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Associate Professor of Law
Immigrant Rights Clinic Elizabeth Keyes
John and Frances Angelos Law Center, Room 432

Administrative Assistant: Terry Berk
John and Frances Angelos Law Center, Room 200


J.D., magna cum laude, Georgetown University Law Center, 2004
M.P.A., Princeton University, 1998
B.A., magna cum laude, Carleton College, 1994

Curriculum Vitae

Areas of Expertise

Clinical Legal Education
Immigration and Naturalization Law

Professor Keyes directs the Immigrant Rights Clinic. Her teaching, scholarship and practice all focus on improving access to justice for immigrants in the immigration system and other intersecting areas of the law, from criminal to family law.

Prior to joining the UB faculty, Professor Keyes was a Practitioner-in-Residence with the Immigrant Justice Clinic at American University Washington College of Law, where she supervised students in detained immigration removal cases, civil rights cases, visa applications for crime survivors, and a broad range of policy work related to immigrants’ rights.

Professor Keyes’ clinical work emerges from her years of practice at two organizations whose work with immigrants crossed a spectrum of legal needs and lawyering strategies. At CASA of Maryland, Professor Keyes represented domestic workers on employment and immigration matters, particularly focusing on those trafficked by diplomats, which required close collaboration between lawyers and community organizers. At WEAVE, an organization providing holistic services to domestic violence survivors, Professor Keyes worked closely with a team of social workers and focused on the intersection between immigration and domestic violence; she provided direct representation and systemic advocacy to improve the implementation of laws designed to protect immigrant survivors.

Professor Keyes is admitted to the bars of Maryland and the District of Columbia, and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

Selected Publications

Articles and Essays

Raising the Bar: Zealous Advocacy as the Guiding Principle in Immigration Defense, Seton Hall L. Rev. (forthcoming spring 2015).

Race and Immigration, Then and Now: How the Shift to 'Worthiness' Undermines the 1965 Immigration Law’s Civil Rights Goals, Howard L.J. (forthcoming summer 2014).

Clinical Legal Education: A (Brief) Comparison of the Evolving Structures and Pedagogy in Mexico, Canada and the United States, (with David Koelsch and Alejandro Posadas Urtusuástegui), U. Det. Mercy L. Rev. (forthcoming summer 2014).

Race and Immigration, Then and Now: How the Shift to 'Worthiness' Undermines the 1965 Immigration Law’s Civil Rights Goals, 57 How. L. J. 899 (2014)

Defining American: The DREAM Act, Immigration Reform and Citizenship, 14 Nev. L.J. 102 (2013).

Examining Maryland’s Views on Immigrants and Immigration, 43 U. Balt. L. Forum 1 (2012).

Beyond Saints and Sinners: Discretion and the Need for New Narratives in the U.S. Immigration System, 26 GEO. Immigr. L. J. 207 (2012).

CASA of Maryland and the Battle Regarding Human Trafficking and Domestic Worker Rights, 7 U. Mary. L. J. Race, Religion, Gender and Class 14 (2008) (symposium edition)

Meeting the Legal Needs of Human Trafficking Victims: An Introduction for Domestic Violence Attorneys and Advocates, Jean Bruggeman and Elizabeth Keyes (Amanda Kloer, Irena Lieberman and Robin Runge, eds.), ABA Commission on Domestic Violence (2008)

Accountability in the Aftermath of Rwanda’s Genocide, Elizabeth Keyes and Jason Strain in Accountability for Atrocities (Jane Stromseth, ed., 2003)

Expansion and Restriction: Competing Pressures on United Kingdom Asylum Policy, 18 Geo. Immigr. L. J. 395 (2004)

Articles on Social Science Research Network