Michael J. Churgin

  • Raybourne Thompson Centennial Professor


  • JD Yale
  • AB Brown University

A specialist in criminal procedure (including juvenile justice), immigration, and mental health law, Professor Churgin has written numerous articles in these fields. He is the author of An Analysis of the Texas Mental Health Code (Hogg Foundation, 2d ed., 1994, 3d ed., 2010 (on line)) and co-author of Toward a Just and Effective Sentencing System (Praeger, 1977). He has been a visiting fellow of several colleges at Cambridge University, most recently as Quartercentary Fellow at Emmanuel College in 2000. In addition to traditional courses, Professor Churgin teaches the mental health clinic.

Recent Publications

  • Is Religion Different? Is There a Thumb on the Scale in Refugee Convention Appellate Court Adjudication in the United States? Some Preliminary Thoughts [Symposium: Immigration and Freedom of Movement] 51 Texas International Law Journal 213 (2016).
  • The Asylum/Convention-Refugee Process in the United States and Canada, in Human Rights and Immigration, 261 (Ruth Rubio-Marin, ed., Oxford University Press, 2014).
  • Our Federalism: The United States and the Regulation of Lawyers, 48 San Diego Law Review 111 (2011).

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