Laila Hlass ’06
Laila Hlass directs Boston University Law School's Immigrants’ Rights Clinic, where students represent newly arrived unaccompanied children facing deportation and refugees fleeing human rights abuses. Her teaching and scholarship focus on law, policy, and practices that affect access to justice within the immigration law regime for particularly vulnerable communities. She regularly speaks about migration, refugees, and immigrant children, having written op-eds for the Boston Globe and appeared on NBC News online. Previously, she taught at Georgetown University Law Center as a clinical teaching fellow, as well as at Loyola University New Orleans, College of Law, as a staff attorney and Equal Justice Works fellow in the Immigration Clinic. While at Loyola, she also directed the Office of Law Skills and Experiential Learning on an interim basis. She currently serves on the board of the Clinical Legal Education Association as well as the National Advisory Committee of Equal Justice Works, and during 2009–2010, she was selected as an Effective Leadership fellow with Duke University’s Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy. Laila obtained her LLM with distinction from Georgetown University, and her JD from Columbia Law School, where she was a Stone Scholar. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Rice University. While in law school, she co-founded the Student Hurricane Network, a national network of law students that recruited and placed more than 5,500 law students with pro bono placements in the hurricane-affected region.