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About Enid F. Trucios-Haynes

Professor Trucios-Haynes joined the faculty at the Brandeis School of Law in 1993. She is a nationally recognized scholar in immigration law and she has been in the field for over 30 years. Professor Trucios-Haynes teaches constitutional law, immigration law, international law, and race and the law. Her research and scholarship focuses on immigration law, constitutional law and race and the law with an emphasis on issues affecting Latinos. Professor Trucios-Haynes was the founder and director of the Brandeis School of Law Immigration Mini-Clinic (1998-2000), a pilot project and the only live-client clinical experience available to students at that time, and served as Associate Dean of Academic Affairs for the Brandeis School of Law from 2004-2007.
Since Fall 2014, Professor Trucios-Haynes has been the interim Director of the Muhammad Ali Institute for Peace and Justice, a diversity unit within the Office of the Vice Provost for Diversity and International Affairs. She is the Co-Principal Investigator for a 21st Century Research Innovation Grant to create the Cooperative Consortium for Transdisciplinary Social Justice Research, which she has co-directed since January 2017. Professor Trucios-Haynes is the co-founder and co-director of the Brandeis Human Rights Advocacy Program with Professor Jamie Abrams which was established in Spring 2014 and focuses on immigrant, noncitizen, and refugee rights. From 2016-2018, Professor Trucios-Haynes served as the Chair of the Faculty Senate, the elected representative of the faculty of the University of Louisville, and as a Trustee of the University of Louisville. From 2010 to 2016, she served as the University’s Faculty Grievance Officer.
Professor Trucios-Haynes graduated from Stanford Law School where she served as Associate Editor of the Stanford Law Review, Co-President of Women of Stanford Law, and a member of the Stanford Latino Law Students Association. Her legal experience includes volunteer service at the Kingston Legal Aid Clinic in Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies, which she acquired during a “semester abroad” work-study program while attending Stanford Law School, as well as participation in the inaugural year of the school’s Immigration Law Clinic.
After graduation, Professor Trucios-Haynes worked in the litigation and real estate departments of Rosenman & Colin (now Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP) in New York, New York. Professor
Trucios-Haynes practiced immigration and nationality law as a Senior Associate at the law firm of Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP, the largest immigration law firm worldwide, where she represented Fortune 500 companies and high-net-worth individuals including Sir Paul McCartney and his band during his 1992 World Tour.
Professor Trucios-Haynes has received numerous awards during her career at Brandeis School of Law including the 2012 Distinguished University Award in Service, the 2012 Richard and Constance Lewis Fellows Award, University of Louisville 2001 Award for Exemplary Multicultural Teaching, the Brandeis School of Law Alumni Teaching Excellence Award (2001), and the Ann Oldfather Fellowship for Public Service in 1998, among others.
Professor Trucios-Haynes serves on the Metro Louisville Ethics Commission by appointment. She served as President of the board of the ACLU of Kentucky from 2013 to 2016, and continues to serve on its Executive and Litigation Program Committees. She also is the co-President of the board of the Hispanic-Latino Coalition of Louisville, and a member of the board of directors for La Casita Center. She serves in a leadership capacity in a number of University of Louisville committees including the Campus Climate Committee of the Commission on Diversity and Equity, and the Latin American and Latino Studies Program Steering Group. Professor Trucios-Haynes is a regular speaker on immigration issues and is active in local immigrant rights organizations. She directs an Immigration Externship at Brandeis School of Law, as well as an immigration public service placement in the Samuel L. Greenebaum Public Service Program. This placement involves "Know Your Rights" presentations which offer an opportunity for students and community volunteers who are interested in immigration law. Professor Trucios-Haynes leads the team of volunteers on monthly visits to the Boone County Jail where immigration detainees are held in the custody of the ICE bureau of the Department of Homeland Security. The work is coordinated by the Detention Project of the Heartland Alliance's National Immigrant Justice Center


2000 - Present Professor of Law, University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law

Curriculum Vitae


2016 - Present Cooperative Consortium for Transdisciplinary Social Justice Research
iRFP 21st Century Research Innovation Grant, University of Louisville Executive Vice President of Research and Innovation
Role: Co-Principal Investigator
2017 Community Clinics: Identifying Services Gaps and Best Practices for Outreach
Consortium Grant funding HRAP-Kent School of Social Work TDR Project: Latin@
2016 - 2017 Human Rights Advocacy Fellowship
Louisville Bar Foundation
Role: Co-Recipient
2016 Human Rights Curricular Development
Wyatt Faculty Development Grant
Role: Co-Recipient
2014 - 2015 Human Rights Advocacy Fellowship
Louisville Bar Foundation
Role: Co-Recipient
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Professional Service and Affiliations

2016 - Present Trustee, University of Louisville
2016 - Present Chair, Faculty Senate, University of Louisville
2014 - Present Co-Director, Brandeis Human Rights Advocacy Project
2014 - Present Interim Director, Muhammad Ali Institute, University of Louisville
2000 - Present Professor of Law, University of Louisville
2010 - 2016 University Faculty Grievance Officer, University of Louisville
2004 - 2007 Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, University of Louisville
1998 - 2002 Co-Founder and Co-Director, Regulatory Law and Policy Program
1998 - 2000 Director, Immigration Law Mini-Clinic
1997 - 2000 Associate Professor, University of Louisville
1993 - 1997 Assistant Professor, University of Louisville
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Honors and Awards

  • 2017 “Exemplary Designee Award” to HRAP from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Community Engagement Scholarship Awards and the C. Peter Magrath Community Engagement Scholarship Award for work with the local undocumented community
  • 2014 Lee A. Webb Award for Outstanding Attorney for local immigrant rights work, Louisville Bar Association, Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration
  • 2012 Distinguished University Award in Service
  • 2012 Richard and Constance Lewis Fellows Award, University of Louisville
  • Ballantine Faculty Award
  • Frost Brown Todd Faculty Fellowship Award for Teaching
  • 1998 Ann Oldfather Fellowship for Public Service
  • 2001 Award for Exemplary Multicultural Teaching
  • 2000 Nominated for University Trustees Award for Extraordinary Impact on Students


  • Constitutional Law I
  • Constitutional Law II
  • Race and the Law
  • Immigration Law
  • Selected Problems in Immigration Law
  • International Human Rights Law
  • International Law
  • Administrative Law
  • Regulatory Law & Policy
  • Co-Director, Human Rights Advocacy Program
  • Director, Immigration Law Mini-Clinic (1998-2000)
  • Co-Director, Regulatory Law & Policy Program (1998-2002)
  • Director, Lawyering Skills (Spring 2008)
  • Basic Legal Skills (1995-1996)


1986 JD, Stanford University ‐ Law School
1983 BA, CUNY Queens College
1979 - 1980 Queensborough Community College

Contact Information

Louis D. Brandeis School of Law
Wilson W. Wyatt Hall
University of Louisville
Louisville, Kentucky  40292
(Office) 502-852-7694
(Fax) 502-852-0682


Books (4)

Journal Articles (13)