Faculty and Administration


Lauris Wren
Clinical Professor of Law, Maurice A. Deane School of Law

Lauris Wren started the Political Asylum Clinic (now known as the Asylum Clinic) at Hofstra Law. Through the clinic, students represent applicants for asylum — people who have fled their countries because of persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group.

Previously, Professor Wren was the director of the Refugee Assistance Program at the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, where she recruited, trained and supervised pro bono attorneys in the representation of immigrants applying for political asylum.

She also worked for several years at the Central American Refugee Center (CARECEN) in Hempstead, New York, representing Central Americans in political asylum and cancellation of removal cases, as well as with the Criminal Appeals Bureau of the Legal Aid Society in New York, New York. She has been honored by CARECEN for her “deep commitment and dedicated work on behalf of immigrants and refugees” and by Nassau County for “significant contributions for the enhancement of our region and the betterment of our residents.”

Attempting to assist the victims of human rights abuses abroad as well as domestically, Professor Wren has worked with many human rights organizations in Mexico and Central America and has participated in human rights missions in various areas of the world.


Steven Richman, Director of Global Initiatives
Steven.Richman@hofstra.edu | 516-463-0417

Samantha Hankins, Assistant Director of International Law Programs and International Affairs
Samantha.Hankins@hofsra.edu | 516-463-5270

Joanne Masci, Senior Support Specialist
Joanne.Masci@hofstra.edu | 516-463-4547


Please direct all inquiries about the program to internationalprograms@hofstra.edu or 516-463-4547.