Expanding UCLA School of Law’s role as a national leader in immigration law and boosting its robust immigration programming and clinics, the school has established the Center for Immigration Law and Policy with a $5 million commitment from alumna Alicia Miñana and her husband, Rob Lovelace.

By Joshua Rich

The center launches at a time when U.S. immigration policies are shifting rapidly. Unprecedented numbers of people are seeking asylum at the U.S. border, and authorities increasingly are using the criminal justice system to monitor and restrict migrant populations. The center will be a hub for scholarship and advocacy, engaging community organizations, practitioners, lawmakers and experts in the field to develop and disseminate ideas at local, state, national and international levels.

“Given our home in the global city of Los Angeles and our outstanding faculty, excellent clinics and talented students working in immigration law and policy, UCLA Law aspires to lead the country in training the next generation of trailblazers and in charting the course ahead,” said UCLA Law Dean Jennifer Mnookin. “We share Alicia and Rob’s vision for the future and are incredibly grateful for their commitment to the school and to UCLA.”

The Center for Immigration Law and Policy will support UCLA Law’s nationally renowned immigration scholars and enhance the school’s existing and wide-ranging immigration programs, which include:

  • The Immigrant Family Legal Clinic, which opened in 2019 at the Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools in Los Angeles and is the nation’s only immigration law clinic on a K-12 public school campus.

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