Fernando Colon-Navarro
Professor of Law and Director of L.L.M. & Immigration Development

Additional Information
Fall 2014 - Spring 2015 Property Law Syllabus
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Fernando Colon-Navarro

Phone: (713) 313-1918
Email: fcolon@tmslaw.tsu.edu
Joined the faculty in 1991.

Additional Biographical Information

  • Associate Professor, Texas Southern University, Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Houston, TX (1991-2008)
  • 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)

Publications -return to top-
  • Political Asylum and Judicial Review: The Rise and Fall of Imputed Political Opinion, 20 T. MARSHALL L. REV. 1 (1994).
  • Thinking Like a Lawyer, Expert Novice Differences in Simulated Client Interviews, 21 J. LEGAL PROF. 107 (1997).
  • 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.

Selected Presentations

  • 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
  • Panel on Immigrants and Law Enforcement The Citizens' Summit on Criminal Justice in Houston (April 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, 2002

Court Admissions -return to top-
  • Minnesota State and Federal Court, 1982
  • Illinois State and Federal Court, 1983
  • Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, Massachusetts, 1988

Affiliations -return to top-
  • Co-Founder of the Thurgood Marshall School of Law Institute for International and Immigration Law
  • American Bar Association
  • Chairperson, Elm Grove Community Association: Deed Restrictions Committee
  • Central American Refugee Project (CARECEN)
  • Pro Bono Attorney, Houston Refugee Pro Bono Project
  • National Coalition Advocates for Students (NCAS), past member advisory board
  • Served as Advisor to Congressman Edward Roybal on several occasions regarding immigration issues

Recognition & Awards -return to top-
  • Recipient, Professor of the Year and Outstanding Advisor, Hispanic Law Student Association, 2001-2002
  • Outstanding Visiting Professor, Student Bar Association-Wesleyan University School of Law, 1999-2000
  • 1L Outstanding Evening Professor, Student Bar Association Wesleyan University School of Law, 1999-2000
  • Professor of the Year, Chicano Law Association, 1997-98
  • Professor of the Year, Chicano Law Association, 1996-97
  • Achievement Award, Chicano Law Student Association, 1995-96
  • Professor of the Year, Chicano Law Association, 1994-95
  • Lex Justa Award, Thurgood Marshall School of Law Asian Pacific Student Association, 1991-92
  • Second Degree Black Belt - Tae Kwon Do - Certified Trainee Instructor