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Prof. Steve Meili Appointed Director of Law Clinics


Professor Steve Meili has been appointed as the new director of the law clinics for a three-year term, starting this summer.

Meili, the James H. Michael Chair in International Human Rights Law, joined the Law School in 2008, became a tenured associate professor in 2018. He previously held the James H. Binger Professorship in Clinical Law (awarded in 2019). 

Prof. Steve Meili

Minnesota Law Students, Faculty, and Staff Provide Legal Support to Afghan Refugees

Several Minnesota Law students joined faculty and staff from the James H. Binger Center for New Americans to provide legal support to Afghan refugees on the Fort McCoy military base in Wisconsin late last month. The team helped the refugees understand the complex and often challenging U.S. immigration system, prepare their asylum or special immigrant visa applications, and get connected to a nationwide network of lawyers.

The Minnesota Law team aided an estimated 70-95 Afghan guests over three days.

The Minnesota Law team helping the Afghan refugees included (from left to right): Ben Gleekel, 2L, Nicole Carter, 1L, Deepinder Mayell, executive director of the James H. Binger Center for New Americans, Carli Cortina, 2L, and Mahmoud Ahmed, community outreach and program coordinator for the Binger Center. (Photo: Tony Nelson)

Q&A: Mirella Ceja-Orozco, Co-Executive Director, Minnesota Freedom Fund

Mirella Ceja-Orozco, along with Elizer Darris, was recently appointed co-executive director of the Minnesota Freedom Fund. MFF’s mission is to end cash bail in the State of Minnesota and provide bail relief in the interim. The group, once operating on a shoestring, made national headlines last summer when it received more than $30 million in donations in the wake of the civil unrest following the brutal killing of George Floyd.

Mirella Ceja-Orozco

Prof. Linus Chan Appointed Vaughan G. Papke Research Scholar

Associate Clinical Professor of Law Linus Chan has been appointed the Law School's Vaughan G. Papke Research Scholar.

The Papke Research Scholar title is intended to recognize and celebrate important scholarly contributions by the Law School’s clinical law faculty who have and continue to produce important and substantial scholarship. Chan’s appointment runs through June 30, 2023.

Prof. Linus Chan Honored for Outstanding Contributions to Immigrant Justice

The National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild is honoring Professor Linus Chan for outstanding contributions to the cause of immigrant justice. 

Chan will be recognized as the group’s 2020 Member Honoree during the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s Virtual Conference on Wednesday, July 22.