MORGANTOWN, WEST VIRGINIA — Professor Alison Peck has been appointed director of the Immigration Law Clinic at the West Virginia University College of Law.
“Alison has the background and the passion to ensure that our immigration clinic continues to serve clients in need and provide our students with valuable legal experience,” said Gregory Bowman , dean of the College of Law.
The Immigration Law Clinic serves foreign citizens who are facing deportation, seeking asylum, or need help on other immigration proceedings. Legal services are provided for free by student attorneys working under faculty supervision.
Recent clients of the Immigration Law Clinic include asylum seekers from Honduras, Iraq, Kenya and Libya who faced discrimination or violent persecution for their religious and political beliefs or sexual orientation.
“I look forward to helping clients and continuing the clinic’s important work,” said Peck. “Our efforts have never been more relevant as the national dialogue increasingly focuses on immigration issues that are often misunderstood.”
Peck is a professor of law and serves as director of international programs at the WVU College of Law. She teaches and writes in the areas of environmental, trade, and immigration law.
Prior to teaching, Peck practiced international arbitration and commercial litigation with Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP in Washington, D.C. She also clerked for Judge Jon O. Newman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Judge G. Federico Mancini of the Court of Justice for the European Communities.
Peck earned her J.D. from Yale Law School and LL.M. from the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville.
WVU’s Immigration Law Clinic was founded in 1996 by James Friedberg , the Hale J. and Roscoe P. Posten Professor of Law. The chief supervising attorney for the clinic is Robert Whitehill, a partner with Fox Rothschild in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.