Professor Laila L. Hlass’ teaches and writes about the convergence of the immigration enforcement and criminal legal regimes, immigrant children, and experiential pedagogy, and she co-directs Tulane’s Immigrant Rights Clinic. In particular, her scholarship interrogates the policies, doctrines, and practices within the immigration legal system that perpetuate racial subordination. Her most recent law review articles have appeared or are forthcoming in the California Law Review, Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, American University Law Review, and Utah Law Review. She regularly speaks and appears in the news regarding migration, refugees and immigrant children and has written op-eds for Slate, the Boston Globe and Ms. Magazine. Professor Hlass serves on the board of the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana and the Clinical Law Review.
In 2022, she was recognized with the Elisabeth S. “Lisa” Brodyaga Award from the National Immigration Project for outstanding contributions to immigrant rights. She was honored as a 2021-22 Bellows Scholar with Prof. Mary Yanik for their research regarding habeas litigation of prolonged and punitive immigrant detention. Prof. Hlass was awarded a 2018 Carol Lavin Bernick Faculty Grant to develop pedagogical films for experiential faculty, as part of the Legal Interviewing and Language Access Film Project.
Before joining Tulane Law School in 2017, Prof. Hlass taught at Boston University School of Law as a clinical associate professor. She received her B.A. from Rice University, J.D. from Columbia Law School, and LLM with distinction from Georgetown University Law Center. While in law school, she co-founded the Student Hurricane Network, which recruited and placed more than 5,500 law students in pro bono assignments in regions affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. After law school, she was awarded a Chadbourne & Parke Fellowship to work as a staff attorney at the Door, a youth legal services agency. Later, she was awarded an Equal Justice America Fellowship and an Equal Justice Works Fellowship to work as a staff attorney in Loyola New Orleans’ Immigration Clinic.
The Empirical Imperative to Understand Habeas for Detained Immigrants work-in progress (with Mary Yanik) (Bellow Scholar project).
Deportation Abolition Lawyering, work-in-progress.
Critical Interviewing, Utah L. R. (forthcoming 2021) (with Lindsay M. Harris).
Assessing the Experiential (R)evolution, 65 Vill. L. Rev 713 (2020) (with Allison Korn).
The Adultification of Migrant Children, 34 Geo. Immigr. L. Rev. 199 (2020).
Priya Baskaran, Laila Hlass, Sarah Sherman-Stokes & Allison Korn, Experiential Learning through Popular Multi-Media, in Teaching Law with Popular Culture (Christine Corcos ed., Carolina Academic Press forthcoming 2018).
The School to Deportation Pipeline, 34 Ga. St. U. L. Rev. 697 (2018).
Minor Protections: Best Practices for Representing Immigrant Children, 47 N. M. L. Rev. 247 (2017).
States and Status: A Study of Geographical Disparities for Immigrant Youth, 46 Col. Hum. Rts. Rev. 266 (2014).
Davida Finger, Laila Hlass, Anne Hornsby, Susan Kuo & Rachel Van Cleave, Engaging the Legal Academy in Disaster Response, 10 Seattle J. for Soc. Just. 211 (2011).