NILC Welcomes New Board Member

February 24, 2022

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NILC Welcomes New Board Member

WASHINGTON — The National Immigration Law Center today announced the addition of Rose Cuison-Villazor, Interim Dean and professor at Rutgers University School of Law, to the NILC board of directors.

“The NILC board sets the strategic direction of the organization, and the addition of Rose Cuison-Villazor will ensure that we continue to lead with a values-based approach that makes a difference for our communities and our country,” said Marielena Hincapié, NILC executive director. “Dean Cuison-Villazor brings vital perspective and talents to our board from her decades of legal expertise and in her work advancing racial justice and civil rights. I’m excited and honored to work with Dean Cuison-Villazor as we continue to fight for a just and inclusive 21st century immigration system where all people, regardless of immigration status, have the freedom to thrive.”

“I am honored to contribute to NILC’s legacy of protecting and defending the rights of immigrants who call this country home,” said Cuison-Villazor. “One year into the Biden administration, this mission is as critical as ever and I look forward to working with NILC to break down barriers and build a humane immigration system.”

** Rose Cuison-Villazor is Interim Dean, Professor of Law and Chancellor’s Social Justice Scholar at Rutgers University School of Law in Newark, New Jersey. Between 2019 and 2021, she served as Vice Dean. She is also Director of the Center for Immigration Law, Policy and Social Justice, which conducts publicly-engaged research and policy work on behalf of New Jersey immigrants and their families. Dean Cuison-Villazor teaches and writes in the areas of immigration and citizenship law, property law, critical race theory, Asian Americans and the law, and equal protection law. Dean Cuison-Villazor’s scholarship has appeared in top law journals in the country, including California Law Review, Columbia Law Review, Fordham Law Review, Harvard Law Review Forum, Michigan Law Review, Minnesota Law Review, New York University Law Review, North Carolina Law Review, Southern California Law Review, Washington University Law Review, and University of California Davis Law Review.

Her books include Immigration and Refugee Law and Policy (8th Ed.) (with Stephen Legomsky, Anil Kalhan and David Thronson) (forthcoming 2022; Property and Identity with Al Brophy and Kali Murray) (forthcoming 2022); Race and Races, Cases and Resources for a Diverse America (3rd Ed.) (with Juan Perea, Richard Delgado, and Osamudia James) (forthcoming 2022); The Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965: Legislating a New America (with Gabriel “Jack” Chin) (Cambridge University Press) 2015) and Loving v. Virginia in a Post-Racial World: Rethinking Race, Sex, and Marriage (with Kevin Maillard) (Cambridge University Press 2012). Dean Cuison-Villazor obtained her LL.M from Columbia Law School and J.D. from American University.