Phone: (713) 313-1918
Joined the faculty in 1991.
LL.M., Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA, 1991
Ed.M., Harvard Law School Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, MA, 1990
J.D., University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, MN, 1981
B.A., St. John's University, Collegeville, MN, 1974
Professor of Law and Director of L.L.M. & Immigration Development (2012-present)
Associate Dean (2003-2012)
Associate Professor, Texas Southern University, Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Houston, TX (1991-2008)
Visiting Profesor Escuela de Derecho Universidad de Puerto Rico (2005-present)
Visiting Associate Professor, Texas Wesleyan University School of Law, Fort Worth, TX (1999-2000)
Clinical Director, Texas Southern University, Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Houston, TX (1992-1995)
Director/Clinical Instructor, Harvard Law School Immigration Clinic, Cambridge, MA (1987-1991)
Assistant Attorney, Chicago Board of Education, Chicago, IL (1986-1987)
Staff Attorney, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), Chicago, IL (1983-1986)
Staff Attorney, Legal Aid Society of Minneapolis, Minneapolis, MN (1981-1983)
Law Clerk/Trial Assistant, Hennepin County Public Defenders Office, Minneapolis, MN (1979-1980)
Technology and Assessment in the Legal Classroom: An Empirical Study, in The Legal Profession: Education and Ethics in Practice 7 (2013).
Technology and Assessment in the Legal Classroom: An Empirical Study, in Inted 2011 Proceedings 5386 (L. Gómez Chova et al., 5th ed. 2011).
Racial Profiling as a Means of Thwarting the Alleged Latino Security Threat, 37 T. Marshall L. Rev. 5 (2011) (with Lupe Salinas).
Lead Counsel in Matter of Edwards 20 I. & N. Dec 191, cited in Immigration Law and Procedure Desk Edition (1999), by Gordon & Gordon, and in all major Immigration Law Textbooks.
Thinking Like a Lawyer, Expert Novice Differences in Simulated Client Interviews, 21 J. LEGAL PROF. 107 (1997).
Political Asylum and Judicial Review: The Rise and Fall of Imputed Political Opinion, 20 T. MARSHALL L. REV. 1 (1994).
Continuing Legal Education Presentations in Immigration Law
Panel member at Fordham University: Minorities in the Law Teaching Profession: “Consider Teaching Law” (1993)
Panel member South Texas College of Law: President’s Initiative on Race; Campus Week Dialogue. (1998)
Panel Member Texas Wesleyan University: Relationship Violence 101 (1999)
Panel Presentation: The American Society of International Law; “ The Visible College of International Law Clinicians: Making a Real Difference in Law School and in the World.” (2001)
The Citizens’ Summit on Criminal Justice in Houston: Panel on “Immigrants and Law Enforcement” (4/21/2001)
Panel Presentation: “To the Border and Beyond: Emerging Legal Issues in the Hispanic Community. ”Hispanic National Bar Association- Law Student Division Region XII Conference-“Todos Unidos”- February 23-23, 2002
Participant: Mexican Communities Abroad Program- The 9th Informative Seminar on Mexico, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mexico City (October 28th, 2002).
Presentation: Immigration and Legal Issues-Hispanic Heritage Month Series sponsored by Medical University South Carolina College of Nursing Hispanic Health Initiative October 2005
Moderator: “Immigration and Language”-LATCRIT XI (Latina and Latino Critical Theory)-William Boyd School of Law University of Nevada, Las Vegas (October 2006)
Panel Presentation: “American Immigration Policy; The unfortunate Targeting of the Latino Population in Times of Terror.” Fourth Annual Gloucester Summer Legal Conference -Gloucester, England –July 2007
Moderator/Panelist: “Immigration Reform”-Hispanic National Bar Association Annual Conference, Minneapolis Minnesota (September 2010)
Panelist: “Changing Times: Use of clickers for assessment in the legal classroom.” Turning Technologies Users Conference, Harvard University (October 2010)
Chair Session: “New Challenges For the Higher Education Area (II) “: International Association of Technology, Education and Development (March 2011-Valencia, Spain)
Panelist: “Technology and Assessment in the Legal Classroom: An Empirical Study: International Association of Technology, Education and Development (March 2011-Valencia, Spain)
Panelist: Summer conference of the Institute for Law and Teaching, New York Law School (2011): “Formative Assessment Protocols: An Empirical Report from a Property Course.”
Panelist: Conference on Law and Education. Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER), Athens Greece (2012): Use of Technology in the Legal Classroom: An empirical Study
Panelist: Conference on Law and Education. Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER), Athens Greece ( May 2013): Technology and Assessment in the Legal Classroom: An empirical Study
Distinguished Visiting Lecturer: MINISTERIO DA EDUCACAO, Universidade Federal de Ouro Preto, Brazil. Lectured to faculty on Students on Diversity. Special Topics on Immigration Law as a comparison between U.S. and Brazil, Issues on Immigration Law in the U.S.A. (August 2013)
Panelist Southwet Association of Law Schools 2014 Annual Conference:LL.M Programs in the Modern Law School (Amelia Island, FL August 2014)
Minnesota State and Federal Court, 1982
Illinois State and Federal Court, 1983
Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, Massachusetts, 1988
Co-Founder of the Thurgood Marshall School of Law Institute for International and Immigration Law
American Bar Association
Hispanic Bar Association
Recognition & Awards
Recipient Professor of the Year Award by the 2013 Class
Recipient, Professor of the Year and Outstanding Advisor, 2001-2002 by the Hispanic Law Student Association Thurgood Marshall School of Law.
Named Outstanding Visiting Professor, 1999-2000 by the Student Bar Association Wesleyan University School of Law
Named 1L Outstanding Evening Professor, 1999-2000 by the Student Bar Association Wesleyan University School of Law
Recipient, Professor of the Year, 1997-98, Chicano Law Association
Recipient, Professor of the Year, 1996-97, Chicano Law Association
Recipient, Achievement Award, 1995-96 Chicano Law Student Association
Recipient, Professor of the Year, 1994-95, Chicano Law Association.
Recipient, Lex Justa Award, 1991-92, Thurgood Marshall School of Law, an award
presented by the Asian Pacific Student Association to the Professor that the organization believed best exemplified the ideal of justice during the year;