Grace Meng

Director, Judge Rand Schrader Pro Bono Program

  • BA, Yale College, 1999
  • JD, Yale Law School, 2003

Grace Meng is the director of the Judge Rand Schrader Pro Bono Program.

Meng has practiced immigration law, documented human rights abuses, and authored numerous reports and articles on U.S. human rights issues. Before joining UCLA School of Law, Meng was at Human Rights Watch for over a decade as an associate director, researcher, and advocate in the U.S. Program. Her work at Human Rights Watch focused on immigrants’ rights and its intersections with the rights of people in the criminal legal system, LGBTQIA+ rights, women’s rights, disability rights, children’s rights, and workers’ rights. Before Human Rights Watch, she was an associate attorney in the Law Offices of Claudia Slovinsky in New York, representing individuals in a wide range of immigration matters, and a Liman Fellow at Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus, advocating for the rights of immigrant garment workers.

Meng has been interviewed by and published in a wide range of media outlets, such as the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, and National Public Radio. She has collaborated with artists, photographers, and actors on multimedia human rights advocacy projects. She participated in the creation of an exhibit on human rights at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta, Georgia.

Meng has a B.A. in English from Yale College and a J.D. from Yale Law School. While in law school, she was co-chair of the Student Board of the Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization, and provided legal services through the organization to asylum seekers and community development corporations.