|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|
Aren't You Latino: Building Bridges upon Common Misperceptions University of California at Davis Law Review (2000)
This article addresses minority on minority oppression and itragroup animosity. The author discusses ways in which communities of color can use common misperceptions to their advantage as a bridge to building a larger community.
The Domestic Fourth Amendment Rights of Undocumented Immigrants: On Guitterez and the Tort Law/Immigration Law Parallel Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review (2000)
This Article is composed of three parts. Part I examines the problems raised by the Gutierrez I regime, including the collapse of the protective constitutional floor of immigrants' rights portended by that decision. Part II ...
Expanding the Circle of Membership by Reconstructing the Alien: Lessons from Social Psychology and the Promise Enforcement Cases Michigan Journal of Law Reform (1998)
Recent legal scholarship suggests that the Supreme Court's decisions on immigrants' rights favor conceptions of membership over personhood. Federal courts are often reluctant to recognize the personal rights claims of noncitizens because they are not ...
Congruence Principle Applied: Rethinking Equal Protection Review of Federal Alienage Classifications after Adanrand Constructors, Inc. v. Peña Oregon Law Review (1997)
This article suggests that the Supreme Court's 1995 decision in Adarand Constructors, Inc. v. Peña constitutes a starting point for a renewed dialogue on the intersection of race, noncitizens' rights, and immigration law. Part I ...
Whatever Happened to the Fourth Amendment: Undocumented Immigrants' Rights after INS v. Lopenz-Mendoza and United States v. Verdugo-Urquidez Southern California Law Review (1992)
This Note rejects the Court's approach to the Fourth Amendment in Lopez and Verdugo and attempts to redefine the boundaries of Fourth Amendment protections for undocumented immigrants. Part I examines the impact of the Lopez ...
Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (37)
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 ...
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 ...
Loving v. Virginia in a Post-Racial World: Rethinking Race, Sex, and Marriage Contributions to Books (2012)
Victor Romero is a contributing author: "Loving Across the Miles: Binational Same-Sex Marriages" pages 217-234. In 1967, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that laws prohibiting interracial marriage were unconstitutional in Loving vs. Virginia. Although this ...
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 ...
An Other Christian Perspective on Lawrence v. Texas Journal of Catholic Legal Studies (2006)
The so-called Religious Right's reaction to Lawrence v. Texas has been both powerful and negative, characterizing the case as an assault on the traditional conception of marriage and family life. This essay is an attempt ...
The Encyclopedia of American Civil Liberties Contributions to Books (2006)
Victor Romero contributed the following encyclopedia entries: "Civil Liberties of Aliens"; "Race and Immigration"; "Criminal Law/Civil Liberties and Noncitizens in the U.S."; "Illegitimacy and Immigration"; "Homosexuality and Immigration"; "Ambach v. Norwick"; "United States v. Verdugo-Urquidez"; ...
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 ...
Are Filipina/os Asians or Latina/os?: Reclaiming the Anti-Subordination Objective of Equal Protection After Grutter and Gratz University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law (2005)
In this piece, I explore two avenues of political action - self-identification for affirmative action purposes and longer-term solutions to educational inequity - in an attempt to develop a coherent and effective post-Grutter and Gratz ...
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 ...