Michael Kagan

Director, UNLV Immigration Clinic
Professor of Law
Expertise: Immigration Law, International Human Rights Law, Administrative Law


Michael Kagan, director of the UNLV Immigration Clinic, teaches administrative law, professional responsibility, international human rights and immigration law.  In both his research and his clinical teaching, Kagan focuses on the tension between immigration law and civil rights.

Kagan has been published by numerous top law reviews and journals and wrote several of the most widely cited articles in the fields of international refugee and asylum law, which have been relied on by courts in multiple countries.  Kagan’s research on credibility assessment in asylum cases “guided most subsequent research and analysis on the topic,” according to a 2012 commentary. He is frequently interviewed on immigration issues by local, national and global news media, and is a frequent Op-Ed writer, with his work appearing in The Washington PostSalon.comThe Daily BeastWorld Politics Review, and The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Before coming to UNLV's Boyd School of Law, Kagan spent 10 years building legal aid programs for refugees throughout the Middle East and Asia, and lived in London, Cairo, Beirut and Jerusalem. He held teaching positions at Tel Aviv University and the American University in Cairo. His role in expanding refugee legal aid in the global south was profiled in Zachary Kaufman’s Social Entrepreneurship in the Age of Atrocities (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2012).


  • J.D., University of Michigan Law School
  • B.A., Northwestern University

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Michael Kagan In The News

Diverse Education
As the lame duck session of Congress continues, educational organizations are lobbying for legislation to protect undocumented Americans who arrived in the country at young ages, known as Dreamers.
Daily Kos
Nevada’s Catherine Cortez Masto triumphed in her closely watched race this past weekend, defeating Big Lie pusher Adam Laxalt and keeping the U.S. Senate in Democratic control for another two years. Cortez Masto, the first and only Latina in the chamber, secured her reelection on Saturday following vote counts in Clark County, a blue stronghold.
El Espectador
Heading into the midterms, the Democrats kept quiet about migration as if there was no problem at the border and let the Republicans dominate the debate by making this a political spectacle, blaming everything on migration. It was a missed opportunity.
States Top Leading News
At Graywood Farms in the heart of Amish country, farmer and co-owner Lisa Graybeal warns of a pressing immigration issue that she and other farmers say is not getting enough attention: They need migrant workers to keep their farms running and Americans fed.

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Campus News | November 8, 2022

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Campus News | August 3, 2022

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Campus News | December 30, 2021

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