Enid F. Trucios-Haynes

Professor of Law


Professor Enid Trucios-Haynes joined the faculty at the Brandeis School of Law in 1993. She is a nationally recognized scholar in immigration law and she has been in the field for more than 30 years. Professor Trucios-Haynes teaches constitutional law, immigration law, international law and race and the law. Her research and scholarship focuses on immigration law, constitutional law and race and the law with an emphasis on issues affecting Latinos. Professor Trucios-Haynes was the founder and director of the Brandeis School of Law Immigration Mini-Clinic (1998-2000), a pilot project and the only live-client clinical experience available to students at that time. Professor Trucios-Haynes served as Associate Dean of Academic Affairs for the Brandeis School of Law from 2004-2007.

Since Fall 2014, Professor Trucios-Haynes has been the Interim Director of the Muhammad Ali Institute for Peace and Justice, a diversity unit within the Office of the Vice Provost for Diversity and International Affairs. She is the Co-Principal Investigator for a 21st Century Research Innovation Grant to create the Cooperative Consortium for Transdisciplinary Social Justice Research, which she has co-directed since January 2017. Professor Trucios-Haynes is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Brandeis Human Rights Advocacy Program, which was established in Spring 2014 and focuses on immigrant, noncitizen and refugee rights. From 2016-2018, Professor Trucios-Haynes served as the Chair of the Faculty Senate, the elected representative of the faculty of the University of Louisville, and as a Trustee of the University of Louisville. From 2010 to 2016, she served as the University’s Faculty Grievance Officer

Professor Trucios-Haynes graduated from Stanford Law School where she served as Associate Editor of the Stanford Law Review, Co-President of Women of Stanford Law and a member of the Stanford Latino Law Students Association. Her legal experience includes volunteer service at the Kingston Legal Aid Clinic in Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies, which she acquired during a "semester abroad" work-study program while attending Stanford Law School, as well as participation in the inaugural year of the school’s Immigration Law Clinic.

After graduation, Professor Trucios-Haynes worked in the litigation and real estate departments of Rosenman & Colin (now Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP) in New York, New York. Professor Trucios-Haynes practiced immigration and nationality law as a Senior Associate at the law firm of Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP, the largest immigration law firm worldwide, where she represented Fortune 500 companies and high-net-worth individuals including Sir Paul McCartney and his band during his 1992 World Tour.

Professor Trucios-Haynes has received numerous awards during her career at Brandeis School of Law including the 2012 Distinguished University Award in Service, the 2012 Richard and Constance Lewis Fellows Award, University of Louisville 2001 Award for Exemplary Multicultural Teaching, the Brandeis School of Law Alumni Teaching Excellence Award (2001) and the Ann Oldfather Fellowship for Public Service in 1998, among others.

Professor Trucios-Haynes serves on the Metro Louisville Ethics Commission by appointment. She served as President of the board of the ACLU of Kentucky from 2013 to 2016, and continues to serve on its Executive and Litigation Program Committees. She also is the co-President of the board of the Hispanic-Latino Coalition of Louisville, and a member of the board of directors for La Casita Center. She serves in a leadership capacity in a number of University of Louisville committees including the Campus Climate Committee of the Commission on Diversity and Equity, and the Latin American and Latino Studies Program Steering Group.

Professor Trucios-Haynes is a regular speaker on immigration issues and is active in local immigrant rights organizations. She directs an Immigration Externship at Brandeis School of Law, as well as an immigration public service placement in the Samuel L. Greenebaum Public Service Program. This placement involves "Know Your Rights" presentations which offer an opportunity for students and community volunteers who are interested in immigration law. Professor Trucios-Haynes leads the team of volunteers on monthly visits to the Boone County Jail where immigration detainees are held in the custody of the ICE bureau of the Department of Homeland Security. The work is coordinated by the Detention Project of the Heartland Alliance's National Immigrant Justice Center.

Administrative Law

Constitutional Law I and II

Immigration Law

International Law

Race and the Law

Regulatory Law and Policy

Selected Topics in Immigration Law

The Rhetoric of Colorblind Constitutionalism: Individualism, Race and Public Schools in Louisville, Kentucky (co-author with Cedric Merlin Powell), symposium, __112 Penn State L. Rev. __ (forthcoming 2008)

From The Ground Up, co-authored with Cedric Merlin Powell ___ Penn State L. Rev. ___ (publication pending 2008).

