Philip Schrag

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Philip G. Schrag


Philip Schrag J.D., Ph.D. Visiting Professor of Law, Georgetown Law, Director, Center for Applied Legal Studies, Deputy Director, Institute for the Study of International Migration

Areas of Expertise: Clinical Education, Immigration Law, Legal Profession and Professional Ethics


"Professor Schrag teaches Civil Procedure and Professional Responsibility, and he co-directs the Center for Applied Legal Studies, in which students represent refugees from persecution who are seeking asylum in the United States. He served for 21 years as the Director of the Public Interest Law Scholars Program, through which selected law students who plan careers as public interest lawyers receive scholarship grants and special academic enrichment and guidance in that field. Before joining the Law Center faculty in 1981, he was assistant counsel to the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Consumer Advocate of the City of New York, a professor at Columbia University Law School, and Deputy General Counsel of the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, from which he received a Meritorious Honor Award in 1981. Professor Schrag has also had a distinguished and varied career in civic service, which has included positions as a delegate to the District of Columbia Statehood Constitutional Convention in 1982, an editor and consultant on consumer protection during the Carter-Mondale transition, a consultant to the New York State Consumer Protection Board, a consultant to the Governor's Advisory Council of Puerto Rico, and an Academic Specialist for the United States Information Agency in the Czech Republic and Hungary. In addition, he drafted New York City's Consumer Protection Act of 1969. He is also a prolific author, having written dozens of articles on consumer law, nuclear arms control, political asylum, and various other topics for both law journals and popular publications. He is the author of fifteen books, including Reflections on Clinical Legal Education (with Michael Meltsner, 1998), Asylum Denied: A Refugee's Struggle for Safety in America (with David Ngaruri Kenney, 2008); Refugee Roulette: Disparities in Asylum Adjudication and Proposals for Reform (with Jaya Ramji-Nogales and Andrew I. Schoenholtz, 2009); and Lives in the Balance: Asylum Adjudication by the Department of Homeland Security (with Jaya Ramji-Nogales and Andrew I. Schoenholtz, 2014)."[1]

Legal Scholars Endorse California Trust Act

National Day Laborer Organizing Network posted a letter[2] of "legal scholars" who endorsed California's Trust Act.

The letter read in part:

"In practice, we have seen that immigration screening programs in jail tend to increase the likelihood of racial profiling by police, a finding that is supported by the disproportionate impact the “Secure Communities” program has had on Latinos. Given these serious concerns about local enforcement of immigration detainers and the fact that such enforcement is not mandatory, California can and should adopt the sensible protections against blanket enforcement of immigration detainers that are set forth in the TRUST Act. In doing so, it will be a model for the nation as progressive policy makers and communities consider how to respond to anti-immigrant state laws (such as Arizona’s SB 1070 and its progeny) and federal programs that have similar negative consequences for civil rights, trust in law enforcement, and public safety. We urge you to sign this important legislation."[3]

Philip Schrag was one of the signatories.

Council for a Livable World

As at March 12, 2010, Philip Schrag of the Georgetown University Law Centre on the Advisory board of the Council for a Livable World. The Council was founded in 1962 by nuclear physicist Leo Szilard and other scientists. Its purpose is to campaign against the proliferation of nuclear weapons through lobbying and by supporting candidates who share their vision.[4]