Ingrid Eagly

Professor of Law
Faculty Director, Criminal Justice Program

  • A.B. Princeton University, 1991
  • J.D. Harvard Law School, 1995
  • UCLA Faculty Since 2008

Ingrid Eagly is a Professor of Law and Faculty Director of the Criminal Justice Program at UCLA Law (view CV). Her teaching and research interests include immigration law, criminal law, evidence, and public interest lawyering. In 2017 she received UCLA’s Distinguished Teaching Award, and previously served as Faculty Director of the David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy.

Professor Eagly is an expert in the intersection between immigration enforcement and the criminal legal system. Her recent work explores a range of topics, including the prosecution of immigration crimes, the role of public defenders, and U.S. immigration courts. Eagly’s scholarship has appeared in the Stanford Law Review, Yale Law Journal, University of Pennsylvania Law Review, California Law Review, NYU Law Review, Law & Society Review, and Texas Law Review, among others. Eagly currently serves as a co-editor of the ImmigrationProf blog.

A graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School, Eagly clerked for the Honorable Judge David H. Coar of the U.S. District Court in Chicago. Prior to joining the academy, Professor Eagly was also a Skadden Fellow at the Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago (LAF), a Soros Justice Fellow at the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA), and a trial attorney for the Federal Public Defender in Los Angeles.


