Visiting Assistant Clinical Professor of Law and William R. Davis Clinical Teaching Fellow
JD, University of Tennessee College of Law
Asylum and Immigration law
Valeria Gomez is a visiting assistant clinical professor of law and the William R. Davis Clinical Teaching Fellow in the Asylum and Human Rights Clinic, where law students represent refugees who have fled persecution and are seeking protection in the United States. She regularly speaks on issues related to asylum and immigration law.
Professor Gomez previously worked in her hometown of Knoxville, Tennessee, as an Equal Justice Works fellow with Volunteer Immigrant Defense Advocates (VIDA), a nonprofit legal services organization she co-founded in 2016. As an attorney with VIDA, she represented recently arrived unaccompanied immigrant children in removal proceedings, mentored new immigration practitioners, and gave frequent presentations to attorneys, law students, and community groups. During much of her time at VIDA, Professor Gomez was the only pro bono attorney representing children in immigration court in East Tennessee, an area encompassing 32 counties and over 13,000 square miles. In recognition of her work, the Greater Knoxville Business Journal named Professor Gomez to its 2018 “40 Under 40” list of young leaders making a difference.
Before co-founding VIDA, Professor Gomez was a Clinical Lecturer at the University of Tennessee College of Law’s Immigration Clinic, where she co-taught the Immigration Law Clinic and engaged in direct representation of unaccompanied minors in removal proceedings.
Professor Gomez earned her JD from the University of Tennessee College of Law. Immediately after law school, she practiced employment law for two years in Nashville, Tennessee.
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