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 fifteen 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); Refugee Roulette: Disparities in Asylum Adjudication and Proposals for Reform (with Jaya Ramji-Nogales and Andrew I. Schoenholtz, 2009); and Lives in the Balance: Asylum Adjudication by the Department of Homeland Security (with Jaya Ramji-Nogales and Andew I. Schoenholtz, 2014).
Andrew I. Schoenholtz
Director, Center for Applied Legal Studies; Director, Human Rights Institute; Professor from Practice, Georgetown 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.
Pooja R. Dadhania, Fellow
B.A., University of Virginia; J.D. Columbia Law School
Before coming to Georgetown, Pooja was an Equal Justice Works Fellow at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA). At LAFLA she represented survivors of domestic and gender-based violence, including forced marriage, female genital mutilation, rape, and honor-based violence. She represented clients in a wide variety of immigration matters including asylum, as well as family law matters. Additionally, Pooja developed and conducted trainings on forced marriage for advocates in the Los Angeles area, including lawyers, counselors, case managers, domestic violence shelter staff, and social workers.
Prior to her work at LAFLA, Pooja was a law clerk for the Hon. Milan D. Smith, Jr. on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the Hon. Irma E. Gonzalez on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California. She was previously with the law firm of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton in Washington, D.C.
Pooja received her J.D. from Columbia Law School, where she was a James Kent Scholar and Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. She also served on the editorial board of the Columbia Law Review as a Notes Editor. She received her B.A., with high distinction, from the University of Virginia. From 2014-2015, she served on the Board of Directors for the Public Interest Foundation of the South Asian Bar Association of Southern California. Pooja speaks Gujarati and Japanese.
Karen Baker, Fellow
B.A., Vanderbilt University; J.D., The University of Texas School of Law; M.P.H., Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Before coming to Georgetown, Karen was an attorney and research fellow in the Immigration Clinic and Asylum & Human Trafficking Clinic at South Texas College of Law (STCL) in Houston, Texas. At STCL, she primarily represented families and unaccompanied children from Central America seeking asylum and other forms of humanitarian relief, including Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, U visas, T visas, and prosecutorial discretion. She also spent time as a volunteer attorney at the family detention centers in Dilley, Texas and Karnes City, Texas, where she prepared women for credible fear interviews. Karen’s research interests include mental health needs of and support available for immigrant children, and she has served on the advisory panel for the Child Refugee Health Project, a collaborative effort by several medical and academic institutions in Houston.
Prior to law school, Karen was a program director for Manna Project International (MPI), a community development-focused non-profit organization, in Chaquijyá, Sololá, Guatemala. As part of MPI’s inaugural team in Guatemala, Karen launched and directed English and health education programs, and she helped organize and lead trips for short-term volunteers.
Karen is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the American Public Health Association. She received her J.D., with honors, from the University of Texas School of Law and her M.P.H., as well as a Certificate in the Interdisciplinary Concentration for Humanitarian Studies, Ethics, and Human Rights, from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Latin American Studies from Vanderbilt University. Karen speaks Spanish.