Renowned clinical educator Sameer Ashar will join UCLA School of Law in July as a professor of law and Vice Dean for Experiential Education.
Ashar comes from UC Irvine School of Law, where he is founder and co-director of the Immigrant Rights Clinic. The clinic represents clients in four Southern California counties, focusing on workers' rights, deportation defense and immigration enforcement issues. At UCI Law, Ashar also teaches the first-year Legal Profession course and a seminar on law and social movements.
Before joining UC Irvine in 2011, Ashar was an associate professor and associate dean for clinical programs at the City University of New York School of Law, an assistant professor at University of Maryland School of Law and an acting assistant professor of clinical law at NYU School of Law.
Ashar has published and presented widely on subjects including clinical practice and scholarship, race and the law, movement lawyering, civil liberties post-9/11 and immigration law. He has represented individuals in immigration and labor cases before numerous administrative bodies, as well as in state and federal courts.
He earned his law degree cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1996, and his bachelor's degree from Swarthmore College. He clerked for Judge Deborah Batts on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and received a Skadden Fellowship to pursue work in public interest law.
In his new role at UCLA Law, Ashar will oversee the school's robust Clinical and Experiential Program and work with Assistant Dean for Experiential Education Allison Korn to grow UCLA Law's live-client clinics. In the last two years the law school has added clinics in immigration policy, veterans' affairs, and documentary film and music law, building on a legacy of excellence dating back to the foundational work of leading clinical scholars, including David Binder and many others.