Faculty Profile: Denise L. Gilman
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Denise Gilman teaches and directs the Immigration Clinic after having joined the clinical faculty at the University of Texas Law School in the fall of 2007. Professor Gilman received her undergraduate degree with honors in political science from Northwestern University. She received her law degree from Columbia University School of Law where she served on the Law Review. Professor Gilman also has an LLM from Georgetown University Law Center. Professor Gilman clerked for Judge Thomas M. Reavley, at the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. She is fluent in Spanish.
Professor Gilman has written and practiced extensively in the international human rights and immigrants' rights fields. From 2000 to 2005, Professor Gilman was Director of the Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project at the Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs. At the Lawyers' Committee, Professor Gilman coordinated the representation of political asylum applicants by pro bono attorneys and engaged in advocacy on issues of significance to the newcomer community. She also investigated and litigated individual and impact cases involving law enforcement abuses against immigrants and discrimination against newcomers in housing and employment. From 1995-2000, Professor Gilman served as Human Rights Specialist at the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights at the Organization of American States and then Director of the Mexico Project at the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights (now Human Rights First). Professor Gilman made her transition from legal practice to clinical teaching through completion of a two-year clinical teaching fellowship at the Georgetown University Law Center from 2005-2007.
Professor Gilman was appointed by the President of the American Bar Association to serve as a member of the ABA Commission on Immigration for the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 terms. In 2003, Professor Gilman received an "Excellence in Lawyering" award from the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund. In 2005, she received the Community Outreach Recognition and Opportunity ("CORO") Award from the D.C. Court of Appeals. Professor Gilman served on the board of the Central American Resource Center in Washington, D.C. She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Professor Gilman's recent scholarship includes: Realizing Liberty: The Use Of International Human Rights Law To Realign Immigration Detention In The United States, 36 Fordham Int'l L.J. 243 (2013); A "Bilingual" Approach to Language Rights, 24 Harv. Hum. Rts. J. 1 (2011); Seeking Breaches in the Wall: An International Human Rights Law Challenge to the Texas-Mexico Border Wall, 46 Tex. Int'l L.J. 257 (2011); Calling the United States' Bluff: How Sovereign Immunity Undermines the United States' Claim to an Effective Domestic Human Rights System, 95 Geo. L.J. 591 (2007).
Courses for Fall 2018View Course History
Symposium: Current Issues in Immigration Policy
Levin Center at Wayne Law
Law and Society 2017 International Meeting
Immigration Detention, Inc.
Immigration Detention in the Age of Migration and Control
USC Gould School of Law
Detention and Inequality
American Immigration Law: The New Colossus
Texas A&M Law Review Symposium
What Do New Policies Mean for Immigrants and Refugees
AALS Annual Meeting Discussion Group
San Francisco, CA
The Central American Refugee Crisis: A Discussion of the Current Response and Evaluation of U.S. Legal Obligations under Domestic and International Law
July 7, 2016
Rethinking the Global Refugee Protection System
SUNY Global Center, New York
Talk - Refugee and Unaccompanied Children: Family Detention
September 17, 2015
UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center, Central American Refugees in Detention: Rethinking U.S. Immigration
Opening Keynote – UnFAMILIAr Policies? The Detention of Central American Refugee Families
July 31, 2015
Panel - Women and Children First: Is Family Detention Really Justified and Necessary?
American Bar Association Annual Meeting
June 12, 2015
Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute, Bringing Human Rights Home Lawyers’ Network Annual Human Rights in the U.S. Symposium/CLE: Engaging with the Inter-American Human Rights System for U.S. Advocacy
New York, NY
Speaker - Strategies for Effective Engagement