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Faculty Q&A: Kerry Abrams and Kent Piacenti '12 Investigate How Immigration Law Decides Rights of Parentage
University of Virginia law professor Kerry Abrams explores how immigration and citizenship law decides who receives rights of parentage in her new paper, "Immigration's Family Values," which was co-authored with 2012 UVA Law graduate Kent Piacenti. More

From Dark Days to a Brighter Future, Immigration Law Clinic Helps Clients Triumph Over Abuse
A filmmaker seeking asylum from political persecution, a young mother applying for a visa following threats by her boyfriend, and a man hoping to retain his residency after being abandoned by his U.S. citizen wife are three of the people helped by University of Virginia School of Law Immigration Law Clinic students over the past year. More

UVA Law Students Pen Legislation to Protect Immigrants from Being Scammed
When two University of Virginia School of Law students graduate this spring, they will not only go on to practice law, it looks like they will be able to say they helped make law, too. A bill championed by Julianne Jaquith and Roxana Miller to protect unsuspecting immigrants in the Commonwealth from immigration consultant fraud is currently on Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s desk, where he is expected to sign it. More

Talukder '14 Receives EJW Fellowship to Help Immigrant Survivors of Sex Trafficking, Domestic Violence
Third-year law student Sabrina Talukder has been awarded a prestigious Equal Justice Works Fellowship to help noncitizen survivors of sex trafficking and domestic violence in New York City who are facing possible deportation. More

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