- 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 with James H. Stark and James Papillo, Directiveness in Clinical Supervision, 3 Boston University Public Interest Law Journal 35 (1993)
On June 14, 2019, Professor Jon Bauer was presented with a Law Enforcement Award by U.S. Attorney John Durham at the U.S. Attorney’s annual awards ceremony, held 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.
Professor Jon Bauer, director of the Asylum and Human Rights Clinic at UConn School of Law, has been named a finalist for the Connecticut Law Tribune's 2019 Attorney of the Year award. The other two finalists are Dana R. Burcin of Murtha Cullina and Moy N. Ogilvie of McCarter & English. The winner will be announced at the Connecticut Legal Awards Dinner on May 16, 2019.
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.