Deborah Anker

Author: Deborah Anker

Deborah Anker is Clinical Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and Director of the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program. Author of the leading treatise, Law of Asylum in the United States, Professor Anker has co-drafted groundbreaking gender asylum guidelines and amicus curiae briefs. She is cited frequently by international and domestic courts and tribunals, including the United States Supreme Court. Anker is a pioneer in the development of clinical legal education in the immigration field, training students and creating a foundation for clinics at law schools across the United States. She is on the advisory board of and is a senior researcher for the Refugee Law Initiative. Deborah has received numerous awards including the Elmer Fried Excellence in Teaching Award from the American Immigration Lawyers’ Association (AILA), the AILA Founder’s Award for the Women’s Refugees Project, and the AILA Edith Lowenstein Memorial Award for excellence in advancing the practice of immigration law. She has also received the CARECEN Award from the Central American Refugee Center and the Massachusetts Governor’s New American Appreciation Award. Anker was designated a Woman of Justice by the Massachusetts Bar Association, and in 2011, she was elected as a Fellow to the American Bar Foundation.