Mary Holper is an Associate Clinical Professor and Director of the Immigration Clinic at Boston College Law School. Prior to joining the BCLS faculty, Professor Holper was an Associate Professor of Law at Roger Williams University School of Law in Rhode Island, where she founded and directed the Roger Williams University School of Law Immigration Clinic. Professor Holper previously worked at BCLS supervising students in the school’s immigration clinics. From 2008-2009, she was a Visiting Assistant Professor at BCLS. She also was a detention fellow for the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) at the Boston College Immigration and Asylum Project at BCLS from 2005-07, and a Human Rights Fellow for the Boston College Center for Human Rights and International Justice from 2007-08. She began her career as an Equal Justice Works Fellow at the Capital Area Immigrants' Rights (CAIR) Coalition in Washington, D.C. Throughout her career, she has represented immigration detainees who face removal and has participated in impact litigation challenging the overuse of mandatory detention and indefinite detention and the classification of certain crimes as “aggravated felonies” in immigration law. In addition, Professor Holper has represented other vulnerable noncitizen populations such as refugees, juveniles, victims of domestic violence, and victims of violent crime. Professor Holper has spoken on numerous panels about immigration issues, particularly on the intersection of immigration law and crimes and removal proceedings. She also has written and co-authored articles for various handbooks, reference guides, and law reviews regarding immigration issues.
Deportation for a Sin: Why Moral Turpitude Is Void for Vagueness, Nebraska Law Review (2012)
A major problem facing noncitizen criminal defendants today is the vagueness of the term “crime...
The New Moral Turpitude Test: Failing Chevron Step Zero, Brooklyn Law Review (2011)
In the waning days of the Bush administration, Attorney General Michael Mukasey decided In re...
Specific Intent and the Purposeful Narrowing of Victim Protection Under the Convention Against Torture, Oregon Law Review (2009)
Article 3 of the United Nations Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading...
Habeas Corpus Reform in El Salvador, Law and Justice in the Americas Working Paper Series (2003)
In this paper I compare the habeas corpus systems of El Salvador, the United States...
Selected Professional Activities
The Nuts and Bolts of Asylum Law, Boston Bar Association (2014)
Cancellation of Removal in Immigration Cases, Boston Immigration Court, New England Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, and the Political Asylum/Immigration Representation Project (2013)
Special Immigration Juvenile Status and Asylum for Unaccompanied Minors, Juvenile Rights Advocacy Project (2013)
Cancellation of Removal, Boston Immigration Court, Political Asylum/Immigration Representation Project, and New England chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (2011)
Training for immigration attorneys, first presented in October 2008 and repeated in October 2011.