Professor of Law
Immigration law, constitutional law, criminal procedure and criminal law
Professor Chacón does research in the fields of immigration law, constitutional law and criminal law and procedure. As a teacher of both criminal procedure and immigration law and policy, she is particularly interested in questions arising at the intersection of these fields.
Statutory Analysis, Immigration Law and Policy, Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure, Practicum, Criminal Procedure, Critical Identity Theory, Constitutional Analysis I, Constitutional Analysis II, Immigration Colloquium
- Jennifer M. Chacón, Kevin R. Johnson & Bill Ong hing, Immigration Law and Social Justice (forthcoming 2017).
- Privatized Immigration Enforcement, __ Harv. C.R.-C.L. Rev. (forthcoming 2017).
- Jennifer M. Chacón, Immigration and Racial Formation in an Era of Enforcement, in Race, Criminal Justice & Migration Control (Mary Bosworth, Alpa Parmer & Yolanda Vázquez, eds., forthcoming 2017).
- Jennifer M. Chacón, Human Trafficking, Immigration Regulation and Sub-federal Criminalization, 20 New Crim L. Rev. 96 (2017).
- Jennifer M. Chacón, Toward Justice: Thoughts on Michael A. Olivas’s “IIRIRA, the DREAM Act, and Undocumented College Student Residency,” in Law Professor and Accidental Historian (Ediberto Roman, ed., 2016).
- Jennifer M. Chacón, A New Hope: Bringing Justice Back into Removal Proceedings, 91 N.Y.U. L. Rev. Online 132 (2016).
- Jennifer M. Chacón et al., Navigating Liminal Legalities Along Pathways to Citizenship: Immigrant Vulnerabilities and the Role of Mediating Institution (2015)
- Jennifer M. Chacón, Producing Liminal Legality Denv. L. Rev. 92 (2015).
- Jennifer M. Chacón, Immigration Detention: No Turning Back?, South Atl. Q. 113 (2014).
- Prof. Chacón's Scholarly Papers on SSRN
- February 11, 2017
Participant: Bridging the Gap: A Conference on Scholarship and Criminal Justice Reform, Beus Center for Law and Society, Phoenix, Arizona
- February 10, 2017
Panelist, State Violence Panel, Race against the Races Symposium, UC Irvine School of Law
- January 27, 2017
Panelist, Latinx Symposium: Latinx Advocacy In/Different Spaces, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA
- January 7, 2016
Panelist, “Presidential Politics and the Future of the Supreme Court: Post-Election Reflections and Forecasts for the "Post-Racial" Post-Obama White House,” AALS Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA
- Nov. 7, 2016
Participant, Inaugural convening by American Bar Foundation to create Network for Justice to support Latino communities across the United States, UCLA
- November 3, 2016
Invited Speaker, Faculty Workshop, University of North Carolina School of Law, Chapel Hill, NC
- October 28, 2016
Participant, “Convergences and Differences among Undocumented Youth: Preliminary Thoughts Regarding Policy Design,” Incorporating Undocumented Students and Youth: A UC-Wide Workshop of Research and Policy Recommendations, UC Irvine
- Oct. 14, 2016:
Panelist, Rethinking Immigration Severity, presented “Liminal Legality and the 1996 Immigration Laws,” Drexel Law Review Symposium: 20 Years After the 1996 Immigration Laws, Drexel University
- Oct. 7, 2016:
Panelist, New Directions and New Challenges for Policing, Race and Policing Symposium, UC Irvine
- Nov. 20-21, 2015:
Participant, The Present and Future of Civil Rights Movements: Race and Reform in 21st Century America, Duke Law School
- October 24, 2015:
Participant, Roundtable on Immigration and Law, Inaugural UC Conference on Social Science and Law, UCI Beckman Center
- Sept 3, 2015:
Panelist, Plenary Session, “What Will it Take to Fix Our Broken Immigration System?” Hispanic National Bar Association Annual Convention, Boston
- July 10, 2014:
Panelist, 4th Annual Supreme Court Term in Review, UCI Law
- May 31, 2014:
Moderator, “Community Lawyers Between Market and State,” Law & Society Conference on Law and Inequalities: Global and Local, Minneapolis, MN
- May 30, 2014:
Presenter, author-meets-reader session on “Punishing Immigrants” (Charis Kubrin, et al., eds.), Law & Society Conference on Law and Inequalities: Global and Local, Minneapolis, MN
- May 22-May 24, 2014:
Organizer, Immigration Law Professors Workshop, UCI Law
- May 2-3, 2014:
Presenter, Post-Deportation Human Rights Project Conference, Boston College’s Conners Center
- Oct. 25, 2013:
Panelist, “School to Deportation?” Illegality, Youth, and Belonging conference, Harvard Graduate School of Education
- June 14, 2013:
Panelist, “Structuring an Academic Career: Tenure and Other Considerations,” 2013 Emerging Immigration Law Scholars and Teacher Conference, UCI Law
- April 12, 2013:
Panelist, “The Context and Significance of Padilla v. Kentucky,” Padilla v. Kentucky Symposium, University of Tennessee School of Law
- March 28, 2013:
Speaker, “Border Militarization and Feminist Legal Theory,” Cesar Chavez Week Lunch Speaker Series, University of California, Davis, School of Law
- March 1, 2013:
Panelist, “Overcriminalization and Anti-trafficking Policy,” Race, Domestic & Sexual Violence: From Prison Nation to Community Resistance symposium, University of California, Berkeley, School of Law
- Jan. 25, 2013:
Panelist, “Earning Citizenship,” Mid-Atlantic People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference, University of Pennsylvania School of Law
- Jan. 24, 2013:
Panelist, “Overcriminalizing Immigration,” BYU Law Review Symposium: “Discretion & Deference: Immigrants, Citizens, and the Law”
- July 17, 2012:
Panelist, 2nd Annual Supreme Court Term in Review, UCI Law
- Take Care Blog: Prof. Chacón writes about California v. DOJ on Immigration Enforcement
- Ars Technica: Prof. Chacón: The road forward is uncertain for tech companies seeking an exemption to Trump's immigration order
- KCRW: LISTEN: Prof. Chacón discusses what California would look like as a Sanctuary State (starts at 11:00)
- CNN: Prof. Chacón quoted: We're not suffering from a Constitutional crisis, yet
- Bloomberg: LISTEN: Prof. Chacón discusses the Constitutionality of Trump's executive order on immigration
- New York Times: Prof. Chacon quoted: A challenge based on equal-protection principles best line of attack against Trump's order
- Bloomberg: LISTEN: Prof. Chacón discusses President Trump's executive order, which allows govt. to withhold federal money from sanctuary cities
- The Conversation: Profs. Ashar, Chacón, Lee write: Trump's policies will affect four groups of undocumented immigrants
- Los Angeles Times: Prof. Chacón writes: Punishing Sanctuary Cities’ lawful behavior with the withholding of federal funds would be unconstitutional
- KUCI: Prof. Chacón offers definitive analysis of the status of immigration policy heading into Trump administration
- Los Angeles Daily News: Prof. Chacon on taking DNA from immigrants in reform
- Brian Leiter's Law School Reports: "The 'Regional' Law Schools With an Unusually Good Eye for Faculty Talent"