|2015 - Present||Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Penn State Law|
|2007 - Present||Maureen B. Cavanaugh Distinguished Faculty Scholar, Penn State Law|
|2000 - Present||Professor of Law, Penn State Law|
|2005 - 2007||Maureen B. Cavanaugh Research Fellow, Penn State Law|
|2005 - 2006||Visiting Professor, Howard University Law School|
|2001 - 2001||Visiting Professor, Rutgers School of Law - Camden|
|1998 - 2000||Associate Professor of Law, Penn State Law|
|1995 - 1998||Assistant Professor of Law, Penn State Law|
Honors and Awards
- 1992 National Finalist, Note & Comment Competition, American Society of Writers on Legal Subjects (Scribes). Note selected as one of 18 finalists among over 100 entries.
- 2006, Elected to membership in the American Law Institute (ALI).
- 2007, Appointed Maureen B. Cavanaugh Distinguished Faculty Scholar.
- 2011, Delivered Barbara Jordan Memorial Lecture, Africana Research Center, Penn State.
- Administrative Law
- Race, Racism & American Law Seminar
- Immigration Law
- Equal Protection and Civil Rights
- Equal Rights
- Criminal Procedure
- Comparative Constitutional Law
- Constitutional Theory
- Constitutional Law II
- Constitutional Law I
|1989 - 1992||J.D., University of Southern California Law School|
|1984 - 1987||B.A., Swarthmore College|
|1983 - 1984||University of the Philippines|
The Prodigal Illegal: Christian Love and Immigration Reform Denver University Law Review (2015)
Despite the impasse around immigration reform, most everyone believes the United States’ immigration system is broken. And most agree that the key issue is what to do with the eleven million or so undocumented persons ...
Elusive Equality: Reflections on Justice Field’s Opinions in Chae Chan Ping and Fong Yue Ting Oklahoma Law Review (2015)
For immigration scholars, Justice Field is perhaps best remembered for his majority opinion in Chae Chan Ping v. United States, the Supreme Court’s decision upholding Chinese exclusion, and credited for introducing the plenary power doctrine ...
A Meditation on Moncrieffe: On Marijuana, Misdemeanants, and Migration Gonzaga Law Review (2014)
This essay is a brief meditation on the immigration schizophrenia in our law and legal culture through the lens of the Supreme Court’s latest statement on immigration and crime, Moncrieffe v. Holder. While hailed as ...
Hidden Lives and Human Rights in the United States: Understanding the Controversies and Tragedies of Undocumented Immigration (2014)
Victor Romero is a contributing author: "The Criminalization of Undocumented Migrants," vol. 2, pp. 1-39. In the United States, the crisis of undocumented immigrants draws strong opinions from both sides of the debate. For those ...
Reading (into) Windsor: Presidential Leadership, Marriage Equality, and Immigration Policy California Review of Law & Social Justice (2013)
Following the demise of the federal Defense of Marriage Act in United States v. Windsor, the Obama Administration directed a bold, equality-based reading of Windsor to immigration law, treating bi-national same-sex couples the same as ...
Immigration Law, Contracts, and Due Process: A Response to Professor Won Kidane’s Review of Everyday Law for Immigrants Seattle University Law Review (2011)
Professor Won Kidane has done me a great honor by reviewing Everyday Law for Immigrants. Authors pray their work is not ignored; they can only dream that colleagues will take it seriously. From that viewpoint, ...
Immigrant Education and the Promise of Integrative Egalitarianism Michigan State Law Review (2011)
Although not an equal protection case, Martinez v. Regents of the University of California challenges us to grapple with the Supreme Court’s post-Brown commitment to equal opportunity within the context of immigrant higher education. Sadly, ...
Interrogating Iqbal: Intent, Inertia, and (a Lack of) Imagination Penn State Law Review (2010)
In Ashcroft v. Iqbal, the Court reaffirmed the long-standing equal protection doctrine that government actors can only be held liable for discriminatory conduct when they purposefully rely on a forbidden characteristic, such as race or ...
