Jennifer M. Chacón is a Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law. She was previously 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 author of an immigration law textbook and of numerous articles, book chapters and essays discussing immigration, criminal law, constitutional law and citizenship issues. Her research has been funded by the Russell Sage Foundation and the National Science Foundation.
Professor Chacón is the Chair of the American Association of Law School’s Section on Immigration. She is also a member of the American Law Institute, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Rules Committee, the Advisory Committee of the American Bar Foundation’s “Future of Latinos in the U.S.” project, the University of Oxford Border Criminologies Advisory Group, and the New York City Bar Association. 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 of 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 holds a J.D. from Yale Law School and an A.B. in International Relations from Stanford University.