Sabrineh Ardalan ’02 has been appointed assistant clinical professor of law at Harvard Law School. She was formerly a lecturer on law at HLS.
Ardalan—who teaches in the fields of immigration and refugee law and advocacy and trauma, refugees, and the law—is also assistant director of the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program (HIRC). She joined HLS as a clinical fellow in 2008, was appointed as a lecturer on law in 2010, and became assistant director of HIRC in 2012.
At the clinic, Ardalan supervises and trains law students working on applications for asylum and other humanitarian protections, as well as on appellate litigation and policy advocacy. She has authored amicus briefs on cutting-edge issues in U.S. asylum law submitted to the Board of Immigration Appeals, the federal district courts, and circuit courts of appeal. Ardalan initiated the clinic’s interdisciplinary partnership with an on-site social worker, and currently oversees and collaborates closely with the clinic’s social work staff as part of her teaching and client advocacy. This year, she, alongside colleagues Clinical Professor and HIRC Director Deborah Anker and HIRC’s Managing Attorney Phil Torrey, helped coordinate HIRC’s response to the travel ban and border and interior enforcement executive orders, and launch HIRC’s effort to provide legal and social services to undocumented members of the Harvard community.