Deborah Weissman

The Reef Ivey II Distinguished Professor of Law, Director of Clinical Programs

Deborah Weissman graduated from Syracuse University. Prior to teaching law, she had extensive experience in all phases of legal advocacy (labor law, family, education related civil rights law and immigration). From 1994 to 1998, she served first as deputy director and then as executive director of Legal Services of North Carolina. Weissman joined the Carolina School of Law faculty in 1998 and became the director of clinical and externship programs in 2001 through 2010. She has authored and co authored articles published in the Columbia Human Rights Law Review, William and Mary Law Review, North Carolina Law Review, the N.C. Journal of International Law & Commercial Regulation, Revista Temas, Anuario del Centro de Investigaciones Jurídicas, among others. She co-authored and advised the publication of a report on local immigration enforcement in North Carolina, The Policies and Politics of Local Immigration Enforcement Law. Her article, The Moral Politics of Social Control: Political Culture and Ordinary Crime in Cuba, is published in the Brooklyn Journal of International Law. Her current project focuses on the Merida Initiative and its impact on human rights and the rule of law in Mexico. Her principal teaching interests include immigration and human rights policy, domestic violence law, and civil lawyering process. She currently teaches the Immigration Human Rights Policy Clinic which addresses civil and human rights concerns in the local and international realm. Weissman serves on the Executive Committee for the UNC Duke Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies and the Advisory Board of the Institute for the Study of the Americas. She is the faculty advisor for the Immigration Law Students’ Association and serves on the 287(g) Working Group.

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