Professor of Law
B.A., Arizona State University
J.D., Harvard Law School
Professor Aldana is a prolific legal scholar who joined the Pacific 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 and director of the Pacific 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. The program offers a unique bilingual legal education in Guatemala and the opportunity for supervised quality placements in several countries of Latin America and in the U.S. 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 also currently serves on the AALS Curriculum Committee and was the Chair of the Presidential Program on Globalizing the Curriculum for the AALS 2013 Annual meeting. 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 just ice 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.
Courses: Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Comparative Latin American Law, Immigration & Naturalization Law, International Labor Law