Alina Das '05 to be assistant professor of clinical law
Alina Das ’05 will join the NYU Law faculty as an assistant professor of clinical law on May 16. As a teaching fellow and supervising attorney, Das has co-taught the Immigrant Rights Clinic with Professor Nancy Morawetz ’81 since 2008.
Das, who carries her own immigration law caseload on behalf of individuals and organizations in addition to supporting students’ work, has litigated issues involving criminal conviction-related immigration consequences before immigration courts, the Board of Immigration Appeals and the Attorney General, federal district and appellate courts, and the Supreme Court. As a Soros Justice Fellow and staff attorney, she worked for the New York State Defenders Association Immigrant Defense Project from 2006 to 2008, creating a project developing criminal justice diversion programs and sentencing alternatives that do not result in deportation. Das also clerked for Judge Kermit Lipez of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.
Das’s article “The Immigration Penalties of Criminal Convictions: Resurrecting Categorical Analysis in Immigration Law” will appear later this year in the NYU Law Review. She was the primary author of two reports, released by the Association of the Bar of the City of New York in 2007 and 2009, on immigration law practice’s criminal law dimensions.
“Alina is a brilliant lawyer and strategist who has made her mark on issues related to detention, deportation and the rights of immigrants,” said Morawetz. “It is great news that NYU’s students will have the opportunity to learn to be first-rate advocates under her guidance.”
Das graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in 2001 with an A.B. in government, and graduated cum laude from NYU Law in 2005 as a Root-Tilden-Kern Scholar with a joint J.D. and M.P.A. from NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service.
Posted on May 5, 2011