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

The Nevada Independent
April 23, 2021
Nine Nevada sheriffs from rural counties and Carson City have signed on to a letter blaming President Joe Biden’s policies for increased criminal activity related to illegal immigration and urging the Democratic president to embrace the border policies of the Trump administration, including resuming construction of the border wall.
USA Today
April 14, 2021
Jose Loyo has a university degree in robotics. He leverages those advanced engineering skills daily to test engines for Cummins, a $40-billion multinational that provides power sources for companies worldwide.
KLAS-TV: 8 News Now
March 11, 2021
The administration of President Joe Biden announced Monday that it will grant temporary protected status, better known as TPS, to Venezuelans who fled the humanitarian crisis and are already residing in the country.
Associated Press
March 10, 2021
Maria Ortiz left Venezuela almost four years ago when she realized her job opportunities were nonexistent. Freshly graduated from college with a degree in petroleum engineering, she boarded a plane and traded her dream of a professional career for a better quality of life in the U.S.

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Arts and Culture | December 30, 2020
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