Philip L. Torrey
Lecturer on Law
Phil Torrey is the Managing Attorney of the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program, a Lecturer on Law, and the Supervising Attorney for the Harvard Immigration Project. At HLS, he supervises the Crimmigration Clinic and he teaches a course concerning the intersection of criminal law and immigration law. The Crimmigration Clinic provides advice to criminal defense attorneys around the country concerning the immigration consequences of criminal charges, as well as state and federal appellate litigation support, and policy advocacy. His research focuses on the crime-based grounds of removal and immigration detention, including the private prison industry, and the immigration system’s mandatory detention regime. Prior to joining HLS, Torrey worked as an attorney in the Immigration Unit of Greater Boston Legal Services and as a litigation associate at the law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. He received his B.A. from Colgate University and his J.D. with honors from the University of Connecticut School of Law.
Areas of Interest
In addition to teaching a clinical course concerning the intersection of criminal law and immigration law, Phil supervises students in the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic who are working on asylum applications, VAWA petitions, and other forms of immigration protection on behalf of their clients. Phil is also the Supervising Attorney for the Harvard Immigration Project, which is a student practice organization involved in, among other things, representing individuals applying for Lawful Permanent Resident status and representing individuals seeking release on bond from immigration custody.