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Lindsay M. Harris


Clinical Teaching Fellow & Supervising Attorney, Center for Applied Legal Studies, Adjunct Professor of Law

B.A., University of California, San Diego; J.D., Berkeley

Lindsay M. Harris is an experienced asylum attorney. She served for two years as as a Clinical Teaching Fellow at Georgetown University Law Center, where...

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Lindsay M. Harris is an experienced asylum attorney. She served for two years as as a Clinical Teaching Fellow at Georgetown University Law Center, where she supervised students representing detained and non-detained asylum seekers in removal proceedings. Prior to her fellowship at Georgetown, Professor Harris 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. Professor Harris 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. Most recently, Professor Harris undertook a robust bi-coastal study of post-grant benefits and services for asylees, outlining legal and regulatory reforms in her forthcoming article in the NYU Journal of Law and Social Change. Professor Harris is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, currently serving on the National Asylum and Refugee Liaison Committee.

Professor Harris 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, Professor Harris was awarded the 2009 Sax Prize for Excellence in Clinical Advocacy.

Prior to law school, Professor Harris worked as Managing Director of a fair trade non-profit organization working with artisans in sub-Saharan Africa. Professor Harris has lived, worked, and volunteered in several African countries, speaks French, and is originally from England.

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