Lucas Guttentag

Senior Research Scholar in Law, Robina Foundation Visiting Human Rights Fellow, and Lecturer in Law


Lucas Guttentag is a Senior Research Scholar in Law, Robina Foundation Visiting Human Rights Fellow, and Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School. His courses include immigration law, constitutional litigation, and advanced topics on migration policy.

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Contact Information


Yale Law School

P.O. Box 208215

New Haven, CT 06520

  • Room K12
  • (203) 436-4793

Education & Curriculum Vitae


J.D., Harvard Law School, 1978

A.B., University of California, Berkeley, 1973

Courses Taught


  • Immigration Law, Policy, and Constitutional Rights
  • Constitutional Impact and Law Reform Litigation
  • Advanced Immigration and Migration Topics

Lucas Guttentag is a Senior Research Scholar in Law, Robina Foundation Visiting Human Rights Fellow, and Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School. He began teaching at Yale in 2009, and is in residence each fall semester. His courses include immigration law, constitutional litigation, and advanced topics on migration policy. His writings focus on the intersection of civil rights and immigration law. He is the founder and former national director of the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project, which he led from 1985 until 2011 and then served as Senior Counsel until 2014. For nearly thirty years, he litigated complex civil rights, class action, and constitutional cases in courts throughout the United States, including successful arguments in the Supreme Court. Under his leadership, the Immigrants’ Rights Project became the largest litigation program in the country enforcing the civil and constitutional rights of non-citizens. He has testified before Congress, often appeared in national media, named a human rights “hero” by the ABA journal Human Rights, and received many awards for his litigation and leadership. He is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation and received an honorary degree from CUNY Law School in 2013. In the winter and spring he teaches at Stanford Law School, where he is Professor of Practice. He clerked for United States district judge William Wayne Justice in Texas and joined the ACLU after practicing civil rights law in Los Angeles at the Center for Law in the Public Interest and teaching at Columbia Law School. He received his B.A. with honors from UC Berkeley and his J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School.