  • Books And Chapters
    • Virtual Courts, in Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice (edited by Henry N. Pontell). Oxford University Press (forthcoming 2025).
    • Punishing Immigration, Chapter 19, in Oxford Handbook on Sentencing (edited by Michael T. Light & Ryan D. King). Oxford University Press (forthcoming 2024).
    • Criminal Practice: A Handbook for New Advocates (with George Fisher & Ronald Tyler). Foundation Press (2021). Book Info.
    • Prosecuting Immigrants in a Democracy, Chapter 8, in Prosecutors and Democracy: A Cross-National Study (edited by Maximo Langer & David Alan Sklansky). Cambridge University Press (2017). Cambridge | Abstract
  • Articles
    • Detained Immigration Courts (with Steven Shafer), 110 Virginia Law Review 691 (2024). Full Text
    • Restructuring Public Defense After Padilla (with Tali Gires, Rebecca Kutlow, and Eliana Navarro Gracian), 74 Stanford Law Review 1 (2022). HeinOnline | SSRN
    • Lexipol’s Fight Against Police Reform (with Joanna Schwartz), 97 Indiana Law Journal 1 (2022). HeinOnline | SSRN
    • The Institutional Hearing Program: A Study of Prison-Based Immigration Courts in the United States (with Steven Shafer), 54 Law & Society Review 788 (2020). HeinOnline | Full Text
    • Measuring In Absentia Removal in Immigration Court (with Steven Shafer), 168 University of Pennsylvania Law Review 817 (2020). HeinOnline | SSRN
    • The Movement to Decriminalize Border Crossing, 61 Boston College Law Review 1967 (2020). HeinOnline | SSRN
    • Detaining Families: A Study of Asylum Adjudication in Family Detention (with Steven Shafer and Jana Whalley), 106 California Law Review 785 (2018). HeinOnline | SSRN
    • Lexipol: The Privatization of Police Policymaking (with Joanna C. Schwartz), 96 Texas Law Review 891 (2018). HeinOnline | SSRN
    • Understanding “Sanctuary Cities” (with Christopher N. Lasch, R. Linus Chan, Dina Francesca Haynes, Annie Lai, Elizabeth M. McCormick, and Juliet P. Stumpf), 59 Boston College Law Review 1703 (2018). HeinOnline | SSRN
    • Criminal Justice in an Era of Mass Deportation: Reforms from California, 20 New Criminal Law Review 12 (2017). Selected for inclusion in 38 Immigration & Nationality Law Review 515 (2017). HeinOnline | SSRN
    • Immigrant Protective Policies in Criminal Justice, 95 Texas Law Review 245 (2016). HeinOnline | SSRN
    • A National Study of Access to Counsel in Immigration Court (with Steven Shafer), 165 University of Pennsylvania Law Review 1 (2015). HeinOnline | SSRN
    • Remote Adjudication in Immigration, 109 Northwestern University Law Review 933 (2015). Selected for inclusion in 21 Bender’s Immigration Bulletin 647 (Lexis-Nexis 2016). HeinOnline | SSRN
    • Criminal Justice for Noncitizens: An Analysis of Variation in Local Enforcement, 88 New York University Law Review 1126 (2013). HeinOnline | SSRN
    • Gideon's Migration, 122 Yale Law Journal 2282 (2013). Selected for inclusion in 34 Immigration & Nationality Law Review 237 (2013). HeinOnline | SSRN
    • Local Immigration Prosecution: A Study of Arizona Before SB 1070, 58 UCLA Law Review 1749 (2011). HeinOnline | SSRN
    • Prosecuting Immigration, 104 Northwestern University Law Review 1281 (2010). HeinOnline | SSRN
    • A Critical Reflection on Law and Organizing (with Scott L. Cummings), 48 UCLA Law Review 443 (2001). HeinOnline | SSRN
  • Essays
    • Second Chances in Criminal and Immigration Law, 2022 Ralph F. Fuchs Lecture, 98 Indiana Law Journal 977 (2023). Selected for inclusion in 44 Immigration & Nationality Law Review __ (2024).  HeinOnline | Full Text
    • Access to Justice for Immigrants: A Lecture Presented in Memory of Breanna Boss, 92 University of Colorado Law Review Forum 1 (2021). HeinOnline |  Full Text
    • Access to Counsel and the Legacy of Juan Osuna, Center for Migration Studies (2019). Full Text
    • Criminal Clinics in the Pursuit of Immigrant Rights: Lessons from the Loncheros, 2 UC Irvine Law Review 91 (2012). HeinOnline | SSRN
  • Book Reviews And Response Pieces
    • The Racism of Immigration Crime Prosecution, 109 Iowa Law Review Online 27 (2023). Reviewing Race, History, and Immigration Crimes, by Eric Fish, 107 Iowa Law Review 1051 (2022). HeinOnline | Full Text
    • Bureaucratic Oppression in Immigration Administration, Administrative Law Blog Symposium (2022). Reviewing Administrative Law in Action: Immigration Administration, by Robert Thomas (Bloomsbury Publishing, 2022). Full Text
    • Access to Public Records in Immigration Law, Notice & Comment, Yale Journal on Regulation (2022). Reviewing Saving the Freedom of Information Act, by Margaret B. Kwoka (Cambridge University Press, 2021). Full Text
    • Learning from Deported Americans, 50 Southwestern Law Review 333 (2021). Reviewing Deported Americans: Life After Deportation to Mexico, by Beth Caldwell (Duke University Press, 2019). HeinOnline | Full Text
    • Book Review, 52 Law & Society Review, 1100 (2018). Reviewing Protect, Serve, and Deport: The Rise of Policing as Immigration Enforcement, by Amada Armenta (University of California Press, 2017). HeinOnline | Wiley
    • ImmigrationProf Blog (October 22, 2015). Reviewing Crimmigration Law, by César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández (American Bar Association, 2015). Full Text
    • Book Review, 15 Punishment & Society 560 (2013). Reviewing Governing Immigration Through Crime: A Reader, edited by Julie A. Dowling & Jonathan Xavier Inda (Stanford University Press, 2013). HeinOnline | Sage Publications
    • After Public Interest Law (with Scott L. Cummings), 100 Northwestern University Law Review 1251 (2006). Reviewing Suburban Sweatshops: The Fight for Immigrant Rights, by Jennifer Gordon (Harvard University Press, 2005). HeinOnline | SSRN
    • Lawyers, Unite (with Scott L. Cummings), Legal Affairs at 63 (March/April 2005). Reviewing Suburban Sweatshops: The Fight for Immigrant Rights, by Jennifer Gordon (Harvard University Press, 2005). Full Text
  • Policy Reports
    • Report, LGBT Asylum Claims in the United States (with Ari Shaw, Winston Luhur, and Kerith J. Conron), The Williams Institute (March 2021). Full Text
    • Special Report, Measuring In Absentia Removal in Immigration Court (with Steven Shafer), American Immigration Council (January 2021). Full Text
    • Special Report, Detaining Families: A Study of Asylum Adjudication in Family Detention (with Steven Shafer and Jana Whalley), American Immigration Council (August 2018). Full Text
    • Special Report, Access to Counsel in Immigration Court (with Steven Shafer), American Immigration Council (September 2016). Full Text
  • Opinion
    • How California Is Failing to Meet a Crucial Constitutional Obligation to Noncitizens (with Rebecca Kutlow), San Francisco Chronicle (March 9, 2022). Full Text
    • Mr. President, Immigrants Show Up in Court (with Steven Shafer), L.A. Times A13 (October 29, 2020). Full Text
    • Don’t Let Trump’s New Immigration Policy Trick You (with Steven Shafer and Jana Walley), The Washington Post (June 26, 2018). Full Text
    • Reforming Criminal Justice in an Era of Mass Deportation, Harvard Law Review Blog (October 17, 2017). Full Text
    • Why We Need to Support the California Values Act, Daily Journal (April 24, 2017).