Muneer Ahmad appointed the Goldman Clinical Professor of Law
Muneer Iftikhar Ahmad, recently named as the Sol Goldman Clinical Professor of Law, focuses his teaching, scholarship, and practice on the intersections of immigration, race, and citizenship in both legal theory and legal practice. His appointment will be effective on July 1.
Ahmad co-teaches 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. The clinic’s recent work included successfully obtaining the first nationwide injunction against the Trump Administration’s first Muslim Ban, challenging the termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, and litigating the forcible separation of immigrant children from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border. He also has represented immigrants in a range of labor, immigration, and trafficking cases, and for three years represented a prisoner at Guantánamo Bay.
Ahmad’s scholarship includes: “Beyond Earned Citizenship,” 52 Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review 257 (2017); “Resisting Guantánamo; Rights at the Brink of Dehumanization,” 103 Northwestern Law Review 1683 (2009); and “Interpreting Communities: Lawyering Across Language Difference,” 54 U.C.L.A. Law Review 999 (2007).
Previously, Ahmad directed the Transnational Development Clinic, in which he and his students worked on projects designed to identify productive sites for intervention for U.S.-based lawyers in global poverty work. This 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.
Ahmad received his B.A. and J.D. degrees from Harvard University. Prior to joining the Yale faculty, he was professor of law at American University Washington College of Law. In addition to his new appointment, Ahmad serves as deputy dean for experiential education and as director of the Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization.