Lauris Wren

Lauris Wren

Clinical Professor and Attorney-in-Charge, Hofstra Asylum Clinic
B.A., Williams College
J.D., Columbia University Law School


Ms. Wren, a Williams College and Columbia University Law School graduate, started the Asylum Clinic at the Maurice A. Deane School of Law. Previously, Ms. 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. Ms. Wren 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 City.

Attempting to assist the victims of human rights abuses abroad as well as domestically, Ms. 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. She worked intensively with immigrant victims of the terrorist attacks in New York and also has assisted immigrant communities affected by special registration and other policies passed in the wake of the terrorist attacks.

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