Faculty News & Honors
Nadia Anguiano ’17, associate clinical professor of law and director of the Federal Immigration Litigation Clinic, was recognized for her work on the national Amicus Committee of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). The Amicus Committee was awarded the 2023 Jack Wasserman Memorial Award, which was established in 1980 and is given in recognition of “excellence in litigation in the field of immigration law.” Anguiano previously served on AILA’s Federal Court Litigation Section Steering Committee and on the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Freedom Fund, a nonprofit organization that pays criminal bail and immigration bonds for incarcerated individuals who cannot otherwise afford to pay.
Linus Chan has been appointed the James H. Binger Clinical Professor of Law. The Board of Regents also recently approved his promotion to the rank of clinical professor of law. His clinical work focuses on removal defense for those detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). He is widely recognized for his work on behalf of his clients and for his work with students. From 2021 to 2023, he was the Law School’s Vaughan G. Papke Research Scholar and was awarded the Law School’s Stanley V. Kinyon Clinical Teacher of the Year Award in 2022.
Kristin Hickman, McKnight Presidential Professor in Law; Distinguished McKnight University Professor; and Harlan Albert Rogers Professor in Law, was appointed a senior fellow by the Administrative Conference of the United States (ACUS), to serve a two-year term. ACUS is an independent, non-partisan federal agency within the executive branch dedicated to improving administrative law and federal regulatory processes. It conducts applied research and provides expert recommendations and other advice to improve federal agency procedures. Its membership is composed of senior federal officials, academics, and other experts from the private sector. Since 1968, ACUS has issued hundreds of recommendations, published reports and reference guides, and organized forums to improve the efficiency, adequacy, and fairness of administrative processes such as rulemaking and adjudication. Many have resulted in reforms by federal agencies, the President, Congress, and the Judicial Conference of the United States. Hickman previously served ACUS for six years as a public member and for four years as chair of its Judicial Review Committee.
Andrew Martineau received continuous appointment and promotion to associate librarian as approved by the Board of Regents. Martineau is the instructional services librarian. He leads the Law Library’s instructional program, which includes coordinating research instruction for first-year law students, teaching a practice-ready legal research course, and giving presentations on specialized legal research topics in upper-division seminars. He also provides reference services to the Law School community. Martineau is a member of the American Association of Law Libraries and the Minnesota Association of Law Libraries. Martineau is currently the President of the Minnesota Association of Law Libraries and serves as the vice chair/chair-elect of the AALL Law Library Journal Article of the Year Jury.
Stephen Meili, the James H. Michael Chair in International Law, was named the assistant dean for clinical education. Meili directs the Immigration and Human Rights Clinic and leads the clinical program at the University of Minnesota Law School. Meili writes and teaches about the rights of noncitizens, particularly those seeking asylum. His work often takes a comparative approach: His recent book, published in 2022 by Oxford University Press, is a study of the constitutionalization of human rights law and its impact on asylum-seekers in Colombia, Mexico, South Africa, Uganda and the United States. His scholarship has also analyzed the effectiveness of human rights treaties in protecting asylum-seekers in Canada, Ecuador, Mexico, the U.S., and the European Union.
Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, University Regents Professor; Robina Chair in Law, Public Policy, and Society; and faculty director of the Human Rights Center at the Law School, was recently elected to the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) for a five-year term.
This year, as part of her mandate as United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism, Ní Aoláin completed a technical visit to the detention facility at the U.S. Naval Station Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. She also completed an official visit to a detention camp in Syria. She presented her findings and recommendations at the conclusion of each visit. In September, she joined European parliamentarians at a global conference in Brussels that examined the closure of Guantánamo.
Caleb Smith was promoted to clinical professor of law as approved by the Board of Regents. Smith, the director of the Ronald M. Mankoff Tax Clinic, is actively involved with the American Bar Association Tax Section, where he has served as vice chair and co-chair of the American Bar Association Tax Section Pro Bono & Tax Clinic Committee since 2018. He has given numerous presentations at national American Bar Association Tax Section conferences on low-income tax issues and has co-authored chapters in both the seventh and eighth editions of the American Bar Association publication Effectively Representing Your Client Before the IRS. In addition to directing the Federal Tax Clinic, he teaches Federal Tax Procedure. Smith was awarded the Stanley V. Kinyon Clinical Teacher of the Year Award for clinical faculty for the 2020-21 academic year.
Loren Turner received continuous appointment and promotion to associate librarian. Turner specializes in and teaches foreign, comparative, and international legal research. She is an affiliate faculty member of the Law School’s Human Rights Center and the Law Library’s liaison to faculty and students engaged in foreign, comparative, and international law research, scholarship, and advocacy. She has served in various leadership roles within the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL), most notably as chair of the Foreign, Comparative, and International Law Special Interest Section (FCIL-SIS). Turner was recently elected vice president/ president-elect of the Minnesota Association of Law Libraries.