About Mary Holper
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.
- Fall 2016: Immigration Clinic, Global Citizenship: Interdisciplinary Seminar
- Spring 2017: Immigration Clinic
Associate Clinical Professor
Director, Immigration Law Clinic
Boston College Law School
885 Centre St.
Newton Centre, MA 02459
Is Immigration Law Family-Friendly? Journal of Catholic Social Thought (2016)
At first glance, the U.S. immigration system seems very family-friendly. The majority of lawful immigration occurs through family petitions,1 reflecting family reunification as one of the core principles of immigration policy. However, a closer look ...
Confronting Cops in Immigration Court William and Mary Bill of Rights Journal (2015)
Immigration judges routinely use police reports to make life-altering decisions in noncitizens’ lives. The word of the police officer prevents a detainee from being released on bond, leads to negative discretionary decisions in relief from ...
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 involving moral turpitude” (CIMT) in deportation law. The Supreme Court in the 1951 case Jordan v. DeGeorge decided that a ...
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 Silva-Trevino, in which he reversed over a century of immigration law precedent by creating a new moral turpitude test. He ...
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 Treatment of Punishment (“CAT”) prevents removal of a person to a country where there is a substantial likelihood of torture. ...
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 and Argentina. My purpose is to develop a general understanding of the procedure for bringing the writ in each country ...
Contributions to Books (1)
Forthcoming Articles (2)
Redefining Particularly Serious Crimes in Refugee Law Florida Law Review, Forthcoming (2017)
This article explores the term “particularly serious crime (“PSC”),” which is a bar to refugee protection under both U.S. and international law. I examine the evolution of the PSC bar to refugee protection in U.S. ...
The Beast of Burden in Immigration Bond Hearings Case Western Reserve Law Review, Forthcoming (2016)
This term, in the case of Jennings v. Rodriguez, the Supreme Court will consider whether mandatory detention applies to noncitizens whose removal proceedings have become prolonged. Should the Court grant these detainees a right to ...
Selected Professional Activities (32)
Promptly Proving the Need to Detain for Deportation This Side of the Border: An Analysis of Immigration Detention, Enforcement, and Community Impact, Valparaiso University Law Review (2016)
I add to the ever-growing list of procedural protections that should be imported from the criminal justice system into the deportation system. I propose that for post-entry social control acts of deportation, immigration detainees must ...
Panelist, Immigration Exploitation Boston College School of Social Work Immigration Integration Lab (2016)
Co-panelist with others, including BC Social Work Professor Westy Egmont and BC Law Professor Daniel Kanstroom, who commented on a presentation by Robin Eichen of the Federal Trade Commission about immigration exploitation.
The Role of Law School Clinics in Advancing the Declaration Conference Regarding the Draft Convention on the Rights of Forcibly Expelled Persons, Boston College Center for Human Rights and International Justice (2016)
Presented with Michael Wishnie from Yale Law School and Jennifer Chacon from University of California Irvine regarding the role that law schools could take in advancing the proposed Declaration on the Rights of Forcibly Expelled ...