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HIRC Faculty and Staff, 2015-2016

Deborah Anker

Deborah Anker is Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the Harvard Law School Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program (HIRC).  She has taught Harvard law students for 30 years.  Author of a leading treatise, Law of Asylum in the United States, Anker has co-drafted ground-breaking gender asylum guidelines and amicus curiae briefs.  Professor Anker is one of the most widely known asylum scholars and practitioners in the United States; she is cited frequently by international and domestic courts and tribunals, including the United States Supreme Court.  In 2011, she was chosen to be a fellow of the prestigious American Bar Foundation. Professor Anker is a pioneer in the development of clinical legal education in the immigration field, training students in direct representation of refugees and creating a foundation for clinics at law schools around the country.

John Willshire Carrera

John Willshire Carrera, co-managing director of HIRC at Greater Boston Legal Services, Lecturer on Law and Clinical Instructor at HLS, is a nationally known researcher and practitioner with numerous prominent, immigration and asylum litigation victories to his credit. In 1987, he directed the Ford Foundation national research and organizing project on implementation of Plyler v. Doe, the Supreme Court decision that established the right of all immigrant students to a public education in the United States. He has received the Dow-Gardner-Landrum Award for outstanding commitment to legal services to the poor and the annual legal services attorney award from the Massachusetts Bar Association, among others.

Nancy Kelly

Nancy Kelly is co-managing director of HIRC at Greater Boston Legal Services and Lecturer on Law and Clinical Instructor at HLS. She previously worked as an adjunct professor of immigration and asylum law at Northeastern University School of Law and as a Harvard Law School Human Rights Program fellow. At the Human Rights Program, Ms. Kelly initiated the nationally and internationally prominent Women Refugees Project, a centerpiece of the Clinic’s work. Among other honors, Ms. Kelly received the 2000 John G. Brooks Award of the Boston Bar Association for her work with refugee women and children, and for her teaching at the Clinic.

Sabi Ardalan

Sabi Ardalan is Assistant Director and Clinical Instructor at HIRC as well as Lecturer on Law. Sabi clerked for the Honorable Michael A. Chagares of Third Circuit Court of Appeals and the Honorable Raymond J. Dearie, Chief District Judge for the Eastern District of New York. She previously served as the Equal Justice America Fellow at The Opportunity Agenda and as a litigation associate at Dewey Ballantine LLP. She holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a B.A. in History and International Studies from Yale College. sardalan@law.harvard.edu

Maggie Morgan

Maggie Morgan is the Albert M. Sacks Clinical & Advocacy Fellow at HIRC. She previously worked as a Clinical Fellow in the Health Law & Policy Clinic at Harvard Law School and clerked for the Honorable Nanette K. Laughrey of the Western District of Missouri. She is a 2011 graduate of Harvard Law School, where she was a clinical student in HIRC and the Human Rights Clinic and interned at several international organizations including Asylum Access in Tanzania and the Supreme Court of Rwanda. Before law school, she earned an M.A. in International Relations at the University of Chicago, conducted research on the plight of migrant laborers in Jalisco, Mexico, and taught in Korea and Spain. She earned her A.B. from Harvard College, specializing in Government. mmorgan@law.harvard.edu

Phil Torrey

Phil Torrey is a Lecturer on Law, Clinical Instructor with HIRC and the supervising attorney of the Harvard Immigration Project student practice organization.  He previously worked as an attorney fellow in the Immigration Unit of Greater Boston Legal Services and as a litigation associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.  He received his B.A. from Colgate University and his J.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Law with honors. ptorrey@law.harvard.edu

Liala Buoniconti

Liala Buoniconti is HIRC's part-time social worker. Currently a social worker at the MGH Healthcare Center in Chelsea, Mass., Liala brings over 10 years of experience working with immigrants and refugees. Liala is bilingual and received a Masters of Social Work from Simmons School of Social Work and a B.A. from Gettysburg College. lbuoniconti@law.harvard.edu

Lucy Cummings

Lucy Cummings is HIRC's Program Administrator. Before joining HIRC, Lucy worked on fundraising campaigns for international development organizations, including Oxfam America and Save the Children. Lucy graduated cum laude from Mount Holyoke College, where she studied International Relations and Chinese. lcummings@law.harvard.edu


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