Jon Bauer

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

Jon Bauer directs the Law School’s Asylum and Human Rights Clinic, a program in which law students, supervised by Clinic faculty, represent refugees who have fled persecution and are seeking asylum in the United States. Since the program’s founding in 2002, it has won grants of asylum or related forms of relief for well over 100 clients and their families. Professor Bauer, a Yale Law School graduate, has been teaching and supervising students since 1988, when he joined the UConn 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, refugee law, immigration and workplace rights, evidence, and a course about Wal-Mart, as well as clinics in the areas of civil rights, poverty law, and mediation.

Professor Bauer’s scholarly writing includes studies of multiple nationality and refugees, the ethical implications of secret settlements, and discrimination against people with disabilities in the bar admissions process. An article on clinical pedagogy he co-authored with Professor James H. Stark has been included in the Clinical Legal Education Association’s bibliography of basic reading for new clinical teachers. When not in the classroom or in court, Professor Bauer dedicates much of his time to public service. He is a board member and past president of the Connecticut Fair Housing Center, and has served on the boards of several other legal services organizations.  In 2015, the Connecticut Bar Association presented him with the Tapping Reeve Legal Educator Award for his contributions to legal education and the legal profession, and in 2016 he received a civil rights “Leaders and Legends” award from the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities.

Jon Bauer, Multiple Nationality and Refugees, 47 Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law (2014)

Jon Bauer, Buying Witness Silence: Evidence-Suppressing Settlements and Lawyers' Ethics,87 Or. L. Rev. 481(2008)
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)

Jon Bauer with James H. Stark and James Papillo, Directiveness in Clinical Supervision, 3 Boston University Public Interest Law Journal 35 (1993)

Jon Bauer (with Patrick Malone), Unethical Secret Settlements: Just Say No, Trial (September, 2010)
Jon Bauer, Mental Health and Political Asylum, Connecticut Psychiatrist, vol. 46, no. 4 (Fall 2006)
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.
Recent Faculty Notes
Jon Bauer to Speak on Trauma-Informed Justice
Oct 19, 2018 -

Professor Jon Bauer will speak on October 26, 2018 at a symposium entitled "Trauma-Informed Justice" at the Quinnipiac School of Law in North Haven, Connecticut. Bauer served on the committee that organized the event and will take part in a panel discussion about working with expert witnesses on the psychological impacts of trauma. The symposium is sponsored by The Connecticut Bar Foundation James W. Cooper Fellows, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges and Quinnipiac School of Law.

Jon Bauer Speaks at Immigration Scholars Workshop
May 25, 2018 -

Professor Jon Bauer spoke on the topic "Reconsidering the U.S. Approach to Asylum Based on Past Persecution" at Drexel University in Philadelphia on May 25, 2018, at the Immigration Law Scholars and Teachers Workshop.

Jon Bauer Speaks at MLK Event
May 2, 2018 -

Professor Jon Bauer spoke about the social justice work of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and how it relates to current immigration issues at a community conversation entitled "MLK's Legacy: The Dream. The Reality. The Future." The event, sponsored by the Glastonbury Martin Luther King Community Initiative, was held April 18, 2018, at the Riverfront Community Center in Glastonbury, Connecticut.

Recent In The Media
Jon Bauer in Daily Journal: 'Private Crime' Doesn't Meet Asylum Criteria, Sessions Says (Jun 12, 2018)
Jon Bauer in Daily Journal: US wants briefs in case that questions asylum eligibility (May 16, 2018)