June 23, 2014 -Professor Geoffrey Hoffman has been awarded the 2014 Elmer Fried Excellence in Teaching Award for outstanding professor in the area of immigration law by the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). Hoffman received the award on Saturday during AILA's Annual Conference in Boston.
AILA noted that the organization had received numerous recommendations for Hoffman from fellow teachers and immigration lawyers when the call for nominations went out. AILA members from around the country also recounted the influence that Professor Hoffman had on their careers.
“I am honored to receive this prestigious award from AILA. I want to thank my friends and colleagues at the University of Houston Law Center. One thing I have learned from our excellent students and dedicated professors is that everything we do is truly a team effort.
“The UH Law Center is a leader in clinical legal education and this award recognizes this fact. Thank you to UH Law Center for supporting our efforts to help immigrants and develop the law in this area while promoting immigrant rights," said Geoff Hoffman, director of UH Law Center’s Immigration Clinic.
Beyond the classroom, Hoffman has also served as counsel or co-counsel in more than 40 appellate and trial court cases. In 2010, he served as co-counsel, with the help of several UHLC student attorneys, on a precedent-setting Supreme Court case which resulted in a 9-0 win for the immigrant in Carachuri-Rosendo v. Holder. Recently, he and his students worked on an important 5th Circuit case which resulted in a published decision relating to the rights of asylum seekers who are subject to return orders under the Hague Convention.