Immigration Attorney, Barbara Hines

Original Air date: November 20, 2011
ACCESS News, EPISODE 109: Barbara Hines, University of Texas Professor and top immigration attorney

BARBARA HINES is the founding member of Hines and Leigh and is of counsel to the firm. Although she does not directly handle cases at the firm, she serves as resource for and consults with the firm attorneys on many cases.

Barbara Hines and Tamara Suiter-Ocuto on ACCESS News

She is a clinical professor of law at the University of Texas School of Law. She has practiced in the field of immigration law since 1975 and has been Board Certified in Immigration and Nationality Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 1981. She was the first Co Director of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law of Texas, Immigration and Refugee Rights Project in San Antonio. Ms. Hines was a Fulbright scholar in Argentina in 1996 and 2004 where she worked on Argentine immigration issues, taught immigration law and collaborated on the establishment of an immigration clinic in Buenos Aires. Throughout her career, she had litigated numerous cases relating to the constitutional and civil rights of non-citizens. She lectures nationally on issues related to immigration law.

She has received many awards for her work, including the 1992 American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Jack Wasserman Memorial Award for Excellence in Litigation, the 1993 AILA Texas Chapter Litigation Award, the 2007 AILA Elmer Fried Excellence in Teaching Award, the 2002 Excellence in Public Interest Award from the Public Interest Law Student Association of the University of Texas Law School and the 2008 Casa Marianella 3rd Annual Ed Wendler Award for Outstanding Service to the Immigrant Community. In 2007, she was recognized for her work by the Political Asylum Project of Austin on their twentieth anniversary. In 1993, she was named Best Immigration Lawyer by the Austin Chronicle and in 2000 was selected as one of the 100 best lawyers in the state of Texas by the Texas Lawyer publication.

She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the National Immigration Project and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

Hines and Leigh website: http://www.hines-leigh.com/index.html