In 2005, Professor Uchimiya joined the College of Law faculty. She brought to the College significant practice experience, as well as clinical law teaching experience. She practiced immigration law for over ten years—eight in private practice and two as an Advocacy Fellow/Advising Attorney with the Center for Applied Legal Studies (CALS) at the Georgetown University Law Center. In private practice, she represented non-citizens in a variety of cases before the Immigration and Naturalization Service, the Department of Homeland Security, the Immigration Court, the Board of Immigration Appeals, and the Federal Courts. At CALS, she co-taught the classroom component of the asylum clinic and advised case teams in all aspects of client representation.
Professor Uchimiya founded the Justice and Immigration Clinic (JIC) at La Verne Law in January 2008. Through the JIC, students work in pairs to represent an asylum applicant in an asylum case either before the Asylum Office or the Immigration Court. Students develop skills from the client interview, fact investigation, legal research, affidavit and brief writing, and oral advocacy to the asylum applicant’s interview before the Asylum Office or before the Immigration Court.
Professor Uchimiya has authored articles regarding right to counsel in immigration court proceedings, fraud issues in asylum, and gang-based asylum cases (publication pending). In addition, she has participated in pro bono trainings and presentations in the community. She is a member of the State Bar of California and the District of Columbia and is admitted to the United States Supreme Court. She has been a longstanding member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.
- LL.M., Georgetown University Law Center
- J.D., University of California, Hastings
- B.A., University of California, Los Angeles
- Falling Through the Cracks: Gang Victims Becoming Casualties in Current Asylum Jurisprudence, 23 BERKELEY LA RAZA L.J. 109 (2013).
- A Blackstone’s Ratio for Asylum: Fighting Fraud While Preserving Procedural Due Process for Asylum Seekers, 26 PENN. ST. INT’L L. REV. 2 (2007).
- Rachel D. Settlage, Affirmatively Denied: The Detrimental Effects of a Reduced Grant Rate for Affirmative Asylum Seekers, 27 B.U. INT’L L.J. 61, 96 n.189 (2009).
- Ying Chen, China’s One-child Policy and Its Violations of Women’s and Children’s Rights, 22 N.Y. INT’L L. REV. 1, 36 n.191 (2009).
- Scott Rempell, Credibility Assessments and the REAL ID Act’s Amendments to Immigration Law, 44 Tex. Int’l L.J. 185, 188 n.14 (2008).
- Arizona Immigration Law Sacrifices Public Safety, The Daily Journal, op-ed, April 27, 2010, at 5.
- Rethinking Asylum for German Homeschoolers, The Daily Journal, op-ed, March 10, 2010, at 5.
- a long way gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier (book review), 29 U. La Verne L. Rev. 179 (2008).
- Saving Sanctuary, The Press Enterprise, op-ed, August 26, 2006.
- Malea Kiblan and Diane Uchimiya, The Right to Counsel in Immigration Matters, 2 Immigration & Nationality Law Handbook 376 (Auerbach, Randy P. et al eds., American Immigration Lawyers Association 2003-2004).
Conferences, Presentations, Trainings, and Workshops
- “Impact Litigation: Social Engineering in Practice,” panel presentation (scheduled), Southeast Southwest People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference, February 28, 2014.
- “Practicum Development,” Joint Presentation, University of La Verne College of Law, February 19, 2014.
- “Tips and Strategies for Teaching the (Survey) Immigration Law Course,” panel presentation, Immigration Law Teacher’s Workshop, Hofstra University, June 1, 2012.
- “Falling Through the Cracks: Gang Victims Becoming Casualties in Current Asylum Jurisprudence,” presenter of work-in-progress, Immigration Law Teacher’s Workshop, Hofstra University, June 1, 2012.
- “Falling Through the Cracks: Gang Victims Becoming Casualties in Current Asylum Jurisprudence,” presenter of work-in-progress, Southern California Junior Faculty Forum at Loyola Marymount, Los Angeles, CA May 17, 2011.
- “Diversity/Inclusivity,” panel presentation, University of La Verne President’s Inauguration, La Verne, CA, October 28, 2011.
- “Current Asylum Jurisprudence in Gang-based Asylum Cases,” presenter of work-in-progress, Southern California Junior Faculty Forum at Loyola Marymount, Los Angeles, CA May 17, 2011.
- “Immigration as an Identity-Based Social Movement: the Role of Immigration Lawyers Within the Movement—Giving a Voice to the Immigrants,” presenter of work-in-progress, Clinical Law Review Workshop, New York University, New York, NY, October 2-3, 2010.
- “Know Your Rights,” co-presenter, Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, Ontario, CA, September 10, 2010.
- “Representing Immigrants in Removal Proceedings,” trainer/panelist, Continuing Legal Education Training Series, Esperanza Immigrants Rights Project and O’Melveny & Meyers, LLP, Los Angeles, CA, July 9, and August 13, 2010.
- “The Justice and Immigration Clinic,” panelist, Inns of Court, Santa Barbara, CA July 7, 2010.
- “Immigration and Labor,” panelist, Immigration & Acculturation Symposium, International Studies Institute, University of La Verne, La Verne, CA, April 28, 2010.
- “En/Countering Stereotypes in Immigration Symposium,” panelist, University of La Verne College of Law, Ontario, CA, February 2010.
“Immigration Issues and Practice,” panelist, Hispanic National Bar Association, University of La Verne College of Law, October 30, 2008.
- California Bar Association, member # 168543, 1993-present
- Washington, DC Bar Association, member # 447184, 1995-present
- Clinical Legal Education Association, member 2007-2008, 2010-present
- American Immigration Lawyer’s Association, member # 9905, 1994-present
- Los Angeles County Bar Association, member 2010-present Asian Pacific American Bar Association, member 2007-08, 2012
- Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, Volunteer Attorney for Immigration Consultations, Ontario, CA, August 10, 2013.
- DREAM-Orange County, Volunteer Attorney, Santa Ana, CA Assisted with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Workshops 2012 Catholic Charities, Volunteer Attorney, Los Angeles, CA, 2010 Assisted with pro bono training.
- Neighborhood Legal Services, Volunteer Attorney, El Monte, CA, 2006-2008 Provided legal advice and supervised student volunteers periodically.