Founding Board Member
Sameer Ashar is Vice Dean for Experiential Education and Professor of Law at UCLA School of Law. He was previously Clinical Professor of Law at UC Irvine School of Law and co-director of the UC Irvine Immigrant Rights Clinic. He served as Associate Dean for Clinical Programs at City University of New York School of Law.
Ashar focuses both his clinical practice and scholarship on the relationship of law to racial and economic subordination. He has defended individuals before the Executive Office for Immigration Review, the Board of Immigration Appeals, and the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second and Fifth Circuits. He has represented immigrant workers in litigation against exploitative employers in state and federal court, as well as before the National Labor Relations Board, Equal Employment Opportunities Commission, and California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement.
Ashar has worked on policy advocacy and community education projects with numerous immigrant organizations including the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, UNITE HERE Local 11, Warehouse Workers Resource Center, Orange County Immigrant Youth United, Resilience OC, Colectivo Tonantzin, Restaurant Opportunities Center of New York, Domestic Workers United, Andolan Organizing South Asian Workers, New York Taxi Workers Alliance, Families for Freedom, and the Workplace Project. He is a member of the boards of the Orange County Justice Fund and Chispa.
Ashar’s publications have appeared most recently in UCLA Law Review and California Law Review. He has served on the board of editors of Clinical Law Review and on the boards of trustees of the Clinical Legal Education Association and Swarthmore College.
Ashar earned his B.A. with high honors in political science from Swarthmore College, and his J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law school where he was Lead Articles Editor for the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review and co-chair of the Coalition for Civil Rights.