Barbara Hines

  • Adjunct Professor


  • JD Northeastern University
  • BA University of Texas at Austin

Areas of Specialty

Barbara Hines is an Adjunct Professor of Law. She is a former Clinical Professor of Law and directed the law school’s immigration clinic from January 1999 until December 2014. She is currently a Senior Fellow at the Emerson Collective in Palo Alto, California. She has practiced and taught in the field of immigration law since 1975.

Professor Hines has received numerous teaching and professional awards for her work including the Spirit of CHLSA Award, 2015 Chicano/Hispanic Law Students Association (CHLSA); University of Texas School of Law; 2014 University of Texas School of Law Massey Award for Teaching; the 2014 Tower Award for Outstanding Service-Learning Professor; the 2007 American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Elmer Fried Excellence in Teaching Award and the 2002 Texas Law Fellowships Excellence in Public Interest Award. Her professional recognition includes the 2015 National Women’s Political Caucus Women of Courage Award; the 2010 National Lawyers Guild Carol King Award; the 2009 MALDEF Excellence in Legal Services Award; the 1993 AILA Texas Chapter Litigation Award; and the 1992 AILA Jack Wasserman Award for Excellence in Litigation. In 2000, she was named one of the 100 best lawyers in the state by the Texas Lawyer publication.

Professor Hines has litigated 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 was a Fulbright scholar in Argentina in 1996 and 2004 and continues to collaborate on immigration issues in Argentina. Professor Hines received her B.A. with honors in Latin American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. She attended the University of Texas School of Law and Northeastern University School of Law, where she received her J.D. in 1975.