Understanding Immigration Law, co-authored with Kevin R. Johnson, Bill Ong Hing and Raquel Aldana (Matthew Bender, publication pending 2008).

Mastering Equal Protection (Carolina Academic Press, publication pending 2008).

Civil Rights, Latinos and Immigration: Cybercascades and Other Distortions in the Immigration Reform Debate, 44 Brandeis Law Journal 637 (Spring 2006).

Denaturalization, The Encyclopedia of American Civil Liberties (publication pending 2006)

The Rhetoric of Reform: Non-Citizen Workers in the United States, 29 Southern Illinois University Law Review 43 (Fall 2004/Winter 2005).

Temporary Workers and Future Immigration Policy Conflicts: Protecting U.S. workers and Satisfying the Demand for Global Human Capital, 40 Brandeis Law Journal 967 (2002).

Why "Race Matters:" LatCrit Theory and Latino/a Racial Identity in Race, Ethnicity, Gender and Human Rights in the Americas: A New Paradigm for Activism (Celina Romany ed., 2001).

LatCrit Theory, Critical Race Theory and the Politics of Latino/a Racial Identity, 12 La Raza Law Journal 1 (2000).

Part I: The New Exclusion Provisions under the 1996 Amendments to the Immigration and Nationality Act, co-authored with Lois Gimpel Shaukat, 1998 Immigration Briefings (Jan. 1998).

Part II: The New Exclusion Provisions under the 1996 Amendments to the Immigration and Nationality Act, co-authored with Lois Gimpel Shaukat, 1998 Immigration Briefings (Feb. 1998).

"Family Values" 1990s Style: U.S. Immigration Reform Proposals and the Abandonment of the Family, 36 Brandeis Journal of Family Law 241 (1997-98).

Lawyering for Justice and Fairness: Legal Education in an Age of Diversity, (publication pending as part of an anthology of female faculty at the University of Louisville).

LatCrit Theory and International Civil and Political Rights: The Role of Transnational Identity and Migration, 28 InterAmerican L. Rev. 293 (1997).

The Legacy of Racially Restrictive Immigration Laws and Policies, and the Construction of the American National Identity, 76 Ore. L. Rev. 369 (1997).

Latinos/as In the Mix: Applying Gotanda's Models of Racial Classification and Racial Stratification, 4 Asian L. J. 39 (1997).

Immigrating to the United States—Generally, in Immigration Law and Procedure, Chapter 131, (Matthew Bender, April 1996).

Public Sentiment and Congressional Response: 15 Years of Immigration Policymaking, 73 Interpreter Releases 469-475 (April 15, 1996) (co-authored with Honorable Romano L. Mazzoli, former Congressional Representative from Kentucky).

National Interest Waivers, 1995 Immigration Briefings (June 1995).

Religion and Immigration & Nationality Law: Using Old Saws on New Bones, 9 Georgetown Immigration L. J. 1 (Winter 1995).

Training Visas in the United States (co-authored with Ethan Kaufman), 1993 Immigr. Brief. 1-35 (May 1993) (distributed at the American Immigration Lawyers Association's Annual Conference held in Toronto, Canada in June 1993).

Co-presented Teachers of the Law at UofL's College of Arts and Sciences' Saturday Academy, February 27, 2010.

AALS Annual Meeting 2008 – Panel Member, Community, Diversity and Equal Protection: The Louisville and Seattle School Cases, Panel sponsored by the Law & Communitarian Studies group and co-sponsored by Sections on Civil Rights and Minority Groups (New York, N.Y.), January 2008

Panel Moderator, Challenges Facing New and Established Latino Communities: A Dialogue, Elaine Chao Auditorium, University of Louisville, October 2007.

Citizenship, Prosecution and Race, Mid-Atlantic People of Color Conference, Panel II, January 2006.

Panel on the Roberts Court, Southeastern Association of American Law Schools (SEAALS), July 2006.

Immigration & Civil Rights, Mid-Atlantic People of Color Conference, Panel II, February 2005.

Panel sponsored by Immigration Law Section & Labor Law Section on Guestworker Programs, AALS Annual Meeting, January 2005.

Celebration of Teaching & Learning Conference, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY, October 2004.

Immigration Matters Symposium at Southern Illinois School of Law, March 2004.

Terrorism and Immigration Issues, Stanley Reed Address at Kentucky Wesleyan College, March 26, 2002.

Immigration Issues in Greater Louisville, Immigration Conference at the University of Louisville, Louisville, KY, October 2001.