Brandeis School of Law Professors Enid Trucios-Haynes and JoAnne Sweeny lead the Human Rights Advocacy Program fellows through their research and community service.
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 25 years. Her teaching focus is in constitutional law, immigration law, international law, and race and the law with an emphasis on issues affecting Latinos.
Trucios-Haynes serves on the Metro Louisville Ethics Commission by appointment. She serves as Vice Chair of the board of the ACLU of Kentucky and on its Executive and Litigation Review Committees, and as Secretary of the board of the Hispanic-Latino Coalition of Louisville. She serves in a leadership capacity in a number of University of Louisville committees including the University Community Engagement Steering Committee, the Faculty Senate and its Executive Committee, the Faculty Senate Redbook Committee, and the Latin American and Latino Studies Program Steering Group.
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 a Public Service Placement which is affiliated with National Immigrant Justice Center. She leads teams of volunteers including law students, local immigration attorneys and local volunteers from religious and other community organizations to conduct “Know Your Rights” Presentations at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Detention Center at the Boone County Jail in Boone County, Kentucky.
In August 2017, Trucios-Haynes joined more than 100 other law professors and immigration scholars in signing on to a letter to President Trump supporting the legality of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
JoAnne Sweeny teaches Lawyering Skills and Writing For Practice. Prior to coming to Louisville, she was a Westerfield Fellow at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law where she taught legal research and writing as well as a seminar in comparative constitutional law.
After graduating Order of the Coif from the University of Southern California Law School, she clerked for the Honorable Ferdinand F. Fernandez at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Sweeny then practiced as an employment litigator at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP before returning to academia. In 2009, she completed her PhD in law at Queen Mary, University of London. While studying at Queen Mary, Sweeny taught British constitutional law and legal writing to first year law students.
Sweeny's current scholarly interests include comparative constitutional law, freedom of expression, law and gender, and legal history. Some of her most recent research has focused the present and historical criminalization of consensual sex, such as the prosecution of teenagers under child pornography laws because they have "sexted" each other nude or erotic photos of themselves. Her comparative work focuses on the United Kingdom’s Human Rights Act and the European Convention on Human Rights.