Professor Vastine joined the faculty of the St. Thomas University School of Law in 2004. His practice and research focus on immigration litigation, particularly regarding the deportation consequences of criminal convictions and the due process rights of immigrants.
Professor Vastine holds a B.M. from Oberlin Conservatory of Music, an M.M. from Temple University and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.
He is a member of the Florida Bar Committee on Law Related Education and is co-chair of the Membership and Outreach Committee, American Association of Law Schools (AALS) Clinical Section. In 2011 and 2012, he was elected to the AILA South Florida Chapter Board of Directors. He presently is co-chair of the AILA South Florida Chapter Litigation Committee, is chair of the Law Student Division and serves on the DHS Chief Counsel Liaison Committee. Additionally, he served on the South Florida Chapter Ad Hoc Amicus Committee responsible for drafting AILA's briefs in post-Padilla v. Kentuckylitigation in the Florida appellate courts regarding the rights of immigrant criminal defendants to receive effective assistance of counsel. He also co-represents the lead case on the subject, Hernandez v. State, which he argued at the Florida Supreme Court in May 2012.