Faculty Profiles

Sameer Ashar

Sameer Ashar

Vice Dean for Experiential Education and Professor of Law
B.A. Swarthmore College, 1991
J.D. Harvard law School, 1996
UCLA Faculty since 2018

Articles and Chapters

Citizenship Matters: Immigrant Vulnerabilities and Immigration Reform (with Jennifer Chacón, Susan Bibler Coutin, Stephen Lee, Edelina Burciaga and Alma Nidia Garza), U.C. Davis Law Review (forthcoming 2018).
Movement Lawyers in the Fight for Immigrant Rights, 64 UCLA Law Review 1464 (2017). Full Text
Deferred Action and the Discretionary State: Migration, Precarity, and Resistance (with Susan Bibler Coutin, Jennifer Chacón, and Stephen Lee), Citizenship Studies (2017). Full Text
Deep Critique and Democratic Lawyering in Clinical Practice, 104 California Law Review 201 (2016). Full Text
Executive Report: Navigating Legal Liminalities Along Pathways to Citizenship: Immigrant Vulnerability and the Role of Mediating Institutions (with Edelina Burciaga, Jennifer Chacon, Susan Coutin, Alma Nidia Garza, and Stephen Lee). Russell Sage Foundation (2015).
Fieldwork and the Political, in Transforming the Education of Lawyers: The Theory And Practice Of Clinical Pedagogy (edited by Susan Bryant, Elliott S. Milstein, and Ann C. Shalleck, Carolina Academic Press, 2014). Full Text
Advancing Low Wage Organizing Through Legal Representation, 47 Clearinghouse Review: Journal of Poverty Law and Policy 313 (2013). Full Text
Review Essay, 47 Law & Society Review 982 (2013). Reviewing Marginal Workers: How Legal Fault Lines Divide Workers And Leave Them Without Protection (2012), by Ruben J. Garcia. Full Text
Review Essay, 62 Journal of Legal Education 193 (2012). Reviewing The Global Clinical Movement: Educating Lawyers For Social Justice (2011), by Frank S. Bloch (ed). Full Text
White Paper, Misplaced Priorities: The Failure of Secure Communities in Los Angeles County (with Edgar Aguilasocho and David Rodwin), Immigrant Rights Clinic, University of California, Irvine School of Law (Jan. 2012).
Law Clinics and Collective Mobilization, 14 Clinical Law Review 455 (2008). Excerpted, Public Interest Lawyering: A Contemporary Perspective (Aspen 2012) and Clinical Anthology: Readings For Live Client Clinics, 2nd Ed. (LexisNexis 2011). Full Text
Public Interest Lawyers and Resistance Movements, 95 California Law Review 1879 (2007). Full Text
Immigration Enforcement and Subordination: The Consequences of Racial Profiling After September 11, 34 Connecticut Law Review 1185 (2002). Reprinted, 23 Immigration And Nationality Law Review 545 (2003). Full Text
Justice O’Connor’s Blind Rationalization of Affirmative Action Jurisprudence: Adarand Constructors, Inc. v. Pena (with Lisa Opoku), 31 Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review 223 (1996).

Works in Progress

Access to Power (with Annie Lai) (forthcoming 2019).
The Political Economy of Immigration Enforcement (with Amna Akbar) (forthcoming 2019).
Case Study 1: Movement Groups with Flat, Innovative Governance Structures (with Purvi Shah and Meena Jagannath) (forthcoming 2019).
Worker Center Voice and Governance (with Catherine Fisk) (forthcoming 2019).
Deportation Discretion and Prosecutorial Identity (with Stephen Lee) (forthcoming 2019).
Community Immigrant Defense.
Radical Possibility in American Legal Education (with Amna Akbar and Jocelyn Simonson).
Enjoining Mobilization: Legal Process and the Immigrant Rights Movement (with Jennifer Chacón, Susan Coutin, and Stephen Lee).