Ingrid Eagly

Professor of Law
Faculty Director, Criminal Justice Program

Ingrid Eagly is a Professor of Law at UCLA School of Law and the Faculty Director of the Criminal Justice Program (view CV). Her teaching and research interests include immigration law, criminal law, evidence, and public interest lawyering. In 2017 she received UCLA’s Distinguished Teaching Award, and previously served as Faculty Director of the David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy.

Professor Eagly is an expert in the intersection between immigration enforcement and the criminal legal system. Her recent work explores a range of topics, including the criminalization of migration, police policymaking, and U.S. immigration courts. Eagly’s scholarship has appeared in the Stanford Law ReviewYale Law JournalUniversity of Pennsylvania Law ReviewLaw & Society Review, and Texas Law Review, among others. Eagly currently serves as a co-editor of the ImmigrationProf blog.

A graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School, Eagly clerked for the Honorable Judge David H. Coar of the U.S. District Court in Chicago. Prior to joining the academy, Professor Eagly was also a Skadden Fellow at the Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago (LAF), a Soros Justice Fellow at the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA), and a trial attorney for the Federal Public Defender in Los Angeles.


  • A.B. Princeton University, 1991
  • J.D. Harvard Law School, 1995

Books & Chapters

  • Punishing Immigrants, in Oxford Handbook On Sentencing (edited by Michael Light & Ryan King). Oxford University Press (forthcoming 2023).
  • Criminal Practice: A Handbook for New Advocates (with George Fisher & Ronald Tyler). Foundation Press (2021).
  • Prosecuting Immigrants in a Democracy, Chapter 8, in Prosecutors and Democracy: A Cross-National Study (edited by Maximo Langer & David Alan Sklansky). Cambridge University Press (2017). Cambridge | Abstract

Articles & Essays

  • Second Chances in Criminal and Immigration Law, 2022 Ralph F. Fuchs Lecture, 97 Indiana Law Journal __ (forthcoming 2022).
  • Restructuring Public Defense After Padilla (with Tali Gires, Rebecca Kutlow, and Eliana Navarro Gracian), 74 Stanford Law Review 1 (2022). HeinOnline | SSRN
  • Lexipol’s Fight Against Police Reform (with Joanna Schwartz), 97 Indiana Law Journal 1 (2022). HeinOnline | SSRN
  • The Institutional Hearing Program: A Study of Prison-Based Immigration Courts in the United States (with Steven Shafer), 54 Law & Society Review 788 (2020). Full Text
  • Measuring In Absentia Removal in Immigration Court (with Steven Shafer), 168 University of Pennsylvania Law Review 817 (2020). HeinOnline | SSRN
  • The Movement to Decriminalize Border Crossing, 61 Boston College Law Review 1967 (2020). HeinOnline | SSRN
  • Detaining Families: A Study of Asylum Adjudication in Family Detention (with Steven Shafer and Jana Whalley), 106 California Law Review 785 (2018). HeinOnline | SSRN
  • Lexipol: The Privatization of Police Policymaking (with Joanna C. Schwartz), 96 Texas Law Review 891 (2018). HeinOnline | SSRN
  • Understanding “Sanctuary Cities” (with Christopher N. Lasch, R. Linus Chan, Dina Francesca Haynes, Annie Lai, Elizabeth M. McCormick, and Juliet P. Stumpf), 59 Boston College Law Review 1703 (2018). HeinOnline | SSRN
  • Criminal Justice in an Era of Mass Deportation: Reforms from California, 20 New Criminal Law Review 12 (2017). Selected for inclusion in 38 Immigration & Nationality Law Review 515 (2017). HeinOnline | SSRN
  • Immigrant Protective Policies in Criminal Justice, 95 Texas Law Review 245 (2016). HeinOnline | SSRN
  • A National Study of Access to Counsel in Immigration Court (with Steven Shafer), 165 University of Pennsylvania Law Review 1 (2015). HeinOnline | SSRN
  • Remote Adjudication in Immigration, 109 Northwestern University Law Review 933 (2015). Selected for inclusion in 21 Bender’s Immigration Bulletin 647 (Lexis-Nexis 2016). HeinOnline | SSRN
  • Criminal Justice for Noncitizens: An Analysis of Variation in Local Enforcement, 88 New York University Law Review 1126 (2013). HeinOnline | SSRN
  • Gideon’s Migration, 122 Yale Law Journal 2282 (2013). Selected for inclusion in 34 Immigration & Nationality Law Review 237 (2013). HeinOnline | SSRN
  • Criminal Clinics in the Pursuit of Immigrant Rights: Lessons from the Loncheros, 2 UC Irvine Law Review 91 (2012). HeinOnline | SSRN
  • Local Immigration Prosecution: A Study of Arizona Before SB 1070, 58 UCLA Law Review 1749 (2011). HeinOnline | SSRN
  • Prosecuting Immigration, 104 Northwestern University Law Review 1281 (2010). HeinOnline | SSRN
  • After Public Interest Law (with Scott L. Cummings), 100 Northwestern University Law Review 1251 (2006). HeinOnline | SSRN
  • A Critical Reflection on Law and Organizing (with Scott L. Cummings), 48 UCLA Law Review 443 (2001). HeinOnline | SSRN
  • Community Education: Creating a New Vision of Legal Services Practice, 4 Clinical Law Review 433 (1998). HeinOnline | SSRN

