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Professor Lindsay M. Harris

Lindsay M. Harris
Assistant Professor of Law

B.A., University of California, San Diego; J.D., University of California Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), L.L.M., Georgetown University Law Center.

Lindsay Harris is an assistant professor of law at UDC David A. Clarke School of Law. She teaches in the Immigration and Human Rights Clinic.

Prior to joining the faculty at UDC, Professor Harris spent a year with the American Immigration Council focused on efforts to end the detention of immigrant families seeking protection in the United States, as part of the CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project. As an Equal Justice Works Fellow and later a staff attorney, she launched and led the African Women’s Empowerment Project at the Tahirih Justice Center, conducting outreach to and representing survivors of gender-based violence in the DC metro area. Immediately following graduation from law school, Professor Harris clerked for the Honorable Harry Pregerson of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Professor Harris previously taught for two years as a Clinical Teaching Fellow and Supervising Attorney in Georgetown University’s Center for Applied Legal Studies, supervising students representing detained and non-detained asylum seekers in immigration court. She also developed and taught the Refugee and Asylum Law Course at George Mason University School of Law for two years as an Adjunct Professor while in practice.

Professor Harris is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of California, San Diego, where she was awarded the Eleanor Roosevelt College Global Service Award and holds degrees in International Studies – Anthropology and Psychology. Professor Harris earned her J.D. from the University of California Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) where she graduated as a member of the Order of the Coif, and served as a student leader of the California Asylum Representation Clinic, the Boalt Hall Committee for Human Rights, the Boalt Hall Women’s Association, and on the editorial staff of the Berkeley Journal of International Law. As a law student, she worked with the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies and was a Berkeley Human Rights Center Fellow in South Africa. For her work in Berkeley Law’s International Human Rights Clinic and the East Bay Community Law Center's Health and Immigration Unit, Professor Harris was awarded the Sax Prize for Excellence in Clinical Advocacy. Professor Harris holds an L.L.M in Advocacy, with distinction, from Georgetown University Law Center.

Professor Harris’ research examines the human outcomes of immigration laws and policies. Her publications address contemporary issues in asylum law and policy, including gender-based and gang-related asylum claims. Professor Harris’ research frequently looks beyond the law, employing social science research methods to assess the efficacy of laws and policies, for example those designed to facilitate the integration of individuals granted asylum in the United States. She has been invited to speak across the United States and in Canada on asylee integration, gender-based and gang-based asylum claims, the detention of immigrant families, the use of experts in asylum cases, public interest legal careers, and clinical legal education.

Professor Harris speaks French and is a member of the California bar. She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, has served on a number of local AILA committees and currently sits on the National Asylum and Refugee Liaison committee.


  • The One-Year Bar in the Age of the Immigration Court Backlog, __ Wisc. L. R. __ (forthcoming 2016)
  • From Surviving to Thriving? An Investigation of Asylee Integration in the United States, N.Y.U Review of Law & Social Change, Vol. 40:29 (2016)
  • Preserving the One Year Filing Deadline for Cases Stuck in the Immigration Court Backlog, Practice Advisory, American Immigration Council (2016) (co-author)
  • Expert Evidence in Gender-Based Asylum Cases: Cultural Translation for the Court, Benders Immigration Bulletin Vol. 17(22) (2012)
  • Matter of S-E-G-: A Final Nail in the Coffin of Gang-Related Asylum Cases?, Berkeley La Raza L.J. Vol. 20 (2010) (co-author)
  • Untold Stories: Gender-related Persecution and Asylum in South Africa, 15 Mich. J. Gender & L. 291 (2009)


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