Clinical Professor of Law
Co-Director, Immigrant Rights Clinic
Clinical legal education, law and organizing, community lawyering, immigration law, employment and labor law
Sameer M. Ashar is Clinical Professor at the School of Law at the University of California, Irvine and co-director of the UC Irvine Immigrant Rights Clinic. He served as the Associate Dean for Clinical Programs at the CUNY School of Law and has also taught at the University of Maryland and NYU School of Law.
Professor Ashar focuses both his clinical practice and scholarship on how law can be used to support racially and economically subordinated communities. He has defended individuals before the Executive Office for Immigration Review, the Board of Immigration Appeals, and the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second and Fifth Circuits. He has represented immigrant workers in litigation against exploitative employers in state and federal court, as well as before the National Labor Relations Board, Equal Employment Opportunities Commission, and California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement.
Professor Ashar has worked on policy advocacy and community education projects with numerous immigrant organizations including the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, UNITE HERE Local 11, Warehouse Workers Resource Center, Orange County Immigrant Youth United, RAIZ, Restaurant Opportunities Center of New York, Domestic Workers United, Andolan Organizing South Asian Workers, New York Taxi Workers Alliance, Families for Freedom, and the Workplace Project.
Professor Ashar has published commentary and articles in Clearinghouse Review, Law and Society Review, Journal of Legal Education, Clinical Law Review, California Law Review and Connecticut Law Review. He serves on the board of the Clinical Law Review.
He holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a B.A. in Political Science from Swarthmore College.
Civil Rights Clinic, Immigrant and Refugee Rights Clinic, Immigration Colloquium, Law and Social Movements, Advanced Immigration Rights Clinic, Immigrant Rights Clinic
- Nov. 7, 2016
Participant, Inaugural convening by American Bar Foundation to create Network for Justice to support Latino communities across the United States, UCLA
- May 2, 2016:
Moderator, “Integration of New Teaching Materials on Social Justice and Community into the Clinical Curriculum,” 39th Annual Conference on Clinical Legal Education, Baltimore
- Oct. 23, 2014:
Keynote Speaker, 5th Annual Conference, The Association for Canadian Clinical Legal Education (ACCLE), Windsor, Ontario
- Oct. 17, 2014:
Panelist, “Law Schools and the New Prosperity Law,” Symposium: The New Prosperity Law: Expanding Opportunity and Reducing Inequality - 50 Years After the War on Poverty, UC Berkeley School of Law
- May 31, 2014:
Chair, “Community Lawyers Between Market and State,” Presenter, “Immigration Enforcement, Race, and Resistance,” Law & Society Conference on Law and Inequalities: Global and Local, Minneapolis, MN
- June 13, 2013:
Panelist, “Teaching Immigration Law: a discussion amongst survey, clinical, and specialized course perspectives,” 2013 Emerging Immigration Law Scholars and Teacher Conference, UCI Law
- Complex: Prof. Ashar: Immediate threat to undocumented immigrants is contact with any law enforcement
- The Conversation: Profs. Ashar, Chacón, Lee write: Trump's policies will affect four groups of undocumented immigrants
- The Washington Post: Dean Chemerinsky and 17 UCI Law professors among more than 1,200 law school faculty nationwide opposing nomination of Sessions as Attorney General
- LAW.COM: Prof. Ashar helped write “The Guerilla Guide to Law Teaching” to incorporate race in teaching
- American Prospect: Prof. Ashar quoted on whether Trump could limit Muslim immigration
- OC Weekly: Prof. Ashar: Deported Long Beach woman is protected by TRUST Act
- Voice of OC: Prof. Ashar comments on Trust Act and its impact on local immigrants
- KPCC 89.3: Prof. Ashar comments on Anaheim officials addressing immigration issues
- Daily Journal: Prof. Ashar on including labor investigations in law clinic (PDF)
- Mercury News: Immigrant Rights Clinic helps settle hotel workers' dispute