Policy Reports

  • Report, LGBT Asylum Claims in the United States (with Ari Shaw, Winston Luhur, and Kerith J. Conron), The Williams Institute (March 2021). Full Text
  • Special Report, Measuring In Absentia Removal in Immigration Court (with Steven Shafer), American Immigration Council (January 2021). Full Text
  • Special Report, Detaining Families: A Study of Asylum Adjudication in Family Detention (with Steven Shafer and Jana Whalley), American Immigration Council (August 2018). Full Text
  • Special Report, Access to Counsel in Immigration Court (with Steven Shafer), American Immigration Council (September 2016). Full Text
  • Report, Criminalizing the Sidewalk, UCLA Criminal Defense Clinic (April 2015). Full Text


  • New Research on Criminal Defense of Immigrants in the United States, Border Criminologies Blog (April 7, 2022). Full Text
  • Op-Ed, How California Is Failing to Meet a Crucial Constitutional Obligation to Noncitizens (with Rebecca Kutlow), San Francisco Chronicle (March 9, 2022). Full Text
  • Access to Public Records in Immigration Law, Notice & Comment, Yale Journal on Regulation (2022). Reviewing Margaret B. Kwoka’s Saving the Freedom of Information Act (Cambridge University Press 2021). Full Text
  • Where the Institutional Hearing Program Operates in the United States, American Immigration Council (2021). Full Text
  • Learning from Deported Americans, 50 Southwestern Law Review 333 (2021). Reviewing Deported Americans: Life After Deportation to Mexico, by Beth Caldwell (Duke University Press, 2019). HeinOnline | Full Text
  • Prison-Based Immigration Courts in the United States (with Steven Shafer), Border Criminologies Blog (July 8, 2021). Full Text
  • Access to Justice for Immigrants: A Lecture Presented in Memory of Breanna Boss, 92 University of Colorado Law Review Forum 1 (2021). Full Text
  • Op-Ed, Mr. President, Immigrants Show Up in Court (with Steven Shafer), L.A. Times A13 (October 29, 2020). Full Text
  • The Continued Detention of Migrants in U.S. Detention Centers During the COVID Pandemic (with Steven Shafer), Border Criminologies Blog (July 9, 2020). Full Text
  • Essay, Access to Counsel and the Legacy of Juan Osuna, Center for Migration Studies (2019). Full Text
  • Book Review, 52 Law & Society Review 1100 (2018). Reviewing Protect, Serve, and Deport: The Rise of Policing as Immigration Enforcement, by Amada Armenta (University of California Press, 2017). HeinOnline | Wiley
  • Op-Ed, Don’t Let Trump’s New Immigration Policy Trick You (with Steven Shafer and Jana Walley), The Washington Post (June 26, 2018). Full Text
  • Reforming Criminal Justice in an Era of Mass Deportation, Harvard Law Review Blog (October 17, 2017). Full Text
  • Op-Ed, Why We Need to Support the California Values Act, Daily Journal (April 24, 2017).
  • Public Defenders Are Needed to Ensure Justice in Our Immigration Court System, Border Criminologies Blog (April 11, 2016). Full Text
  • Remote Adjudication in Immigration, Border Criminologies Blog (June 25, 2015). Full Text
  • Book Review, ImmigrationProf Blog (October 22, 2015). Reviewing Crimmigration Law, by César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández (American Bar Association, 2015). Full Text
  • Book Review, 15 Punishment & Society 560 (2013). Reviewing Governing Immigration Through Crime: A Reader, edited by Julie A. Dowling & Jonathan Xavier Inda (Stanford University Press, 2013). HeinOnline | Sage Publications
  • Speeches and Addresses, Moderator, From Emma Lazarus to Arizona’s SB 1070: Can Progressives Meet New Challenges to Immigrants’ Rights?, 31 Chicana/o-Latina/o Law Review 47 (2012).
  • Roundtable Panelist, Federalism in Practice – National and Local Perspectives on States’ Use of Criminal Law to Regulate Undocumented or Unauthorized Migration, 12(2) Loyola Journal of Public Interest Law 375 (2011).
  • Lawyers, Unite (with Scott L. Cummings), Legal Affairs at 63 (March/April 2005). Reviewing Suburban Sweatshops: The Fight for Immigrant Rights, by Jennifer Gordon (Harvard University Press, 2005). Full Text
  • Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law: An Innovative Approach to Pro Per Assistance, 3(3) Center for Families, Children and the Courts Update (2003).