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Lauren Gilbert

Professor of Law

B.A., Harvard University, magna cum laude
J.D., University of Michigan, cum laude

Professor Lauren Gilbert was an associate with the law firm of Arnold & Porter in Washington, D.C. from 1988-1991, a Fulbright Lecturer in Law in Costa Rica in 1991, an attorney-investigator for the United Nations Truth Commission for El Salvador from 1992-1993, the Director of the Women and International Law Program at American University’s Washington College of Law from 1994-1998, and a legal services attorney from 1998 until 2002, before joining the faculty at St. Thomas in May 2002.

Her law review articles while at St. Thomas include:

  • When Democracy Dies Behind Closed Doors: The First Amendment and ‘Special Interest’ Hearings, 55 Rutgers L. Rev. 741 (Spring 2003)
  • Mocking George: Political Satire as True Threat in the Age of Global Terrorism, 58 U. Miami L. Rev. 843 (April 2004)
  • Fields of Hope, Fields of Despair: Legisprudential and Historic Perspectives on the AgJobs Bill of 2003, 42 Harv. J. on Legis. (Summer 2005)
  • Facing Justice: Ethical Choices in Representing Immigrant Clients, 20 Geo. J. Legal Ethics 219 (Spring 2007);
  • National Identity and Immigration Policy in the U.S. and the European Union, 14 Colum. J. Eur. L. 99 (Winter 2007/2008)
  • Citizenship, Civic Virtue, and Immigrant Integration: The Enduring Power of Community-Based Norms, 27 Yale L. & Pol’y Rev. 335 (Spring 2009)
  • The 26th Mile: Empathy and the Immigration Decisions of Justice Sotomayor, 13 Harv. Latino L. Rev. 1 (Spring 2010)
  • Immigrant Laws, Obstacle Preemption & the Lost Legacy of McCulloch, 33 Berkeley J. Emp. & Lab. L. 147 (Spring 2012)
  • Obama's Ruby Slippers: Enforcement Discretion in the Absence of Immigration Reform, 116 W. Va. L. Rev. 255 (2013).

She served as an election monitor in Santiago, Chile in 1989 for the International Human Rights Law Group and for the Florida Democratic Committee in 2004 and 2008.

Most recently, her research has zoomed in to focus on immigrant integration issues at the local level, including field research on the Somali refugees who resettled in Lewiston, Maine, and on efforts to expand the suffrage in New York City to include noncitizen voters, while zooming out to examine immigration enforcement issues through the lenses of separation of powers and federalism.

At St. Thomas University School of Law, Professor Gilbert teaches Constitutional Law (I & II), Immigration Law and Family Law.

Some of her scholarship is available online via the Social Science Research Network, http://ssrn.com/author=339800