On December 7, Professors Jon Bauer and Miriam Marton will speak to a Human Rights and Social Work class at the UConn School of Social Work about refugee law and the work of the Asylum and Human Rights Clinic.
The Asylum and Human Rights Clinic recently celebrated its 10th anniversary. During this intensive, one-semester program students handle every aspect of representation in high-stakes cases that determine whether a client who has fled from political, religious or other persecution will be allowed to remain permanently in the United States, or face deportation.
Since 2002, Professor Bauer has directed the Asylum and Human Rights Clinic, a clinical program in which law students represent refugees who have fled from persecution and are seeking asylum in the United States. He has frequently addressed bar groups and social service organizations, and testified before legislative committees, on issues relating to anti-discrimination law, refugees, legal ethics, and the provision of legal services to the poor. His writings include an article on clinical pedagogy (co-written with Professor James H. Stark) that has been included in the Clinical Legal Education Association's bibliography of basic readings for new clinical teachers, and a study of discrimination against people with disabilities in the bar admissions process, published in the UCLA Law Review.
Professor Marton joined the Law School faculty in fall 2011. Professor Marton has been practicing law for ten years. During the last several years of her practice, Professor Marton spent a significant amount of time representing asylum applicants as part of the pro bono program at the New York offices of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. Prior to going to law school, Ms. Marton was a social worker for fourteen years, specializing in working with survivors of trauma.