Nina Rabin, a leading educator and advocate in immigration law and policy, has joined UCLA School of Law as the executive director of the new Immigrant Family Legal Clinic.
An internationally sought-after speaker and author on immigration as it relates to the rights and well-being of women and families, Rabin comes to UCLA Law from the University of Arizona's James E. Rogers College of Law, where she served as a clinical professor of law since 2007.
At Arizona, she has directed the law school's Bacon Immigration Law and Policy Program and served as co-director of its Immigration Law Clinic, where she supervised students who represented immigrants in bond and removal proceedings. In addition, she directed the Workers' Rights Clinic, where she oversaw research, advocacy and legal services that students and fellows offered to low-wage immigrant workers.
From 2006 to 2017, she was also the director of border research for the University of Arizona's Southwest Institute for Research on Women.
At UCLA Law, Rabin will direct the Immigrant Family Legal Clinic, which is slated to open in January 2019 at the UCLA Community School in Koreatown, a K-12 campus in one of the city's most diverse neighborhoods. There, students and fellows will offer legal assistance and counseling to immigrant families in a variety of areas.
Rabin earned a B.A., magna cum laude, from Harvard University in 1998. She graduated from Yale Law School with a J.D. in 2003.
Thereafter, she served as a law clerk for the Hon. Dorothy Nelson '53 of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, worked for two years as an associate in the Oakland, California, law firm of Goldstein, Demchak, Baller, Borgen & Dardarian, and spent a year as the Senior Liman Fellow in Residence and lecturer at Yale Law School.