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Raquel Aldana

Raquel Aldana

Professor of Law
Associate Dean for Faculty Scholarship
Director, Inter-American Program
B.A., Arizona State University
J.D., Harvard Law School


Phone: 916.733.2802
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Tuesday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., and by appointment.


Professor Aldana is a prolific legal scholar who joined the McGeorge faculty in 2009 after previously serving as a tenured professor at UNLV's William S. Boyd School of Law in Las Vegas, Nevada. She is the founder of the McGeorge Inter-American Program, an innovative project committed to educating bilingual and bicultural lawyers who wish to pursue a domestic or transnational career with a focus on U.S-Latin America relations. For over a decade, Prof. Aldana has organized service learning programs to involve law students in the representation of hundreds of immigrants seeking to become citizens or apply for other types of immigration relief. She has served on the Board of the Society of American Law Teachers since 2008 and was Co-President of the organization from 2010-2012. She is also quite active in the AALS, currently serving on the AALS Curriculum Committee and most recently having organized a day-long academic program titled Congressional Dysfunction and Executive Lawmaking During the Obama Administration. Prof. Aldana was also recently re-elected to the Latin America and Caribbean Council of the ABA's Rule of Law Initiative program, and she is part of the ABA Committee organizing the 2016 conference for associate deans. Professor Aldana has written extensively on immigration issues and on the rights of victims of state-sponsored crimes and domestic violence in the Americas. She began her legal career as an associate at Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue of Washington, D.C., later working at the Center for Justice and International Law in the nation's capital where she litigated cases before the Inter-American Commission and the Inter-American Court on Human Rights. Professor Aldana continues her engagement with Latin America: She has been Fulbright Scholar in Guatemala where she taught several courses in a human rights L.L.M. program and conducted research on femicide; she has worked with domestic violence issues in Nicaragua, and continues to be involved with the transitional justice efforts in Guatemala, most recently as part of an Open Society Institute team of international observers of the first genocide trial tried in a domestic tribunal. In 2015, she organized the Guatemala Study Space project around the theme of social corporate social responsibility which will culminate in the publication of a co-edited book.

Courses: Criminal Law, Comparative Latin American Law, Criminal Procedure, Crimmigration, Immigration & Naturalization Law

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