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.

Professor Trucios-Haynes is the Director of the Muhammad Ali Institute for Peace and Justice, a diversity unit within the Office of the Senior Associate Vice President for Diversity and Equity, since 2014. As Director, she supervises the Muhammad Ali Scholars Program, several research initiatives and collaborations with the Muhammad Ali Center.

She is the Co-Principal Investigator for a 21st Century Research Innovation Grant creating the Cooperative Consortium for Transdisciplinary Social Justice Research, which she has co-directed since January 2017. The Consortium is dedicated to translating social justice community engaged research into policy and building a social justice research community of scholar-activists.

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. She is the co-recipient of the 2017 Exemplary Designation Award from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Community Engagement Scholarship Awards for HRAP's scholarship responding to the urgent need for legal outreach in the local undocumented immigrant community.

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.