In accordance with its strategic plan for innovation and leadership, UC Hastings is expanding and enriching its global programs, offering additional exchange programs and new global opportunities for students. Leading these initiatives, and many more, will be Professor Richard Boswell.
“Professor Boswell brings extensive experience in rule of law/justice projects in Haiti, Central Asia, Colombia, Guatemala, Palestine, and Venezuela,” says Provost and Academic Dean Elizabeth Hillman, “as well as scholarly interests in comparative immigration law, and a history of leadership at UC Hastings. He is a natural choice for this position.”
The mission of Global Programs is to create opportunities for students and faculty to learn about foreign legal cultures through exchanges, foreign graduate law students and scholars and events. Each year approximately 40 foreign lawyers and scholars are in residence at UC Hastings and about 35 UC Hastings students go abroad for legal study in either one-semester programs or in one-year joint J.D./LL.M. programs at distinguished foreign universities.
“Building on an already strong foundation, I hope that our program will attract an even larger and more diverse group of LLM students and more of our students will take the opportunity to broaden their world view,” says Boswell. “With our phenomenal faculty, diverse and talented student body, and the opportunities afforded by studying in the rich environment of the Bay Area, I believe this is eminently possible.”
Professor Boswell joined the full-time faculty in 1990 at UC Hastings after having taught at two other law schools. He received his B.A. in Urban Economics from Loyola-Marymount University in Los Angeles and his J.D. from the George Washington University National Law Center where he was a member of the Journal of International Law & Economics. He was in private practice and later joined the faculty of the George Washington University National Law Center where he founded the law school’s immigration clinic and directed their Trial Practice Program. Working his way west, he joined the law faculty at Notre Dame in 1986.
Professor Boswell has written extensively in the field of immigration law and is the author of 10 books and more than 15 articles. His books include Immigration Law & Procedure: Cases and Materials (4th ed. 2010), Refugee Law & Policy: a Comparative and International Approach (4th Ed. 2011) (coauthored with Karen Musalo and Jennifer Moore) and Essentials of Immigration Law (3rd ed. 2012). He has testified on numerous occasions before congressional committees and is a frequent lecturer on immigration law both nationally and internationally. Most recently he has served as one of two Special Masters for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California implementing a settlement in Catholic Social Services v. Napolitano, a nationwide class action involving the 1986 immigration amnesty.