Faculty Profiles

Kristen Jackson

Kristen Jackson

Lecturer in Law
B.A. Brown University, 1994
J.D. Yale, 2002
UCLA Faculty Since 2008

Kristen Jackson co-teaches the Asylum Clinic. She is a Senior Staff Attorney in the Immigrants’ Rights Project of Los Angeles-based non-profit Public Counsel. She represents asylum seekers in affirmative and defensive cases. She also represents abused, abandoned and neglected children eligible for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status in the delinquency, dependency, probate and adoption systems – before state courts, the immigration service, immigration courts and federal appellate courts. Kristen provides nationwide trainings and technical assistance on children’s immigration issues with a focus on SIJS. She recently co-authored Special Immigrant Juvenile Status and Other Immigration Options for Children and Youth with the Immigrant Legal Resource Center. She serves as an Asylum Liaison for the Southern California Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Before joining Public Counsel, Kristen clerked on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She received her J.D. from Yale Law School, where she was a student director of the Advocacy for Parents and Children Clinic and a notes editor for The Yale Law Journal.