Center for Applied Legal Studies
600 New Jersey Avenue, NW, Suite 332
Washington, DC 20001
Tel: (202) 662-9565
Clinic Staff & Faculty:
Philip G. Schrag
Director, Center for Applied Legal Studies and Delaney Family Professor of Public Interest Law; A.B., Harvard; LL.B., Yale
Professor Schrag teaches Civil Procedure and directs the Center for Applied Legal Studies, in which students represent refugees from persecution who are seeking asylum in the United States. He served for 21 years as the Director of the Public Interest Law Scholars Program, through which selected law students who plan careers as public interest lawyers receive scholarship grants and special academic enrichment and guidance in that field. Before joining the Law Center faculty in 1981, he was assistant counsel to the NAACP Legal Defense Educational Fund, Consumer Advocate of the City of New York, a professor at Columbia University Law School, and Deputy General Counsel of the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, from which he received a Meritorious Honor Award in 1981. Professor Schrag has also had a distinguished and varied career in civic service, which has included positions as a delegate to the District of Columbia Statehood Constitutional Convention in 1982, an editor and consultant on consumer protection during the Carter-Mondale transition, a consultant to the New York State Consumer Protection Board, a consultant to the Governor's Advisory Council of Puerto Rico, and an Academic Specialist for the United States Information Agency in the Czech Republic and Hungary. In addition, he drafted New York City's Consumer Protection Act of 1969. He is also a prolific author, having written dozens of articles on consumer law, nuclear arms control, political asylum, and various other topics for both law journals and popular publications. He is the author of fourteen books, including Reflections on Clinical Legal Education (with Michael Meltsner, 1998), Asylum Denied: A Refugee's Struggle for Safety in America (link) (with David Ngaruri Kenney, 2008); and Refugee Roulette: Disparities in Asylum Adjudication and Proposals for Reform (with Jaya Ramji-Nogales and Andrew I. Schoenholtz, 2009).
Andrew I. Schoenholtz
Director, Center for Applied Legal Studies; Deputy Director, Georgetown University Institute for the Study of International Migration, Visiting Professor of Law; B.A., Hamilton; J.D., Harvard; Ph.D., Brown
Professor Schoenholtz directs the Certificate in Refugees and Humanitarian Emergencies as well as the Center for Applied Legal Studies at the Law Center, and is the Deputy Director of Georgetown University's Institute for the Study of International Migration. He teaches courses on Refugee Law and Policy, Refugees and Humanitarian Emergencies, and Immigration Law and Policy. Prior to teaching at the Law Center, Professor Schoenholtz served as Deputy Director of the U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform and practiced immigration, asylum and international law with the Washington, D.C. law firm of Covington & Burling. Dr. Schoenholtz has conducted fact-finding missions in Haiti, Cuba, Ecuador, Germany, Croatia, Bosnia, Malawi, and Zambia to study root causes of forced migration, refugee protection, long-term solutions to mass migration emergencies, and humanitarian relief operations. He researches and writes regularly on refugee law and policy. His publications include: Refugee Roulette: Disparities in Asylum Adjudication (co-author); Refugee Protection in the United States Post-September 11th; The Uprooted: Improving Humanitarian Responses to Forced Migration (chapter on "Improving Legal Frameworks"); and Aiding and Abetting Persecutors: The Seizure and Return of Haitian Refugees in Violation of the U.N. Refugee Convention and Protocol. Dr. Schoenholtz holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a Ph.D. from Brown University.
Laila Hlass, Second Year Fellow
Before coming to Georgetown, Laila Hlass was a staff attorney in the Immigration Clinic at Loyola University New Orleans, College of Law, where she advocated for particularly vulnerable immigrants in the Deep South, including survivors of violence, detainees, and children. While at Loyola, she also served as the Interim Director of the Office of Law Skills and Experiential Learning and as an adjunct professor, teaching a seminar in refugee and asylum law. Previously, Laila provided holistic, legal services to immigrant youth in the New York City metropolitan area at the Door Legal Services. During 2009-10, Laila was selected as an Effective Leadership fellow with Duke University's Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy, and she currently serves on the board of the ACLU of Louisiana. Laila graduated from Columbia Law School, and received her Bachelor of Arts from Rice University. While in law school, Laila co-founded the Student Hurricane Network, a national network of law students that recruited and placed more than 5,500 law students with pro bono placements in the hurricane affected region.
Lindsay M. Harris, First Year Fellow
Before coming to Georgetown, Lindsay established and led the African Women’s Empowerment Project as an Equal Justice Fellow and later staff attorney at the Tahirih Justice Center, providing legal services to African immigrant women and girls fleeing gender-based violence. She also developed and taught a Refugee and Asylum Law course as an Adjunct Professor at George Mason University School of Law. Lindsay clerked for the Honorable Harry Pregerson of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. She has published on the use of country conditions experts in gender-based asylum cases, gender-based asylum claims in South Africa, and on gang-related asylum claims in the United States. Lindsay is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, serving in the past as liaison to the Arlington asylum office, and currently on the Community Outreach and Litigation Committees for the DC AILA chapter.
Lindsay received her J.D. from Berkeley Law, where she was a member of the Order of the Coif, and received her B.A. summa cum laude from the University of California, San Diego. As a law student she worked with Lawyers for Human Rights and the Forced Migration Studies Program in South Africa, researching gender-based asylum claims, and with the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies at UC Hastings. She also led the California Asylum Representation Clinic and the Boalt Hall Committee for Human Rights and served on the editorial staff of the Berkeley Journal of International Law. For her work in Berkeley Law’s International Human Rights Clinic and the East Bay Community Law Center’s Health and Immigration Unit, Lindsay was awarded the 2009 Sax Prize for Excellence in Clinical Advocacy.
Prior to law school, Lindsay worked as Managing Director of a fair trade non-profit organization working with artisans in sub-Saharan Africa. Lindsay has lived, worked, and volunteered in several African countries, speaks French, and is originally from England.