Linda Tam

Visiting Clinical Professor of Law

Background:

Linda Tam recently served as the Director of the Immigration Clinic at the East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC), the community-based component of Berkeley Law School’s clinical program. She also served as a lecturer for Berkeley Law.

Ms. Tam founded the Immigration Clinic in 2003 as a project providing free immigration legal services to immigrants living with HIV. She represents and counsels clients on a wide variety of immigration issues: political asylum, U visas, deportation defense, DACA, VAWA, SIJS, naturalization, immigration effects of criminal convictions, and public benefits eligibility. Under her leadership, the Immigration Clinic has expanded to include nine full-time legal staff and a team of undergraduate work-study students. It also houses two school-based legal projects and a full-time social worker who serves as a clinical supervisor for Masters in Social Work interns.

She is a contributor on immigration law to “AIDS and the Law,” the leading treatise on HIV legal issues. She has spoken at regional and national conferences, and was awarded the 2009 Legal Services Award by the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club and the 2016 Dale Minami Public Interest Fellowship Alumna of the Year by Berkeley Law’s APALSA.

Current Courses:

Advanced Immigrant Rights Clinic, Immigrant Rights Clinic