Enid F. Trucios-Haynes

Professor of Law

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Professor Enid Trucios-Haynes joined the faculty at the Brandeis School of Law in 1993.  She is a nationally recognized scholar in immigration law and she has been in the field for more than twenty-five years.  Professor Trucios-Haynes’ teaching focus is in constitutional law, immigration law, international law, and race and the law with an emphasis on issues affecting Latinos.  Professor Trucios-Haynes was the founder and director of the Brandeis School of Law Immigration Mini-Clinic (1998-2000), a pilot project and the only live-client clinical experience available to students at that time.   Professor Trucios-Haynes served as Associate Dean of Academic Affairs for the Brandeis School of Law from 2004-2007. 


Professor Trucios-Haynes graduated from Stanford Law School where she served as Associate Editor of the Stanford Law Review, Co-President of Women of Stanford Law and a member of the Stanford Latino Law Students Association.  Her legal experience includes volunteer service at the Kingston Legal Aid Clinic in Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies, which she acquired during a “semester abroad” work-study program while attending Stanford Law School, as well as participation in the inaugural year of the school’s Immigration Law Clinic.  After graduation, Professor Trucios-Haynes worked in the litigation department of Rosenman & Colin (now Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP) in New York, New York.  Professor Trucios-Haynes practiced immigration and nationality law exclusively as a Senior Associate at the law firm of Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, the largest immigration law firm worldwide, where she represented Fortune 500 companies and high-net-worth individuals including Sir Paul McCartney and his band during his 1992 World Tour.


Professor Trucios-Haynes has received numerous awards during her career at Brandeis School of Law including the 2012 Distinguished University Award in Service, the 2012 Richard and Constance Lewis Fellows Award, University of Louisville 2001 Award for Exemplary Multicultural Teaching, the Brandeis School of Law Alumni Teaching Excellence Award (2001), and the Ann Oldfather Fellowship for Public Service in 1998, among others.   Professor Trucios-Haynes serves on the Metro Louisville Ethics Commission by appointment.  She serves as Vice Chair of the board of the ACLU of Kentucky and on its Executive and Litigation Review Committees, and as Secretary of the board of the Hispanic-Latino Coalition of Louisville. She serves in a leadership capacity in a number of University of Louisville committees including the University Community Engagement Steering Committee, the Faculty Senate and its Executive Committee, the Faculty Senate Redbook Committee, and the Latin American and Latino Studies Program Steering Group. 


Professor Trucios-Haynes is a regular speaker on immigration issues and is active in local immigrant rights organizations.  She directs an Immigration Externship at Brandeis School of Law, as well as a Public Service Placement which is affiliated with National Immigrant Justice Center.  She leads teams of volunteers including law students, local immigration attorneys and local volunteers from religious and other community organizations to conduct  “Know Your Rights” Presentations at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Detention Center at the Boone County Jail in Boone County, Kentucky.   


National Immigrant Justice Center “Know Your Rights” Presentations

This is a public service opportunity for students and local community volunteers interested in immigration law.  Professor Trucios-Haynes and a recent UofL Law alumna and local immigration attorney, Becca O’Neill, lead teams of volunteers on monthly visits to the Boone County Jail where immigration detainees are held in the custody of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) bureau of the Department of Homeland Security.  “Know Your Rights” presentations are conducted for approximately 200-plus detainees during each visit, and individual in-take interviews are conducted for each detainee.  

This work is coordinated by Detention Project of the Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC).  The Detention Project provides legal orientation and representation to immigrant adults and children held by ICE in immigration detention.  These presentations explain to detained immigrants what their rights are under U.S. immigration law.  Information packets are provided to each detainee so he or she may understand the process and, if necessary, represent themselves during immigration proceedings.  During these visits, detained individuals meet one-on-one with volunteers.  Information gathered from these interviews is reviewed by NIJC, and individual detainees may obtain legal representation for their immigration case by attorneys with the NIJC.

The Boone County Jail visits occur on the third Friday of every month, led by Becca O’Neill and/or Professor Enid Trucios-Haynes.   In order to attend the visits to the Boone County Jail, volunteers must attend one training session before their first visit.  These training sessions are held at the law school the evening before each visit.  Volunteers only need to attend one training and then may go to Boone County Jail as often as possible.  Individuals with language skills are highly desired, but volunteers who only speak English are welcome to attend.  Once you have taken the training, you will receive a monthly email reminding participants in the Boone County Jail Detention Project of upcoming visits and trainings.

Volunteers interested in participating should contact Becca O’Neill, oneill@oneillimmigrationlaw.com, for information about training sessions and visits to Boone County Jail. The jail will only admit volunteers whose names are on the list.  


