posted Sep 27, 2016

New Voices in Our Community: 3 New Faculty Members Join UW Law

UW School of Law welcomes three new faculty members with expertise in critical race theory, criminal law, immigration and clinical legal education.

“Each of these new faculty members enrich our students’ experience with their commitment to outstanding teaching and public service,” said Dean Kellye Testy.

Assistant Professor Angelica Chazaro joined UW School of Law as a full-time faculty member after previously serving as a visiting assistant professor. Her areas of expertise are critical race theory, poverty law and immigration. Angleica Chazaro

After graduating from Columbia Law School, she received a Ford Foundation fellowship to work with the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) in Seattle. During her seven years at NWIRP, she specialized in representing immigrant survivors of violence and directed one of the organization's offices in Eastern Washington, focusing on providing immigration legal services to farmworkers.

Chazaro served as a chief negotiator during a 56-day hunger strike at the Northwest Detention Center, representing immigrant detainees. She has been interviewed in national and international news outlets for her work on behalf of immigrants. She is a member of the Blue Ribbon Commission convened by the National Day Laborer's Organizing Network to provide the Executive Branch with recommendations on administrative relief for undocumented people.

At Columbia, she received the Jane Marks Murphy Prize for Excellence in Clinical Advocacy and was named a Lowenstein Fellow. She was a Kent Scholar, a Stone Scholar, and an editor of the Columbia Human Rights Law Review. Before attending Columbia, Chazaro earned a B.A. in Women's Studies from Harvard University.

Assistant Professor Trevor Gardner, who specializes in criminal justice with a focus on policing, joined UW School of Law this fall. His research addresses a variety of related topics including racial profiling, community control of police, racial peer-group identification among African-American police officers, and decriminalization movements among local governments. Trevor Gardner

He is a graduate of Harvard Law School, where he served as co-editor-in-chief of the Harvard Black Letter Law Journal, and has a master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of California Berkeley. His research has been sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the University of Michigan Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research, the UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies, the UC Chancellor, the UC Berkeley Institute for the Study of Societal Issues, the Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy and the Prison University Project.

Gardner previously worked as a trial attorney at the District of Columbia Public Defender Service.

Professor Christine Cimini joined the UW School of Law faculty as associate dean for experiential education. A new position for the law school, the role reflects UW School of Law's commitment to an integrated learning experience for all students. It looks at experiential learning beyond clinics to include moot court, externships and other opportunities. Christine Cimini

From 2011-2016, she was a member of the faculty at Vermont Law School (VLS), the associate dean of research and faculty development and the director of externship programs. Prior to joining VLS, she was an associate professor and director of clinical programs at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law (DU) and was named the Ronald V. Yegge Clinic director in 2010. She spent a year as a visiting faculty member at Cornell University Law School. From 1993-1996, she was a Robert M. Cover Fellow in Clinical Teaching at the Yale Law School.

Cimini and her clinic students at DU received the Clinical Legal Education Association (CLEA) Award for Excellence in Public Interest Project in 2002 for their work addressing the problem of predatory lending in Denver. She is currently the co-chair of the American Association of Law Schools (AALS) Section on Clinical Legal Education.

Her recent scholarship research focuses on legal issues that arise when representing undocumented immigrant workers.