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June 21, 2006

Press Contact: Kirston Fortune, Assistant Dean for Communications, (512) 471.7330.

The National Immigration Project Honors UT Law Professor Barbara Hines

Photo of Barbara Hines
Professor Barbara Hines
Photo Credit: Wyatt McSpadden

AUSTIN, Texas — The National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild is honoring Professor Barbara Hines, director of the Immigration Law Clinic at The University of Texas School of Law, for her distinguished career as a lawyer, advocate and instructor at a reception and benefit in San Antonio on Friday, June 23.

The celebration, which is open to the public, will take place from 6 p.m. to 7: 30 p.m. in Room 207B at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, the site of this year’s American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) National Conference.

“Barbara richly deserves this honor for her stellar career,” said Steven Goode, interim dean at UT School of Law. “Her achievements both as an immigration lawyer and as a clinical professor are unsurpassed,” Goode said.

The National Immigration Project is a nonprofit membership organization of lawyers, law students, legal workers, and jailhouse lawyers working to defend and expand the rights of all immigrants in the U.S. The Project is especially committed to advocating for the most disenfranchised and vulnerable immigrants.

In a career spanning more than 30 years, Professor Hines has distinguished herself as an accomplished immigration attorney, advocate for immigrant rights, and, as an instructor of advocates for the future as a clinical professor at UT Law.

She has practiced in the field since 1975 and is board certified in immigration and nationality law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Hines was a Fulbright scholar in Argentina in 1996 and focused her research on Argentine immigration law. She also received a Fulbright award in 2004 and taught a course on U.S.immigration law and policy at the Universidad de Palermo in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

She has litigated many issues relating to the constitutional and statutory rights of immigrants in federal and immigration courts. She frequently lectures and writes on topics in the area of immigration law.

Among her many honors include the 1992 AILA Jack Wasserman Award for Excellence in Litigation, the AILA Texas Chapter Litigation Award in 1993, and the Texas Law Fellowships Excellence in Public Interest Award in 2002. Hines was named a Texas "Legal Legend" by the Texas Lawyer publication.

Hines served as the first co-director of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law of Texas, Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project. She is also the current chair of the National Immigration Project’s board of directors.

For more information about the reception please contact Ki Kim, the National Immigration Project’s development director at 617-227-9727, ext. 6, or at ki@nationalimmigrationproject.org. There is no charge to attend the reception for the general public or for AILA conference attendees and any proceeds from the event will benefit the work of the National Immigration Project.

Related Links:
Barbara Hines’s Bio: http://www.utexas.edu/law/faculty/bhines/
The National Immigration Project: www.nationalimmigrationproject.org