Leadership, including the annual report and ongoing messaging.



  • BA/BS with at least 6 years of experience in community-driven work
  • Demonstrated understanding of U.S. immigration law and policy
  • Experience and skills in advocacy, activism, or community-driven work that aligns with the core values of the Binger Center
  • Demonstrated commitment to building and sustaining relationships
  • Capacity to effectively communicate, work collaboratively, directly supervise, and engage with staff and stakeholders at all levels
  • Excellent interpersonal, cross-cultural, and public communication skills; leadership, problem-solving, and consensus-building capacity; professional judgment and discretion


  • J.D. from an A.B.A. accredited law school or other advanced professional degree with at least 4 years of professional experience dedicated to immigration-related community education and outreach, or a bachelors or higher degree with at least 8 years of professional experience dedicated to immigration-related community education and outreach
  • Nonprofit or higher education leadership experience

To apply, go to https://humanresources.umn.edu/jobs and reference job number 347632. This position is open until filled. Candidates, including people of color and women, are strongly encouraged to apply. Applications will only be accepted through the University of Minnesota online employment system and only complete applications will be considered. A complete application consists of a resume, cover letter, contact information for three references who will not be contacted without prior notice, and a diversity statement.

May 10, 2022 in Jobs and Fellowships | Permalink | Comments (0)