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Lucas Guttentag

Professor of the Practice of Law, Stanford Law School
Robina Foundation Distinguished Senior Fellow and Lecturer in Law, Yale Law School
New Haven, CT, USA

Lucas Guttentag teaches immigration law and constitutional litigation at Stanford Law School, where he is Professor of the Practice, and at Yale Law School, where he is Distinguished Senior Fellow and Senior Research Scholar.  He is the founder and former national director of the Immigrants’ Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union, which he led from 1985 to 2010 in New York and San Francisco. From 2014 to 2016, he served in the Obama administration as a senior advisor on immigration policy, including as Senior Counselor to the Secretary of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson.

Guttentag has engaged in extensive class action and appellate litigation throughout the country for more than thirty years, including the Supreme Court, to advance the civil and constitutional rights of non-citizens. He has testified in Congress, writes and speaks widely on immigration issues, and often appears in national media. He is a member of the American Law Institute, a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, the recipient of an honorary degree from CUNY Law School, and was named a “human rights hero” by the American Bar Association Human Rights journal.  He has received AILA’s annual top litigation award four times, named California Lawyer “Lawyer of the Year” in appellate law, a Top 100 lawyer in Northern California, and was recognized in 2007 as one of the country’s top 25 immigrant advocates of the last 25 years by the National Immigration Forum.  His litigation includes designing a five-year legal strategy and arguing INS v. St. Cyr to upheld habeas corpus protections for immigrants facing deportation and prohibiting retroactive elimination of 212(c) waivers.  Other significant cases include American Baptist Churches v. Thornburgh, providing protection to 500,000 Central American refugees, Haitian Centers Council v. McNary, representing Haitian refugees at Guantanamo, a series of cases challenging the immigration marriage fraud statute that led to congressional repeal, suing government officials for torture and abuse at Abu Ghraib, and directing the ACLU’s challenge to state and local anti-immigrant laws, including Arizona’s SB1070.  He serves as a consultant, advisor and board member to numerous non-profit and philanthropic immigration advocacy and legal organizations. 

After law school, Guttentag served as a law clerk to Texas federal judge William Wayne Justice, practiced civil rights law in Los Angeles, and taught at Columbia Law School He is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley and Harvard Law School.

Lucas Guttentag is associated with the following items:
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters Lucas Guttentag, Ira J. Kurzban, and Rebecca A. Chan, Overview of Key Litigation Challenging Trump Administration Immigration Policies and Supreme Court Update (October 2017) - Immigration and Naturalization Institute (50th Annual), Friday, December 08, 2017
Web Segment  Web Segment Federal Court Litigation Upate - 50th Annual Immigration and Naturalization Institute, Tuesday, December 12, 2017
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Federal Court Litigation Upate - Federal Court Litigation Upate, Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Transcripts  Transcripts Federal Court Litigation Upate - Federal Court Litigation Upate, Tuesday, December 12, 2017
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Federal Court Litigation Upate - Federal Court Litigation Upate, Tuesday, December 12, 2017
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs 50th Annual Immigration and Naturalization Institute, Thursday, December 14, 2017, New York, NY

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