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About Rebecca Sharpless

Professor Sharpless is a faculty member of the University of Miami School of Law. She is founder and director of the Immigration Clinic and teaches immigration law. Her scholarly interests in include immigration law, criminal law, poverty law, and feminist theory. From 1996 to 2007, she was a supervising attorney at Americans for Immigrant Justice (formerly Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center), where she engaged in extensive litigation on behalf of low-income immigrants as lead counsel in cases before the United States Courts of Appeals and United States District Courts as well as immigration court and the Board of Immigration Appeals. She has received awards and recognition for her work.
Professor Sharpless writes and speaks widely on immigration law. She organizes conferences on immigration law and has been called upon to testify before the federal government on immigrant issues. Professor Sharpless has been an elected President of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, South Florida Chapter, and a longstanding board member of the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild.
Immediately before joining the School of Law's faculty, Professor Sharpless was a Visiting Clinical Professor of Law at Florida International University's College of Law, where she taught in-house clinics in the areas of immigration and human rights. She also taught a doctrinal course on immigration law.


Present Clinical Professor, University of Miami School of Law

Curriculum Vitae


19911994 JD, Harvard University ‐ Harvard Law School
19901991 MPhil, University of Cambridge
19861990 B.A., Swarthmore College

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Coral Gables, FL 33146
(305) 284-3576


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