Jennifer M. Chacón

Jennifer M. Chacón is a Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law.  She was previously a Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law, and the Chancellor’s Professor of Law, and the Senior Associate Dean for Administration at the University of California, Irvine, School of Law.  She is the co-author of the immigration law textbook Immigration Law and Social Justice, and the coauthor of a forthcoming book on the impact of shifting immigration policies on immigrant communities and organizations in Southern California from 2014 to 2017.  She has written dozens of articles, book chapters, and essays on immigration, criminal law, constitutional law, and citizenship issues.  Her research has been funded by the Russell Sage Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and the University of California.

Professor Chacón is the immediate past Chair of the American Association of Law School’s Section on Immigration.  She is also a member of the American Law Institute and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Rules Committee.  She has served on the Advisory Committee of the American Bar Foundation’s “Future of Latinos in the U.S.” project and the University of Oxford Border Criminologies Advisory Group.  She is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation (ABF) and serves on the ABF Board of Directors.  She was the Convenor of the Immigration Policy Advisory Committee to then-Senator Barack Obama during his 2008 presidential campaign and an outside advisor to the Immigration Transition Team of President-Elect Barack Obama from November 2008 through January 2009.

Professor Chacόn was an associate at the New York law firm of Davis Polk and Wardwell after clerking for the Honorable Sidney R. Thomas of the Ninth Circuit (1998-1999).  She began her career in law teaching at the U.C. Davis School of Law, where she received the Distinguished Teaching Award in 2009.  She has also held appointments as a Visiting Professor of Law at Stanford Law School (2015-2016) and at Harvard Law School (2014-2015).  She has received student-sponsored teaching awards from her students at Harvard Law School and the UCLA School of Law.  She holds a J.D. from Yale Law School and an A.B. in International Relations from Stanford University.


A.B. with Distinction, Stanford University (1994)
J.D., Yale Law School (1998)