- Refugee Law
- Interdisciplinary Practice - Law and Mental Health
Miriam M. Marton, who joined the faculty in 2011, teaches in the Law School’s Asylum and Human Rights Clinic, where she also assists the director in the supervision of UConn Law students representing persons who come to the clinic seeking political asylum in the United States. A practicing attorney since 2001, Professor Marton spent several years as an associate in the New York offices of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, where she served as the lead attorney in the representation of asylum applicants – including applicants from Albania, the Congo, Iraq, Tibet and Armenia – as part of Skadden’s pro bono program.
The holder of a J.D. from Michigan State University College of Law and an M.S.W. from the University of Michigan School of Social Work, Professor Marton had a fourteen-year career as a clinical social worker before pursuing her interest in the law. Her therapy practice, which was based in the Detroit area, focused on working with sexual assault, domestic violence and other trauma survivors. She also has conducted research and presented on the impact of Western religion on the contemporary woman’s psyche. She is currently working on a research project entitled "The Need for an Interdisciplinary Approach in Asylum Cases" which examines working cross-professionally in law school asylum clinics and considers the mental health of clients, students and faculty.
Professor Marton’s professional memberships have included serving on the board of Fair Fund (an anti-trafficking non-profit), as a commissioner of the Truth Commission on Conscience in War, and as a delegate for the American Jews for Just Peace Health/Human Rights Project. She also is a member of the Core Team of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies, a network of academics and practitioners committed to reducing disrespect and humiliating practices throughout the world, and a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).