Michael Kagan

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

Biography

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).

Education

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

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Michael Kagan In The News

September 23, 2021
UNLV’s Immigration Clinic at William S. Boyd School of Law will add a half-million dollars to its coffers to defend immigrants facing deportation, particularly unaccompanied children and those who are detained and awaiting removal, the school announced.
September 21, 2021
The UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law announced today that the Clark County Commission approved a $500,000 allocation, which will be distributed over two years, to the UNLV Immigration Clinic.
September 13, 2021
As the fall Books Sandwiched In noon-hour series at the Schenectady County Public Library begins Monday, longtime fans of the program might notice some changes.
August 31, 2021
In 2020, Kagan published his first book The Battle to Stay in America: Immigration’s Hidden Front Line.

Articles Featuring Michael Kagan

Campus News | September 7, 2021
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Campus News | August 4, 2021
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Campus News | July 9, 2021
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Campus News | April 14, 2021
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