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April 26, 2007

Contacts: Eden Harrington, Director of Clinical Programs, UT Law, 512-232-7068,, or Kirston Fortune, UT Law Communications, 512-471-7330,

Professor Barbara Hines Honored for Immigration Teaching and Advocacy

AUSTIN, Texas—Professor Barbara Hines, director of the Immigration Law Clinic at The University of Texas School of Law, has received the Elmer Fried Excellence in Teaching Award from the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). The award was established in 1997 and recognizes outstanding professors in the area of immigration law. The award will be presented at a special ceremony during AILA’s annual conference on June 16, 2007 in Orlando, Florida.

Professor Hines will also be honored by the Political Asylum Project of Austin for her achievement as an immigrant rights champion at PAPA’s 20th anniversary luncheon on May 11, 2007 in Austin, Texas. PAPA is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting justice for immigrants and refugees by providing free and low cost legal services and education.

About Professor Hines

Professor Hines founded the Immigration Law Clinic at UT Law School in 1999. Clinic students and faculty represent low-income immigrants before the immigration courts, federal appellate courts and the Department of Homeland Security.

Hines has practiced in the immigration field since 1975 and is Board Certified in Immigration and Nationality Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. She received the 1992 AILA Jack Wasserman Award for Excellence in Litigation, and the AILA Texas Chapter Litigation Award in 1993. 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 received the Texas Law Fellowships’ Excellence in Public Interest Award and has been named a Texas “Legal Legend” by the Texas Lawyer. Hines lectures and writes frequently on immigration law.

About AILA

The American Immigration Lawyers Association is a national association of over 10,000 attorneys and law professors who practice and teach immigration law. AILA member attorneys represent tens of thousands of U.S. families who have applied for permanent residence for their spouses, children, and other close relatives to lawfully enter and reside in the United States. AILA was founded in 1946.

Related Links:

American Immigration Lawyers Association

Immigration Law Clinic at UT School of Law

Political Asylum Project of Austin