Clinical Professor of Law and Richard D. Tulisano '69 Scholar in Human Rights
JD, Yale Law School
BA, Cornell University
Asylum and Refugee Law, Immigration Law, Employment and Housing Discrimination, Legal Ethics
Jon Bauer directs the UConn School of Law Asylum and Human Rights Clinic, a program in which law students, supervised by clinic faculty, represent refugees who have fled persecution and are seeking asylum in the United States. Since the program’s founding in 2002, it has won grants of asylum or related forms of relief for more than 145 clients and their families. Professor Bauer, a Yale Law School graduate, has been teaching and supervising students since 1988, when he joined the UConn faculty after four years as a staff attorney with the Legal Action Center, a public interest law firm in New York City. His teaching also has included courses in employment discrimination law, refugee law, immigration and workplace rights, evidence, and a course about Wal-Mart, as well as clinics in the areas of civil rights, poverty law, and mediation.
Professor Bauer’s scholarly writing includes studies of multiple nationality and refugees, the U.N. Convention Against Torture, the ethical implications of secret settlements, and discrimination against people with disabilities in the bar admissions process. An article on clinical pedagogy he co-authored with Professor James H. Stark has been included in the Clinical Legal Education Association’s bibliography of basic reading for new clinical teachers.
Professor Bauer is a past president of the Connecticut Fair Housing Center and has served on the boards of several other legal services organizations. In 2015, the Connecticut Bar Association presented him with the Tapping Reeve Legal Educator Award for his contributions to legal education and the legal profession, and in 2016 and 2019 he received awards for his work in civil and human rights from the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities and the U.S. Attorney’s Office.