Director of the Justice and Immigration Clinic and Professor Law
LL.M., Georgetown University Law Center
J.D., University of California, Hastings
B.A., University of California, Los Angeles
Professor Uchimiya joined the College of Law faculty in 2005. She brings to the College significant practice experience, as well as clinical law teaching experience. She practiced immigration law for over ten years—eight in private practice and two as an Advocacy Fellow/Advising Attorney with the Center for Applied Legal Studies (CALS) at the Georgetown University Law Center.
In private practice, she represented non-citizens in a variety of cases before the Immigration and Naturalization Service, the Department of Homeland Security, the Immigration Court, the Board of Immigration Appeals, and the Federal Courts.
At CALS, she co-taught the classroom component of the asylum clinic and advised case teams in all aspects of client representation from the client interview, fact investigation, legal research, affidavit and brief writing, and oral advocacy to the asylum applicant’s hearing/trial before the Immigration Court.
Professor Uchimiya co-authored an article for practitioners detailing statutory and regulatory provisions allowing non-citizens to be represented by counsel, served on the faculty of the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Asylum Training in 2004, and served on the Immigration panel at the Equal Justice Works conference in 2005. She is a member of the state bar of California and the District of Columbia and is admitted to the United States Supreme Court. She has been a longstanding member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.
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