Jon Bauer

Clinical Professor of Law and Richard D. Tulisano '69 Scholar in Human Rights
Headshot of Professor Bauer.
Office: Hosmer 329
  • Asylum and Refugee Law
  • Immigration Law
  • Employment and Housing Discrimination
  • Legal Ethics

Jon Bauer co-founded and currently directs the Law School’s Asylum and Human Rights Clinic, a program through which law students represent refugees who have fled from persecution and are seeking asylum in the United States. Since its founding in 2002, the Asylum and Human Rights Clinic has won grants of asylum or other forms of relief from removal for nearly 100 clients and their families. Professor Bauer, a Yale Law school graduate, has been teaching and supervising students in the Law School’s clinical programs since 1988, when he joined the faculty after four years as a staff attorney with the Legal Action Center, a public interest law firm in New York City. His teaching also has included courses in employment discrimination law, evidence and Wal-Mart, as well as clinics in the areas of poverty law, civil rights, human rights and mediation. In addition, he serves as a faculty affiliate at UConn’s Human Rights Institute and its Institute of Latina/o, Caribbean, and Latin American Studies.

Professor Bauer’s scholarly writing includes a study of discrimination against people with disabilities in the bar admissions process, an article about secret settlements and lawyers' ethics, and a co-authored article (with Law School Professor James H. Stark) on clinical pedagogy that has been included in the Clinical Legal Education Association’s bibliography of basic reading for new clinical teachers. When not in the classroom or court, Professor Bauer dedicates much of his time to public service, having served on the boards of the Connecticut Fair Housing Center, Connecticut Legal Services and the Connecticut Legal Rights Project and as a James Cooper Fellow of the Connecticut Bar Foundation. In 2010, he was presented with the ADA Groundbreaker Award by the Americans with Disabilities Act Coalition of Connecticut.

Jon Bauer (with Patrick Malone), Unethical Secret Settlements: Just Say No, Trial (September, 2010)
Jon Bauer, Buying Witness Silence: Evidence-Suppressing Settlements and Lawyers' Ethics,87 Or. L. Rev. 481(2008)
Jon Bauer, Mental Health and Political Asylum, Connecticut Psychiatrist, vol. 46, no. 4 (Fall 2006)
Jon, Bauer, The Character of the Questions and the Fitness of the Process: Mental Health, Bar Admissions and the Americans With Disabilities Act, 49 UCLA Law Rev. 93 (2001)
Clinic Case: Vumi v. Gonzales, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit, 502 F.3d 150 (2d Cir. 2007)
In a case that Professor Bauer argued in the U.S. Court of Appeals, the court issued a decision, written by the Honorable Guido Calabresi, that established important principles concerning persecution based on political opinion and familial status. The case has been frequently cited in other decisions.