Alina Das, J.D., Assistant Professor of Clinical Law and Supervising Attorney at the New York University School of Law
Alina Das is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Law and Supervising Attorney at the New York University (NYU) School of Law. Professor Das is Co-Director of the NYU Immigrant Rights Clinic, a leading institution in local and national struggles for immigrant rights. She and her students represent immigrants and community organizations in litigation at the agency, federal court, and Supreme Court level, and in immigrant rights campaigns at the local, state, and national level. Their current cases and campaigns address issues involving defenses to mandatory deportation and detention, the advancement of immigrants’ constitutional rights, challenges to local enforcement of federal immigration law, the promotion of labor rights for immigrant workers, advocacy for access to education for immigrant youth, and the exposure of detention conditions and the need for reform.
In addition to her clinical work, Professor Das engages in scholarship on deportation and detention issues, particularly at the intersection of immigration and criminal law. Her recent articles include Immigration Detention: Information Gaps and Institutional Barriers to Reform (U. Chicago Law Review, forthcoming) and The Immigration Penalties of Criminal Convictions: Resurrecting Categorical Analysis in Immigration Law (NYU Law Review, 2011). She is a member and subcommittee co-chair for the New York State Bar Association’s Special Committee on Immigration Representation and the New York City Bar Association’s Criminal Courts Committee, and has co-authored reports for both organizations. Professor Das also serves as the co-chair of the Board of Directors for Families for Freedom, a network of immigrants and families facing deportation and their allies.
Prior to joining the Immigrant Rights Clinic, Professor Das was an attorney and a Soros Justice Fellow with the Immigrant Defense Project, where she engaged in strategic advocacy and litigation to address the immigration penalties associated with drug convictions and participation in alternatives to incarceration. Prior to her work at the Immigrant Defense Project, Professor Das clerked for Hon. Kermit V. Lipez of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.
Professor Das received her J.D. from NYU School of Law, where she was a Root-Tilden-Kern Public Interest Scholar and a recipient of the Vanderbilt Medal, Hy Frankel Award in Law and Social Welfare, and PSLawNet National Pro Bono Publico Award. Professor Das is also a graduate of Harvard University (A.B. in Government) and NYU Wagner School of Public Service (M.P.A.). She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband Nafees Tejani.