Courses Taught

Constitutional Law I
Constitutional Law II
Race and the Law
Immigration Law
Selected Topics in Immigration Law

International Law
Regulatory Law and Policy
Administrative Law


The Rhetoric of Colorblind Constitutionalism: Individualism, Race and Public Schools in Louisville, Kentucky (co-author with Cedric Merlin Powell), symposium, __112 Penn State L. Rev. __ (forthcoming 2008)

From The Ground Up, co-authored with Cedric Merlin Powell ___ Penn State L. Rev. ___ (publication pending 2008).

Understanding Immigration Law, co-authored with Kevin R. Johnson, Bill Ong Hing and Raquel Aldana (Matthew Bender, publication pending 2008).

Mastering Equal Protection (Carolina Academic Press, publication pending 2008).

Civil Rights, Latinos and Immigration: Cybercascades and Other Distortions in the Immigration Reform Debate, 44 Brandeis Law Journal 637 (Spring 2006).

Denaturalization, The Encyclopedia of American Civil Liberties (publication pending 2006)

The Rhetoric of Reform: Non-Citizen Workers in the United States 29 Southern Illinois University Law Review 43 (Fall 2004/Winter 2005).

Temporary Workers and Future Immigration Policy Conflicts: Protecting U.S. workers and Satisfying the Demand for Global Human Capital, 40 Brandeis Law Journal 967 (2002).

Why "Race Matters:" LatCrit Theory and Latino/a Racial Identity in Race, Ethnicity, Gender and Human Rights in the Americas: A New Paradigm for Activism (Celina Romany ed., 2001).

LatCrit Theory, Critical Race Theory and the Politics of Latino/a Racial Identity, 12 La Raza Law Journal 1 (2000).

Part I: The New Exclusion Provisions under the 1996 Amendments to the Immigration and Nationality Act, co-authored with Lois Gimpel Shaukat, 1998 Immigration Briefings (Jan. 1998).

Part II: The New Exclusion Provisions under the 1996 Amendments to the Immigration and Nationality Act, co-authored with Lois Gimpel Shaukat, 1998 Immigration Briefings (Feb. 1998).

"Family Values" 1990s Style: U.S. Immigration Reform Proposals and the Abandonment of the Family, 36 Brandeis Journal of Family Law 241 (1997-98).

Lawyering for Justice and Fairness: Legal Education in an Age of Diversity, (publication pending as part of an anthology of female faculty at the University of Louisville).

LatCrit Theory and International Civil and Political Rights: The Role of Transnational Identity and Migration, 28 InterAmerican L.Rev. 293 (1997).

The Legacy of Racially Restrictive Immigration Laws and Policies, and the Construction of the American National Identity, 76 Ore.L.Rev. 369 (1997).

Latinos/as In the Mix: Applying Gotanda's Models of Racial Classification and Racial Stratification, 4 Asian L.J. 39 (1997).

"Immigrating to the United States - Generally," in Immigration Law and Procedure, Chapter 131, (Matthew Bender, April 1996).

Public Sentiment and Congressional Response: 15 Years of Immigration Policymaking, 73 Interpreter Releases 469-475 (April 15, 1996) (co-authored with Honorable Romano L. Mazzoli, former Congressional Representative from Kentucky).

National Interest Waivers, 1995 Immigration Briefings (June 1995).

Religion and Immigration & Nationality Law: Using Old Saws on New Bones, 9 Georgetown Immigration L.J. 1 (Winter 1995).

Training Visas in the United States (co-authored with Ethan Kaufman), 1993 Immigr. Brief. 1-35 (May 1993) (distributed at the American Immigration Lawyers Association's Annual Conference held in Toronto, Canada in June 1993).
















February 2010 --  Co-presented "Teachers of the Law" at UofL's College of Arts and Sciences' Saturday Academy on February 27.

January 2008 -- AALS Annual Meeting 2008 – Panel Member, Community, Diversity and Equal Protection: The Louisville and Seattle School Cases, Panel sponsored by the Law & Communitarian Studies group and co-sponsored by Sections on Civil Rights and Minority Groups (New York, N.Y.)

October 2007 -- Panel Moderator, “Challenges Facing New and Established Latino Communities: A Dialogue” Elaine Chao Auditorium, University of Louisville.

January 2006 -- Mid-Atlantic People of Color Conference, Panel II - Citizenship, Prosecution and Race.

July 2006 -- Southeastern Association of American Law Schools (SEAALS) - Panel on the Roberts Court.

February 2005 -- Mid-Atlantic People of Color Conference, Panel II - Immigration & civil Rights

January 2005 -- AALS Annual Meeting, Panel sponsored by Immigration Law Section & Labor Law Section on Guestworker Programs.

October 2004 -- University of Louisville, Celebration of Teaching & Learning Conference.

March 2004 -- Immigration Matters Symposium at Southern Illinois School of Law.

Reed Lecture, March 2002: Stanley Reed Address at Kentucky Wesleyan College, March 26, 2002 on "Terrorism and Immigration Issues."

October 2001 - Immigration Conference at the University of Louisville presentation on "Immigration Issues in Greater Louisville."