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Nicole Hallett is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Law at the University at Buffalo School of Law. She directs the Community Justice Clinic, which represents low-income residents of Buffalo on issues relating to immigration, workers’ rights, civil rights, and housing. She also directs the U.S.-Mexico Border Clinic, which takes students to the border to represent asylum-seekers. Her research focuses on the intersection between immigration, labor, and employment law, specifically how the decline of the labor unions has spawned experimentation by immigrant workers into new forms of organizing, collective bargaining, and worker protection. She is also broadly interested in how law either promotes or impedes collective action and power-building in subordinated communities. In her practice, she specializes in creative lawyering through complex litigation and multi-pronged advocacy.
She was previously a Robert M. Cover Clinical Teaching Fellow at Yale Law School, where she co-taught the Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic. Before coming to Yale, she worked as a staff attorney at the Community Development Project of Urban Justice Center in New York City, where she represented victims of human trafficking and labor exploitation. She was also an adjunct professor at the NYU School of Law in the Community Development and Economic Justice Clinic. After graduating from Yale Law School, she clerked for the Honorable Mark R. Kravitz on the United States District Court of the District of Connecticut and the Honorable Rosemary S. Pooler of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
For more background on Professor Hallett’s work and advocacy, please see Charlie Savage, Testing Novel Power, Trump Administration Detains Palestinian After Sentence Ends, N.Y. Times, Mar. 26, 2019; Liz, Robbins, Owner Was Target, but Restaurant Workers Are Swept Up in Immigration Raids, N.Y. Times, Nov. 11, 2016, and Sarah Maslin Nir, The Price of Nice Nails, N.Y. Times, May 7, 2015.