Emi MacLean is Adjunct Faculty at UCLA School of Law. She co-teaches Immigrant Family Law Clinic. She is currently a Co-Legal Director at the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) in Los Angeles where she works on legal and policy issues facing low-wage immigrant workers and represents individuals in deportation proceedings and in seeking affirmative immigration relief. Since 2015, she has also been a Lecturer at the Immigration Law Clinic at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) School of Law.
MacLean received her B.A. magna cum laude in Social Studies from Harvard University, and earned her J.D. magna cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center. While at law school, she was a Public Interest Law Scholar and received numerous honors and awards such as the ABA/BNA Excellence in Health Care Law Award. After law school, she joined the Center for Constitutional Rights as an attorney representing Guantanamo detainees and litigating government abuses committed in the "war on terror." She later worked with Doctors without Borders (MSF) as the U.S. Director of the Access to Essential Medicines Campaign and, in 2015, as the coordinator of MSF's emergency project responding to xenophobic violence in South Africa. From 2011-2015, MacLean was a legal officer for Open Society Justice Initiative developing strategic litigation and advocacy related to human rights violations, secrecy and accountability.
MacLean is actively involved in the National Lawyers Guild, serving on the Board of Directors since 2016.
MacLean’s publications have appeared in Harvard College Global Health Review and Georgetown Journal of International Law. She has been featured in international, national, and local print, TV and radio, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, and Time Magazine.