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Deborah Anker

Clinical Professor of Law, Emerita

Deborah E. Anker
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Deborah Anker is Clinical Professor of Law, emerita, and Founder of the Harvard Law School Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program (HIRC).  She has taught law students at Harvard for over 30 years.  Author of a leading treatise, Law of Asylum in the United States, Anker has co-drafted ground-breaking gender asylum guidelines and amicus curiae briefs.  Professor Anker is one of the most widely known asylum scholars and practitioners in the United States; she is cited frequently by international and domestic courts and tribunals, including the United States Supreme Court.  Deborah Anker is a pioneer in the development of clinical legal education in the immigration field, training students in direct representation of refugees and creating a foundation for clinics at law schools around the country.

Bar Admissions

  • Supreme Judicial Court, Massachusetts, United States (1975)
  • Federal District Court, Massachusetts, United States (1976)
  • First Circuit Court of Appeals, United States (1980)
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, United States (1987)
  • United States Supreme Court, United States (1993)

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