Muneer I. Ahmad
Deputy Dean for Experiential Education, Clinical Professor of Law, and Director, Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization
(on leave, spring 2019)
Muneer Ahmad is Deputy Dean for Experiential Education, a Clinical Professor of Law, and the Director of the Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization at Yale Law School. He co-teaches in the Transnational Development Clinic and the Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic (WIRAC). In WIRAC, he and his students represent individuals, groups and organizations in both litigation and non-litigation matters related to immigration, immigrants’ rights, and labor, and intersections among them.FULL BIOGRAPHY
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Education & Curriculum Vitae
J.D., Harvard Law School, 1996
A.B., Harvard University, 1993
- Transnational Development Clinic
- Worker & Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic
- Refugee and Immigration Law, Policy and Practice in Crisis
Muneer Ahmad is Deputy Dean for Experiential Education, a Clinical Professor of Law, and the Director of the Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization at Yale Law School. He co-teaches in the Transnational Development Clinic and the Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic (WIRAC). In WIRAC, he and his students represent individuals, groups and organizations in both litigation and non-litigation matters related to immigration, immigrants’ rights, and labor, and intersections among them. He has represented immigrants in a range of labor, immigration, and trafficking cases, and for three years represented a prisoner at Guantanamo Bay; he has written on these and related topics. In the Transnational Development Clinic, Professor Ahmad and his students work on projects designed to identify productive sites for intervention for U.S.-based lawyers in global poverty work. This has included work regarding the rights of street vendors in India, the barriers faced by immigrant communities in sending remittances to their home countries, access to essential medicines, institutional accountability among international financial institutions, and advocacy on behalf of workers displaced by changes in trade policy. His scholarship examines the intersections of immigration, race, and citizenship in both legal theory and legal practice. Previously, he was Professor of Law at American University Washington College of Law. Prior to joining the faculty at American in 2001, he was a Skadden Fellow and staff attorney at the Asian Pacific American Legal Center in Los Angeles. He clerked for the Hon. William K. Sessions III in the U.S. District Court for the District of Vermont.
Monday, July 23, 2018
When students and faculty from WIRAC realized two children had been separated from their parents at the southern border and shipped thousands of miles away to Connecticut, they immediately jumped into action.
Members of WIRAC, Connecticut Legal Services, and other advocacy groups at a press conference announcing the reunification on July 17, 2018.
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Two families that had been forcibly separated and detained for weeks have been reunited after a successful legal challenge by Yale Law School’s Worker & Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic (WIRAC) and Connecticut Legal Services.
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Clinical Professor of Law Muneer Ahmad and Clinical Associate Professor of Law Marisol Orihuela ’08 are quoted in a report on the reunification of two children and their parents who had been separated at the U.S.-Mexico border. The children were represented by the Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic and CT Legal Services.
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Yale Law clinics have secured three nationwide injunctions in a little over one year, making headlines and shaping the national conversation.
Susanna Evarts ’18 and Emily Villano ’19 addressing the press outside of a WIRAC case hearing on DACA in federal court in Brooklyn.
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Yale Law School students mobilized to protect their clients from the abrupt termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
Friday, October 20, 2017
Deputy Dean for Experiential Education, a Clinical Professor of Law, and the Director of the Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization Muneer Ahmad is mentioned in a report on Batalla Vidal v Baran, that challenges the Trump administration’s termination of the DACA program. The plaintiff is represented by Ahmad and students with the Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic.
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Deputy Dean for Experiential Education and Clinical Professor of Law Muneer Ahmad is quoted in an article about whether children should be used as interpreters in emergency situations.
Friday, February 24, 2017
Clinical Professor of Law Muneer Ahmad and Rebecca Heller ’10 are quoted in an article on efforts to obtain information about those detained and or deported in the wake of President Trump’s travel ban.
WIRAC students gather at Yale Law School to work on immigration lawsuit challenging the refugee and travel ban. (Photo Credit: Jessica Hill)
Wednesday, February 1, 2017
A story about how Yale Law students, faculty, and alumni mobilized to fight the presidential executive order on immigration manning certain refugees and immigrants from the U.S.
Monday, January 30, 2017
A story on the WIRAC students’ efforts to stop deportations in the wake of President Trump’s executive order. Deputy Dean for Experiential Education and William O. Douglas Clinical Professor of Law Michael Wishnie ’93 and Clinical Professor of Law Muneer Ahmad are also mentioned.
Monday, November 21, 2016
Clinical Professor of Law Muneer Ahmad is quoted in an article about a possible Muslim registry under the new administration. Kris Kobach ’95, Kansas Secretary of State and Trump advisor, is mentioned.
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
It’s Time for the United Nations to Compensate Haiti for Its Cholera Disaster—A Commentary by Muneer I. Ahmad and Alice M. Miller
Muneer I. Ahmad is a Clinical Professor of Law and Alice M. Miller is an Associate Professor (Adjunct) of Law and the Co-Director of the Global Health Justice Partnership at Yale Law School.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Clinical Professor of Law Muneer Ahmad is interviewed about ways in which to unite the LGBT and Muslim communities.
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Panelists discussed the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti and what lessons could be learned from those experiences for future global crisis response at an event at Yale Law School.
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
The South Asian Bar Association of Connecticut presented its 2014 Community Service Award to the Yale Law School Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic on October 28 in Hartford.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
YLS 2014 Commencement: Graduates Encouraged to Use Law to Work Toward an Imagined Future—PHOTOS, SPEECHES, VIDEO
More than 200 graduates of Yale Law School participated in commencement ceremonies on Monday afternoon at the William K. Lanman Center at Payne Whitney Gymnasium, joined by a celebratory crowd of more than 1400 people, including friends, family, and Law School faculty.
Monday, November 15, 2010
Yale Law School is taking part in an educational initiative that enables students to watch live streaming video of oral arguments heard before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Muneer I. Ahmad, professor of law at American University’s Washington College of Law and a specialist in immigration law and international human rights, will join the Yale Law School faculty on July 1, 2009, as a clinical professor of law.