Curriculum Vitae


Vanderbilt University Law School, Clinical Professor of Law, Nashville, TN [July 2017 - Present]

Courses: Immigration Practice Clinic; Refugee Law; Immigration Law

Howard University School of Law, Visiting Professor and Supervising Attorney, Washington, DC, [fall 2016 - spring 2017]

Courses: Civil Rights Clinic; Refugee Law and Policy

University of Tennessee College of Law, Associate Professor (tenured), Knoxville, TN, [2008- 2017]

Courses:  Immigration Clinic (2012-Present),  Advocacy Clinic (2008-2011); Refugee Law and Policy (fall 2009).

University of Mohamed V-Souissi, Fulbright Lecturer, Rabat, Morocco, [2011- 2012]

Courses: Comparative International Refugee Law; Humanitarian International Law

Villanova University School of Law, Reuschlein Clinical Teaching Fellow, Villanova, PA, [2006-2008]

      Course: Clinic for Asylum, Refugee Emigrant Services; Farmworker Legal Aid Clinic


Duke University School of Law, Juris Doctor, Durham, NC, [May 2003] 

Spelman College, Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with Minor in French, Atlanta, GA, [May 2000]

Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude, Academic Dean’s Scholar, 1998- 2000


Hon. Damon Keith for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, Senior Law Clerk. Detroit, MI [2005-2006]

Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone, PLC, Associate.  Labor and Employment Practice Group. Detroit, MI [2003- 2005]


Law and Society, International Research Collaborative Grant to work with Scholars from the Middle East and North Africa Region on the Politics of Gender, Identity, and Human Rights for Arabs at Home and in Diaspora, September 2016.

AmeriCorps Equal Justice Works Grant to hire Fellow and Clinical Lecturer to work with the Immigration Clinic focusing on representation of immigrant children, 2015 – 2016.

University of Tennessee Knoxville (“UTK”), Scholarly Activity and Research Award (‘SARIF”) from Office of Research & Engagement, 2015.

University of Tennessee, Chancellor’s Honor, Jefferson Prize, Spring 2014.                                                                            

Recipient, UTK Outreach and Engagement Incentive Grant, Spring 2014.

Bass, Berry & Sims Award for Outstanding Service to the Bench and Bar, Spring 2013.

Gardener of Change Award, Community Shares of Knoxville, recognizing educator who fosters social justice and critical thinking among her students, Spring 2013.


Roundtable Discussion: Gender Inequalities and Enforcement of Human Rights in the MENA Region, International Research Collaborative, Law and Society, Mexico City, Mexico (May 2017).

Seeking Refuge in Paris: Haven or Hell for Migrants? International James Baldwin Conference, American University of Paris, Paris, France (May 2016).

Invited. Partenariats et Réseaux de L’Enseignement Clinique (Partnerships and Methods of Clinical Teaching), Outils, Méthodes et Partenariats de la Coopération Euro-Méditerranéenne (Tools, Methods and Euro- Mediterranean Partnerships of Cooperation, Rabat, Morocco (April 2016).

Invited. Special Commentator. The Middle East and North Africa at the Heart of the Refugee Crisis. European Pro Bono Forum, Rome, Italy (November 2015).

Pedagogical Responses to Humanitarian Crisis on the Border: Clinical Work in Artesia, New Mexico, AALS Clinical Conference, Rancho Mirage, CA (May 2015).

Unlawful Exclusions: Asylum Seekers, Gender and Social Justice in Morocco, Gender, Law, and Social Change in North Africa Conference, Al Akhawayn University, Ifrane, Morocco (March 2015).

University of Tennessee, Women’s Coordinating Council, Women’s Empowerment Summit, Panelist Women Leaders in Male Dominated Fields (March 2014).

Invited North Carolina Law Review Symposium, Vulnerable Defendants in the Criminal Justice System, America’s Disposable Youth: Undocumented Delinquent Juveniles, Chapel Hill, NC (October 2014).

Invited Speaker for Hispanic Heritage Month, Current Issues in Immigration Law in East Tennessee United States Attorneys for the Eastern District of Tennessee (October 2014).

Legal Aid Clinic for Marginalized Sub-Saharan Migrants in Morocco, Global Alliance for Justice Education, Virtual Presentation: Delhi, India, December 2013.

 Moroccan Feminist Spring, Fulbright Annual Conference, Rabat, Morocco, April 2012.

The Material Support Bar and Security Inadmissibility: Coordinating Analysis and Advocacy in the United States and Canada, Law and Society Conference, Chicago, IL, May 2010. 

Women, Democracy and the Moroccan Feminist Spring, University of Baltimore School of Law Applied Feminism & Democracy Conference, March 2012.

Femmes & Migration, Trafficking Women, Festival Emigration, Agadir, Morocco, February 2012.

American Association of Law Schools, Hot Topics Panel: Enrolling Undocumented Students into the Legal Academy, Co-sponsored by Immigration and Education Law Sections, San Francisco, CA, January 2011.

Let Justice Roll: Human Trafficking and Making Justice Matter, Veritas University of Tennessee, September 2010.

Unbundling the Intersectional Discrimination of Latinos in the United States, University of California Los Angeles College of Law, Critical Race Studies Symposium, Los Angeles, CA, March 2010.

Invited Symposia: Race, Gender, and Class at a CrossRoads: A Survey of their Intersection in Employment Economics and the Law, Human Capital and the Bottom Line: The Judge, the Whistle Blower, and the Immigrant Worker, 14th Annual Symposium for Journal of Gender, Race and Justice, University of Iowa College of Law, Iowa City, IA, February 2010.


Invited. Ethical Implications of Representing Immigrants in Criminal Proceedings, Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Knoxville, TN December 2015. 

Invited. Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, University of Tennessee, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, BB&T Bank Presentation, Knoxville, Tennessee, October 2015. 

Immigration and the Humanitarian Crisis in East Tennessee, Oak Ridge TN League of Women Voters Association, Lunch with the League Speaker, October 2014.

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Legal Update Seminar, Allies of Knoxville’s Immigrant Neighbors (“AKIN”), Knoxville, Tennessee, July 2014.

Pro Bono Lawyer Training, Hunter, Smith, & Davis, LLP Johnson City, Tennessee, October 2013.

Coffee County Sherriff’s Department Immigration Law Training, June 2011.                                                                       

Immigration Training for Tennessee Child Welfare Workers, Basic Immigration Law, Legal Aid of East Tennessee, Nashville, TN, September 2010.

Representing Unaccompanied Children in Removal Proceedings, Basic Asylum Law, Nashville, TN, November 2009.


U.S. Supreme Court Bar, 2016 - Present.

U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, 2017 - Present.

State Bar of Tennessee, 2008 - Present;

State Bar of Michigan, 2003 - Present;

American Bar Association, Civil Rights and Social Justice, Rights of Immigrants, Vice ChairPresent.  


Proficient in French.