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Geoffrey Hoffman

Clinical Associate Professor

Director; Immigration Clinic

A.B. Columbia University (magna cum laude); J.D. Tulane Law School (cum laude), LL.M. Harvard Law School.

In 2014, Professor Geoffrey Hoffman received the Elmer Fried Excellence in Teaching Award from the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).

Professor Hoffman heads the UH Immigration Clinic and specializes in immigration-related federal court litigation, deportation defense, asylum cases, and appeals before the Board of Immigration Appeals. He has served as counsel or co-counsel in over 40 appellate and trial court cases. Professor Hoffman served as co-counsel before the Supreme Court of the United States in the precedent-setting immigration case, Carachuri-Rosendo v. Holder.

Prior to joining the Clinic, he practiced immigration law at Kurzban Kurzban Weinger & Tetzeli, P.A. in Miami. Previously, Professor Hoffman was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois, held the Forrester Fellowship at Tulane Law School and was a Lecturer at the University of Miami. In addition to his practice and teaching experience, Professor Hoffman served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Paul V. Gadola, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan for a two-year term 1998-2000.

Professor Hoffman has also published articles on immigration, international law, international human rights, and racial profiling, most recently, "The War on Terror as a Metaphor for Immigration Regulation," appearing in the University of Iowa’s Journal of Gender, Race and Justice, coauthored with Susham Modi in 2012. In addition, Professor Hoffman’s article, "Immigration Form I-864 (Affidavit of Support) and Efforts to Collect Damages as Support Obligations Against Divorced Spouses—What Practitioners Need to Know" appeared in the Florida Bar Journal.

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