The Expanding Web of Immigration Detention and Deportation Policy: Challenges for the Executive, Congress and the Courts

Nancy Morawetz '76, Founding Director of the Immigrant Law Clinic, NYU School of Law

Mon, 10/19/2009
By invitation only
Graduate Students

The Program in Law and Public Affairs invites MPP/MPA (and Woodrow Wilson graduate) students to the second dinner in this year's series, Law in the Public Service: Not Just for Lawyers. This event is by invitation only. If interested, please e-mail Judi Rivkin at

Nancy Morawetz ’76 teaches the Immigrant Rights Clinic, an innovative program that combines litigation and non-litigation work on behalf of individual immigrants and community-based organizations.  Clinic students appear in immigration court, federal district court, and the federal courts of appeals and assist in Supreme Court briefs.  In addition, they work on community-based advocacy with agencies and legislative bodies at the city, state and national levels. 

In addition to her teaching, Morawetz engages in scholarship focused detention, deportation and judicial review.   Prior to joining the law school faculty, Morawetz clerked for the Honorable Patricia M. Wald of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and served as a staff attorney with the Civil Appeals Unit of the Legal Aid Society of New York for five years.  Morawetz is an active participant in pro bono activities concerning immigration law, including serving as the Chair of the Supreme Court Immigration Law Working Group and participating in pro bono litigation.  Morawetz is the recipient of the 2007 Daniel Levy Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievement in Immigration Law, and the 2009 Podell Distinguished Teaching Award.