Nermeen Saba Arastu
Professor Nermeen Arastu is an Associate Professor of Law and the Co-Director of the Immigrant and Non-Citizen Rights Clinic.
Prior to joining CUNY Law’s faculty, Professor Arastu was a litigation associate at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, LLP and a staff attorney at the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund. Through the course of her work at Simpson Thacher, her tenure at AALDEF, and her years teaching in CUNY Law’s Immigrant and Non-Citizen Rights Clinic, Professor Arastu managed an immigration docket which included deportation defense, suppression, asylum, citizenship and green card interviews and various other immigration processes. Additionally, she oversaw monthly immigration clinics in conjunction with various community-based organizations, litigated matters relating to zoning and houses of worship, addressed anti-Muslim bias in the immigration system, and advocated against racial and religious profiling and law enforcement surveillance.
Professor Arastu is especially interested in the discriminatory enforcement of immigration policy based on categories like religion, nationality and class and the dangerous expansion of immigration enforcement in the name of economic and national security. She has written about the impacts of surveillance policies on immigrant communities and, most recently, the impacts of overbroad gang allegations on Latinx communities. While at CUNY she has co-directed the Immigrant and Non-Citizen Rights Clinic and co-taught the Immigration and Citizenship Law Seminar and The CLEAR Project. She is passionate about experiential learning and is especially interested in further developing experiential tie-ins with doctrinal seminars, and connecting INRC with the first and second curriculum.
She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School and the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and has a soft spot for Carolina blue skies, southern sweet tea, and the cobble-stone lined streets of Philadelphia.