Staff

  • Michael Kagan, Director

    Prof. Kagan is a noted scholar of international refugee law and immigrant rights in the United States. Before coming to Boyd in 2011, Prof. Michael Kagan spent 10 years building legal aid programs for refugees throughout the Middle East and Asia. In addition to directing the UNLV Immigration Clinic, he has consulted on hundreds of criminal cases involving non-citizens with the Clark County Public Defender. Visit Prof. Kagan's faculty page for more about his scholarship and teaching.

  • Arléne Amarante, Legal Fellow

    Arléne Amarante, Esq., is a first generation American with roots in Durango, Mexico. She grew up in Las Vegas and graduated from UNLV with a B.A. in English and obtained her J.D. from Nova Southeastern University. Ms. Amarante began her career as an immigration attorney in the Domestic Violence Unit of the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada and went on to found and serve as the Executive Director of the Immigrant Justice Initiative, a Nevada nonprofit organization dedicated to providing removal defense for the immigrant community. In the Fall of 2016, Ms. Amarante designed and taught a course on race and the law for the Sociology Department at UNLV, and co-taught a course in Womenʼs Studies on race, class and gender. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Social Justice and Community Action at the University of Edinburgh.

  • Laura Barrera, Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow

    Laura Barrera, Esq., has a B.A. in philosophy and French from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from Wayne State University Law School. As an attorney, Ms. Barrera primarily represents unaccompanied immigrant children in removal proceedings in Immigration Court as well as with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Her focus is in Special Immigrant Juvenile petitions and asylum cases. She also speaks French and Spanish.