Immigration law expert Jennifer M. Chacón has joined the UCLA School of Law faculty as a professor of law.
The author of numerous articles, essays and book chapters on immigration, border control and human trafficking, Chacón has done groundbreaking work on mediating institutions in immigration enforcement — including local police and schools — and on the ways that immigration law and policy marginalize and shape the identities (including the racial identities) of many immigrants in the United States.
Her research has been funded by grants from the National Science Foundation and the Russell Sage Foundation. She is a co-author of the 2017 casebook Immigration Law and Social Justice (Aspen Press).
Chacón comes to UCLA from the UC Irvine School of Law, where she has been on the faculty since 2009 and where she has served as both senior associate dean for academic affairs and senior associate dean for administration. She joined UCI after five years at UC Davis School of Law, and has been a visiting professor at Stanford Law School and Harvard Law School.
Chacón earned an A.B. with Distinction from Stanford University and her J.D. from Yale Law School, then clerked for Judge Sidney Thomas on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She spent four years as an associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York, working on matters ranging from antitrust litigation to pro bono habeas corpus litigation in a death penalty case.
Among her many professional affiliations, Chacón is a member of the American Law Institute, and in 2007 and 2008 she served as an immigration advisor to President-elect Barack Obama's transition team. She currently serves on the executive committee of the American Association of Law Schools' Section on Immigration Law, and the Ninth Circuit Advisory Committee on Rules of Practice and Internal Operating Procedures.