2.08.2007

Meet Jennifer Chacón: Law Professor, Blogger, Latina

Jennifer Chacón is one of three law professors from University of California, Davis, School of Law serving as editors of ImmigrationProf Blog. In just two years of existence, Immigration Prof Blog has become the single most important source in the blogosphere for news and commentary on immigration and the law.

In her 9-5 job, Professor Chacón teaches Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure and Immigration Law at the Law School. Here research interests include: criminal procedure, criminal law and immigration law.

In her bio she says, "Identifying the conduct that is criminalized within a society and determining the manner in which that society chooses to protect its criminally accused and those convicted of crimes provides an interesting way to assess the nature and strength of that society's commitment to democratic institutions. My research interests center upon the nexus of criminal law and procedure and more general issues of citizenship. I hope to contribute to the scholarship that both examines and advances the quest to build more perfect democracies, protective of the rights of all people."

Professor Chacón was awarded her J.D. from Yale Law School. After graduation, she served as a law clerk to the Honorable Sidney R. Thomas, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. From 1999-2003, she was an attorney with Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York City.