Lopez, Maria P. (mpl2145)

Maria P. Lopez

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Assistant Adjunct Professor - SPA|NOLA

Office Location:

212A Zankel

Ms. María Pabón is an expert in immigrants’ rights (including the education of immigrant children), immigration law and diversity/multicultural matters in the legal profession. She also focuses her research on issues concerning Latinos, race and the law, and the status of women lawyers. She has published articles on topics such as the rights of immigrants in the U.S., Spain’s immigration laws, undocumented workers in the U.S. and Argentina, as well as the impact of immigrant nurses on the nursing shortage in the U.S. She has done research in the areas of family law and inheritance law as it pertains to those who are not U.S. citizens. She has also analyzed U.S. state laws affecting immigrants and hate crimes against immigrants. A prolific author, Ms. Pabón has placed articles in journals such as the Harvard Latino Law Review, the Georgetown Immigration Law Journal, the Hastings Women’s Law Journal and the Seton Hall Law Journal. She has also published articles in Revista Juridica de la Universidad Interamericana and Revista de Derecho de Extranjeria. Her book, Persistent Inequality: Contemporary Realities in The Education of Undocumented Latino/a Children (with Gerardo R. López), was published by Routledge: Taylor and Francis Group in late 2009. Her current research projects are (1) an examination of U.S. and European immigration laws (3) the status of women lawyers in Lousiana, and (3) diversity in the legal profession during the economic downturn. Ms. Pabón is a graduate of the Teacher Preparation Program at Princeton University and has taught numerous courses in the U.S. and abroad. She has taught at Universidad Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid, Spain, lectured at Universidad Latina in Panama, and collaborated with the faculties at Renmin University in China and Universidad Nacional de la Plata in Argentina. She has taught the following courses in her law teaching career: Criminal Law, Family Law, Immigration Law, Professional Responsibility, Trusts and Estates and a seminar on the Rights of Noncitizens.

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