Immigrant Justice Clinic Director
Office: Room 1342, Law School
LL.M. Georgetown University Law Center (2012)
J.D. New York University (2000)
B.A. University of Chicago (1996)
Geoffrey Heeren is the director of the Immigrant Justice Clinic, which focuses on representing detained asylum seekers and residents of Dane County facing deportation as a result of immigration law infractions. He is visiting from Valparaiso University School of Law, where he is an Associate Professor of Law and the Michael and Dianne Swygert Teaching Fellow. He founded and directed the Immigration Law Clinic at Valparaiso and also taught Constitutional Law. In 2018, he received the Martin Luther King Award from Valparaiso University for his work with the immigration clinic.
Previously, Geoffrey was a clinical teaching fellow at Georgetown Law, where he supervised students handling asylum hearings in the Immigration Court. Geoffrey first practiced immigration law at the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago, where he handled direct representation of immigrants in detention, federal appellate work, and affirmative civil rights litigation. While working as a legal aid attorney in Chicago, Geoffrey also taught asylum law as a lecturer at the University of Chicago.
Geoffrey's scholarship assesses immigrants' rights within the detention and deportation system and the evolution of legal status for immigrants. His recent publications include The Immigrant Right to Work, 31 Georg. Imm. L. J. 243 (2017), which critiques current assumptions about immigrant work by describing the right to work that courts recognized for immigrants during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and The Status of Nonstatus, 64 Am. U. L. Rev. 1115 (2015), which examines the growth of tenuous and officially temporary immigration categories.
Geoffrey is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers' Guild, and the Clinical Legal Education Association.