- 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 ...
Redefining Particularly Serious Crimes in Refugee Law Emerging Immigration Scholars' Conference (2015)
Presented work in progress and acted as discussant for other papers. Professor Holper also presented this work at the Faculty Colloquium, Hastings College of Law, San Francisco, CA in February 2016.