Tania Valdez

Tania N Valdez

Clinical Fellow

  • Faculty
  • Sturm College of Law
  • Clinical Programs
  • Immigration Law and Policy Clinic
  • Rocky Mountain Collective on Race, Place & Law


Clinical Program, Immigration

Professional Biography

Tania N. Valdez is the first Clinical Fellow in the Immigration Law and Policy Clinic at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, where she will earn her Master of Laws. She is also an Adjunct Professor in the Clinic for Asylum, Refugee & Emigrant Services at Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law.

Professor Valdez teaches and writes about procedural fairness in immigration removal proceedings. Her work focuses on understanding the nexus between federal courts, immigration agencies, and the marginalized people they regulate. Her first law review article, Pleading the Fifth in Immigration Court: A Regulatory Proposal, is forthcoming in the Washington University Law Review.

Professor Valdez earned a B.A. from Colorado State University in Sociology, with a minor in Spanish and certificates in Chicana/o Studies and Women’s Studies. She received her J.D. from Berkeley Law. Professor Valdez began her legal career as a staff attorney and clinical instructor at Berkeley Law’s East Bay Community Law Center, and then served as a staff attorney for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, clerked for the Honorable Magistrate Judge Kristen L. Mix at the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, and litigated civil rights cases in federal and state courts as an attorney at Killmer, Lane & Newman, LLP.

Professor Valdez is licensed to practice law in California and Colorado. She is admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the District of Colorado and the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.

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