Reef C. Ivey II Distinguished Professor of Law

Deborah M. Weissman is the Reef C. Ivey II Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina School of Law. Her research, teaching, and practice interests include immigration law, immigrant rights, international human rights, civil rights, and gender and the law. Some of her recent publications include The Politics of Narrative: Law and the Representation of Mexican Criminality (38 Fordham J. of Int’l L. 141 (2105); Remaking Mexico: Law Reform as Foreign Policy (35 Cardozo L. Rev. 1471 (2014); Promoting Language Access in the Legal Academy (with Jayesh Rathod, et al.) (13 U. of Md Law Journal of Race, Religion, Gender and Class 6 (2013); and Undocumented Immigrants and Access to the Courts, 17 North Carolina State Bar J 20 (Fall 2012). Professor Weissman has focused on the impact of local immigration enforcement policies in North Carolina and has testified before Congress about research findings regarding federal-local immigration partnerships and their impact on local communities.  Her current research project related to Latin America focuses on Mexican nationals and their efforts to seek legal assistance from the Mexican Consulate’s Office of Legal Protection and the organizations and institutions with which they work. Professor Weissman is the 2013 recipient of the Frank Porter Graham Award, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of North Carolina, for outstanding civil rights work.


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