Recent News and Events
UVA Law Students Help Teen Human Trafficking Victim Gain Lawful Immigration Status
Two University of Virginia law students recently played a key role in obtaining lawful immigration status for a teenager from El Salvador who was forced to smuggle drugs across the desert and into the United States. More
UVA Law Professor Brandon Garrett Co-Authors First Comprehensive Casebook on Habeas Corpus
A new casebook co-authored by University of Virginia law professor Brandon Garrett is the first to comprehensively cover habeas corpus, particularly exploring the topics of post-conviction review, executive and national security detention litigation, and the detention of immigrants. More
Over Spring Break, UVA Law Students Assist Low-Income Clients, Immigrants
Thirty University of Virginia law students spent their spring break this year providing pro bono legal services and humanitarian aid, traveling as far away as the Arizona border with Mexico to assist the indigent. More
"Comprehensive Immigration Reform in 2013?"
At the Virginia Journal of Social Policy & the Law's 2013 symposium, "Theory and Practice," UVA law professor David Martin and American Immigration Lawyers Association President Laura Lichter discuss immigration reform in a talk moderated by UVA law professor Kerry Abrams. More
At Annual Supreme Court Roundup, UVA Law Professors Explain Health Care, Immigration Decisions
Before a packed crowd of students and faculty in Caplin Pavilion, a panel of three University of Virginia law professors explained the most important Supreme Court decisions of the 2011-12 term, including cases involving the federal health care law and Arizona's immigration statute. More
Judge Overturns Robbery Conviction of UVA Law Innocence Clinic Client Facing Deportation
A judge in Fairfax County Circuit Court on Thursday reversed the 2010 robbery conviction of a 22-year-old client of the University of Virginia School of Law's Innocence Project Clinic and the law firm McGuireWoods. More
"Arizona v. United States: Implications of the Supreme Court's Ruling"
UVA Law professors Kerry Abrams, Anne Coughlin, John Harrison and David Martin discuss the implications of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision on Arizona's controversial immigration law. More
David Martin on New U.S. Policy to Defer Deportation of Young Immigrants
As many as 1.7 million young illegal immigrants may qualify for temporary legal status under a new federal policy, known as "deferred action," that goes into effect Wednesday. More
Abrams Wins Faculty McFarland Award for Scholarship in Family Law
University of Virginia law professor Kerry Abrams, an expert in issues where family and immigration law intersect, has won the Law School's Carl McFarland Prize, a biennial award given to a junior faculty member for outstanding research. More
Criminals Are New Priority for U.S. Immigration Enforcement, ICE Director Says
The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency is "redefining" its approach to enforcing the nation's immigration laws by targeting its efforts at specific groups of illegal immigrants — most notably those with a criminal record, ICE Director John Morton said Monday at the University of Virginia School of Law. More
Clinic Helps Immigrants on Path to Earning U.S. Residency
When the Immigration Law Clinic at the University of Virginia School of Law took on Shanteny Calvin's case, the clinic's students were skeptical. More
U.S. Has 'Good Chance' to Win Supreme Court Challenge to Arizona Immigration Law, Martin Says
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to rule on the federal government's challenge to Arizona's tough anti-illegal immigration law. David Martin, a University of Virginia law professor and one of the nation's leading experts in immigration law, said the outcome of the case, Arizona v. United States, is difficult to predict, but he believes the federal government has a relatively strong case. More
"The Arizona Immigration Law, Sanctuary Cities, and Secure Communities: What Can States Do About Illegal Aliens?"
Professor David Martin debated Arizona's immigration law with Ilya Shapiro on Wednesday.