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Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic


Michael Wishnie
Muneer Ahmad
Nicole Hallett

Students in the Worker & Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic (WIRAC) represent immigrants, low-wage workers, and their organizations in labor, immigration, criminal justice, civil rights, and other matters.  The clinic docket includes cases at all stages of legal proceedings in Immigration Court, the Board of Immigration Appeals, U.S. District Court, the Second Circuit, and before Connecticut state agencies and courts.  Its non-litigation work includes the representation of grassroots organizations, labor unions, and other groups in regulatory and legislative reform efforts, media advocacy, strategic planning, and other matters.  All students handle at least one litigation and one non-litigation matter, and have the opportunity to explore multiple practice areas.  The WIRAC seminar meets weekly and is centered on a practice-oriented examination of advocacy on behalf of workers, immigrants, and social movements, and an extended analysis of community and social justice lawyering.

January 20, 2015

Judge Expands Immigration Bond Hearing Ruling in WIRAC Lawsuit

The Worker & Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic (WIRAC) at Yale Law School recently secured another victory when Judge Michael A. Ponsor ‘74 ruled that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) must provide bond hearings to detained immigrants while their deportation hearings are being appealed.
November 4, 2014

Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic Receives Award from South Asian Bar Association

The South Asian Bar Association of Connecticut presented its 2014 Community Service Award to the Yale Law School Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic on October 28 in Hartford.
June 9, 2014

Civil Rights Plaintiffs Settle With East Haven, Secure Groundbreaking Immigration Policy

Civil rights plaintiffs in Chacón v. East Haven Police Department today announced a groundbreaking settlement with the Town of East Haven. 
May 28, 2014

Long-Detained Immigrants in Massachusetts Win Class Action Suit As Judge Orders Bond Hearings

On May 27, 2014, a federal judge ordered that Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) must provide bond hearings to immigrants who have been mandatorily detained for longer than six months in Massachusetts, a population that includes many residents of Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts.
February 26, 2014

ICE Drops Deportation Cases for Two Connecticut Residents Represented by WIRAC Clinic

Two Connecticut residents represented by clinical students at YLS recently withdrew a lawsuit filed under the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) in U.S. District Court as part of a settlement negotiated with Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE).
September 27, 2012

New Haven Bar Association Honors Clinical Visiting Lecturer David Rosen ’69 with Lifetime Achievement Award

The New Haven County Bar Association has selected Clinical Visiting Lecturer David Rosen ’69 to receive its 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award.
August 20, 2012

Worker & Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic Double Award Recipient for Work on Behalf of Latino Community

The Worker & Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic at Yale Law School has been honored with awards from LatinoJustice PRLDEF and the Connecticut Hispanic Bar Association for its work on behalf of the Latino community.
February 15, 2012

Landmark Settlement in New Haven Immigration Raid Case a Victory for YLS Worker & Immigrant Rights Clinic Students

Eleven New Haven residents represented by YLS’s Worker & Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic have achieved a landmark settlement in their civil rights lawsuit against the government.
January 10, 2012

Michael Wishnie ’93 Named William O. Douglas Clinical Professor of Law

Michael Wishnie ’93, a clinical professor of law at Yale Law School and director of the Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization, has been named the William O. Douglas Clinical Professor of Law at Yale Law School.
April 1, 2010

Yale Law Students, Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center, Team Up To Help Haitian Earthquake Refugees

Students from Yale Law School’s clinical programs and attorneys from the Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center recently teamed up to assist more than a dozen Haitian refugees being held indefinitely at a detention center in South Florida.
June 4, 2009

Muneer I. Ahmad Appointed Clinical Professor of Law

Muneer I. Ahmad, professor of law at American University’s Washington College of Law and a specialist in immigration law and international human rights, will join the Yale Law School faculty on July 1, 2009, as a clinical professor of law.