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 and Valeria Gomez to Speak at Yale School of Medicine Conference
Oct 4, 2019 -

Professor Jon Bauer and Professor Valeria Gomez will speak at the Yale School of Medicine’s conference titled Medical Forensic Evalauation of Asylum Seekers: The Role of the Clinician in Documenting Human Rights Abuses on Oct. 5, 2019 in New Haven. 

Jon Bauer to Speak at NARPA Annual Rights Conference
Sep 10, 2019 -

Professor Jon Bauer will speak at the Annual Rights Conference of the National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy in Hartford on September 20, 2019. He will take part in a panel entitled, “What’s Mental Health Got to Do with It? Let’s Discuss Bar Admissions Questions."

Jon Bauer Receives Law Enforcement Award
Jun 12, 2019 -

On June 14, 2019, Professor Jon Bauer was presented with a Law Enforcement Award by John Durham '75, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, at a ceremony at at City Hall in New Haven. Bauer was recognized for his assistance to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in its investigation of disability discrimination in the Connecticut bar admissions process, which resulted in a resolution agreement that eliminated mental health inquiries from the Connecticut bar application form. Read more ...

Recent In The Media
Jon Bauer in Connecticut Law Tribune: Addressing Mental Health and Stigma in the Legal Profession (Aug 19, 2019)
Jon Bauer in Bloomberg: Calif. Proposal Would Prohibit Bar from Seeking Mental Health Info (Jun 18, 2019)