Immigrant Rights in the Shadows of Citizenship Contributions to Books (2008)
Victor C. Romero is a contributing author: "Who Should Manage Immigration - Congress or the States? An Introduction to Constitutional Immigration Law." Chapter 12, page 286. Punctuated by marches across the United States in the ...
U.S. Immigration Policy: Contract or Human Rights Law? Nova Law Review (2008)
The current immigration debate often reflects a tension between affirming the individual rights of migrants against the power of a nation to control its borders. An examination of U.S. Supreme Court precedent reveals that, from ...
Crossing Borders: Loving v. Virginia as a Story of Migration Howard Law Journal (2007)
The struggle of binational same-gender partners today parallels the struggles of Mildred and Richard Loving during the heyday of the Civil Rights Movement - not only in the obvious parallels between race and sexual orientation ...
Alienated: Immigrant Rights, the Constitution, and Equality in America Books (2005)
Throughout American history, the government has used U.S. citizenship and immigration law to protect privileged groups from less privileged ones, using citizenship as a "legitimate" proxy for otherwise invidious, and often unconstitutional, discrimination on the ...
Asians, Gay Marriage, and Immigration: Family Unification at a Crossroads Indiana International & Comparative Law Review (2005)
Family unification has long been a significant component of U.S. immigration policy, and the Asian Pacific American (APA) community has long been a champion of laws that strengthen America's commitment to this goal. The recent ...
The Encyclopedia of Latinos and Latinas in the United States Contributions to Books (2005)
Victor C. Romero contributed the following encyclopedia entries: "Immigration/Deportation Cases and Legislation"; "McKinney v. Saviego"; and "People ex rel. Kimberly v. de la Guerra." This landmark scholarly work offers comprehensive, reliable, and accessible information about ...
Decoupling 'Terrorist' from 'Immigrant': An Enhanced Role for the Federal Courts Post 9/11 Journal of Gender, Race & Justice (2003)
Since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Attorney General John Ashcroft has utilized the broad immigration power ceded to him by Congress to ferret out terrorists among noncitizens detained for minor immigration violations. Such ...
Devolution and Discrimination New York University Annual Survey of American Law (2003)
This essay explores the issue of whether discrimination against two historically disadvantaged groups - racial minorities, on the one hand, and gays and lesbians, on the other - might increase or decrease should the federal ...
Noncitizen Students and Immigration Policy Post-9/11 Georgetown Immigration Law Journal (2003)
The purpose of this article is to describe the post-9/11 world for noncitizen students and scholars in light of recent federal legislation, specifically focusing on three laws: the USA-PATRIOT Act of 2001, the Border Commuter ...
The Child Citizenship Act and the Family Reunification Act: Valuing the Citizen Child as Well as the Citizen Parent Florida Law Review (2003)
Leading civil rights advocates today lament the degree to which current immigration law fails to maintain family unity. The recent passage of the Child Citizenship Act of 2000 is a rare bipartisan step in the ...
Postsecondary School Education Benefits for Undocumented Immigrants: Promises and Pitfalls North Carolina Journal of International Law and Commercial Regulation (2002)
Should longtime undocumented immigrants have the same opportunity as lawful permanent residents and U.S. citizens to attend state colleges and universities? There are two typical justifications for denying them such opportunities. First, treating undocumented immigrants ...
The Selective Deportation of Same-Gender Partners: In Search of the "Rara Avis" University of Miami Law Review (2002)
This article seeks to explore the possibility that a selective deportation of a same-gender partner who has overstayed her visa constitutes an outrageous case under the AADC test. Its modest goal is to discourage the ...
On Elián and Aliens: A Political Solution to the Plenary Power Problem New York University Journal of Legislation and Public Policy (2001)
The poignant story of a little boy fished out of the sea after losing his mother to the elements captured the country's imagination and ignited a political firestorm. The Elián González saga drew conflicting opinions ...