Shira Levine

Lecturer

Background:

Shira Levine comes to the UCI Immigrant Rights Clinic from Centro Legal De La Raza, where she has spent the past four years representing new arrivals from Central America in Oakland’s Fruitvale neighborhood. Many of Shira’s clients there were mothers fleeing persecution and children who arrived alone in the United States. She helped them navigate the increasingly punitive immigration system to win asylum relief, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) protection, and U visas. Through a client-centered and trauma-informed approach, Shira also helped her clients vindicate their employment rights. She litigated in state and federal court to help low-wage and immigrant workers fight against on-the-job sexual assault, wage theft, and illegal discrimination.

A 2012 graduate of Stanford Law School, Shira is an alumna of Stanford’s Immigrants’ Rights Clinic and its Community Law Clinic. Upon graduation, she clerked for the late Honorable Harry Pregerson on the Ninth Circuit, a champion of immigrants’ and workers’ rights. Prior to law school, she taught bilingual first graders in the Bronx and worked as a field organizer in Michigan for President Obama’s 2008 campaign.

Shira is excited to work with UCI’s students on important immigration issues.

levine.shira@gmail.com 

Current Courses:

Advanced Immigrant Rights ClinicAdvanced Immigrant Rights Clinic WCC