Faculty Participants

          UC Hastings Professors Karen Musalo and Richard Boswell are the main faculty advisors for HHP, and have traveled with the delegation every year since they founded the organization. They have also been invited as distinguished guests to preside over the ESCDROJ graduation and served on juries for graduates defending their theses.  Blaine Bookey, Staff Attorney at UC Hastings’ Center for Gender & Refugee Studies, was a member when she was a student at Hastings, and is once again an integral member of the delegation as the HHP Coordinator.  

          Each year, HHP recruits new faculty members to participate in the seminar and delegation to ESCDROJ to present on various topics related to their area of expertise.  Several of the Hastings faculty have had an ongoing involvement with HHP: Professor Kate Bloch has traveled with the HHP delegation four times as of June 2012 and has helped develop our clinical education programs, and Professor David Takacs, director of HHP when he was a student at Hastings, traveled with the 2010 delegation after he joined the Hastings faculty.  

          Featured Faculty

          Richard Boswell, HHP Founder

          Richard BoswellProfessor Boswell joined the faculty at Hastings after teaching as a visiting professor in 1990.  He received his B.A. in Urban Economics from Loyola-Marymount University in Los Angeles and his J.D. from the George Washington University National Law Center where he was a member of the Journal of International Law & Economics.  He was in private practice and later joined the faculty of the George Washington University National Law Center where he directed the Trial Practice Program and Immigration Law Clinic and taught immigration law.  Working his way west, he joined the faculty at the University of Notre Dame Law School in 1986.

          Professor Boswell is a frequent lecturer on immigration law and has taught regularly in programs for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy since 1986.  He was most recently the co-editor-in-chief of the Clinical Law Review which is a joint publication of the Clinical Legal Education Association (CLEA), the New York University Law School and the Association of American Law Schools (AALS).  In addition to his work in clinical legal education, Professor Boswell has been involved in rule of law/justice projects in Central Asia, Columbia, Guatemala, Palestine and Venezuela.  He is the author of Immigration and Nationality Law: Cases and Materials, the co-author (with Karen Musalo and Jennifer Moore) of Refugee Law: Cases and Materials as well as numerous articles and books on immigration law.  He currently teaches immigration law, and directs the Immigrants' Rights Clinic.

          Karen Musalo, HHP Founder

          Karen MusaloProfessor Musalo directs the Center for Gender & Refugee Studies, and the Refugee and Human Rights Clinic. She is lead co-author of Refugee Law and Policy: An International and Comparative Approach (4th edition), and has contributed to the evolving jurisprudence of asylum law through her scholarship, as well as her litigation of landmark cases.  Professor Musalo is recognized for her innovative work on refugee issues.  She was the first attorney to partner with psychologists in her representation of traumatized asylum seekers – a  practice that has since become standard – and  she edited the first handbook for practitioners on cross-cultural issues and the impact of culture on credibility in the asylum context.  She has received numerous advocacy awards for her pioneering legal work, including the 2010 California Lawyer of the Year Award, the 2009 Daily Journal’s recognition as one of the “Top 100” lawyers in California, and the American Lawyer's 1997 recognition as one of the forty-five outstanding young public interest lawyers.


          Kate Bloch

          Kate Bloch

          Professor Bloch has enjoyed the privilege of participating in the Hastings-to-Haiti Partnership exchange in Jérémie, Haiti with ESCDROJ four times, most recently in June of 2012.  On the first two delegations, she collaborated in the creation of clinical simulations of criminal cases and engaged ESDROJ students in these experiential learning modules.  In March 2012, she gave a presentation comparing an approach to attorney-client confidentiality in the U.S. with an approach in Haiti, as currently embodied in a draft Haitian ethics code. She returned to ESDROJ in June 2012 to present a clinical simulation on the cholera litigation between the U.N. and the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti.

          Professor Bloch graduated from Stanford Law School and served as a court clerk with the D.C. Circuit.  Following her clerkship, she worked as a trial attorney for the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office for four years before joining the UC Hastings faculty in 1991.  In 1997, then Chief Justice Ronald George appointed Professor Bloch to serve on the Judicial Council Task Force on Jury Instructions, Criminal Instructions Subcommittee.  In that role, she participated in the writing of the CALCRIM instructions now in use in criminal trials throughout California.

          Brian Gray

          Professor Brian E. Gray graduated from Pomona College, B.A. (1976) and UCBerkeley School of Law, J.D. (1979). He is the author of numerous books and articles in the fields of environmental law, water resources, public lands and natural resources, property rights and the constitution, and related subjects. He also has argued environmental and water resources cases before the California Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and other courts. Professor Gray is a recipient of the William Rutter Award for Excellence in Teaching, the UC Hastings Outstanding Teacher Award, and the Nature Conservancy's Volunteer Service Award.

          Blaine Bookey, HHP Coordinator

          While a student at Hastings, Blaine directed HHP and is glad to be back as a faculty participant.

          Blaine Bookey is a Staff Attorney at the Center for Gender & Refugee Studies where she participates in the international human rights and appellate litigation programs.  She has spearheaded the organization’s work to combat gender-based violence in Haiti since the earthquake.  Prior to joining the Center, she served as a law clerk to the Honorable Dolores K. Sloviter, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and as a fellow with the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti and the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux.  Blaine is a graduate, summa cum laude, Order of the Coif, of U.C.Hastings.   

          Other Faculty Participants

          Hadar Aviram

          Professor Aviram teaches Criminal Law and Procedure, Sociology of the Criminal Justice System, and Theoretical Criminology at U.C. Hastings.  She was a member of the 2009 HHP delegation, for which she presented on the Stanford Prison Experiment and the sociology of criminology. 

          Heather Field

          Professor Field teaches Federal Income Taxation as well as many advanced tax courses at U.C. Hastings.  She was a member of the HHP 2009 delegation, for which she presented on U.S. tax policy as applied to international transactions. 

          Rory Little

          Professor Little teaches Criminal Law and Procedure, Constitutional Law, and co-teaches the Criminal Concentration Seminar at U.C. Hastings.  He was a member of the 2011 HHP delegation, for which he created and presented a criminal clinic simulation with Professor Kate Bloch. 

          Roger Park

          Professor Park teaches Evidence, Scientific Methods, and Trial Objections at U.C. Hastings. He was a member of the 2012 delegation, for which he presented on evidentiary issues with eyewitness identifications and U.S. rape shield laws. 

          Radikha Rao

          Professor Rao teaches Property and Constitutional Law at U.C. Hastings. 

          Kim Seelinger

          Professor Seelinger is the Director of the Sexual Violence & Accountability Project for the Human Rights Center at U.C. Berkeley Law.  Prior to joining the Human Rights Center faculty she was a Staff Attorney at the U.C. Hastings Center for Gender & Refugee Studies, where she co-taught the Refugee and Human Rights Clinic.  She was a member of the 2009 HHP delegation, for which she presented a criminal clinic simulation. 

          David Takacs

          Professor David Takacs is a proud Hastings alumnus.  He also holds an LL.M. from the School of Oriental & African Studies at the University of London, and a B.S. (Biology), M.A., and Ph.D. (Science & Technology Studies) from Cornell University.