Barbara Hines

  • Adjunct Professor


  • JD Northeastern University
  • BA University of Texas at Austin

Areas of Specialty

Barbara Hines is the co-director of the immigration clinic. Professor Hines has practiced in the field since 1975 and is Board Certified in Immigration and Nationality Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. She has received numerous awards for her work including the 1992 American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Jack Wasserman Award for Excellence in Litigation; the 1993 AILA Texas Chapter Litigation Award; the 2002 Texas Law Fellowships Excellence in Public Interest Award; the 2007 AILA Elmer Fried Excellence in Teaching Award; the 2009 MALDEF Excellence in Legal Services Award; and the 2010 National Lawyers Guild Carol King Award. In 2000, she was named one of the 100 best lawyers in the state by the Texas Lawyer publication. In 2015, she received the prestigious University of Texas School of Law Massey Teaching Excellence Award.

Professor Hines was a Fulbright scholar in Argentina in 1996 and 2004. She focused her research on Argentine immigration law.

Professor Hines served as the first Co-Director of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights under Law of Texas, Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project. She serves on the Board of Directors of the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild. She has litigated many issues relating to the constitutional and statutory rights of immigrants in federal and immigration courts including the lawsuit leading to the closure of the Hutto immigrant family detention center. She frequently lectures and publishes on topics related immigration law and immigrants’ rights.