- 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, with Katherine McKenzie, M.D. and P. Preston Reynolds, M.D., Asylum Seekers in a Time of Forced Global Displacement: The Role of Physicians, 34 Journal of General Internal Medicine 137 (2019)
Professor Jon Bauer will appear as a panelist in the Connecticut Bar Foundation program, The Invisible Wall: Obstacles to Due Process in Immigration Cases, on Feb. 19, 2020. The event, which will take place at Eli's on Whitney restaurant in Hamden, Connecticut, also includes Tennyson Benedict, a UConn School of Law JD candidate, as a facilitator. The event will cover the systemic roadblocks to legal citizenship in the United States and the invisible barriers to due process non-citizens face when seeking to overcome them.
Professor Jon Bauer and Professor Valeria Gomez will speak at the Yale School of Medicine’s conference titled Medical Forensic Evaluation of Asylum Seekers: The Role of the Clinician in Documenting Human Rights Abuses on Oct. 5, 2019 in New Haven.