Ingrid V. Eagly

Professor of Law
Faculty Director, David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy

  • A.B. Princeton University, 1991
  • J.D. Harvard Law School, 1995
  • UCLA Faculty Since 2008

Ingrid Eagly is a Professor of Law at UCLA School of Law, where she teaches and writes about immigration law, criminal law, evidence, and public interest lawyering. Professor Eagly also serves as Faculty Director of the David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy, a specialization that trains and mentors future public interest lawyers. In 2017, she was awarded UCLA’s Distinguished Teaching Award.

Professor Eagly’s recent scholarship explores a range of topics, including the criminalization of border crossing; the privatization of police policymaking; the role of sanctuary cities in the United States; the detention of families seeking asylum at the border; and barriers to access to counsel in immigration court. Her writing appears regularly in leading law reviews, and is frequently cited in the popular press.

Professor Eagly received her J.D. from Harvard Law School and A.B. in Public Policy and International Affairs from Princeton University. After law school, she clerked for the Honorable David H. Coar of the United States District Court in Chicago. Prior to joining the faculty at UCLA in 2008, Professor Eagly practiced law as a Skadden Fellow at the Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago (LAF) and as a Soros Justice Fellow at the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA). She later served as a trial attorney for the Office of the Federal Public Defender in Los Angeles.


  • Articles And Chapters
    • Measuring In Absentia Removal in Immigration Court (with Steven Shafer), 168 University of Pennsylvania Law Review 817 (2020). Full Text
    • The Movement to Decriminalize Border Crossing, 61 Boston College Law Review 1967 (2020). Full Text
    • Detaining Families: A Study of Asylum Adjudication in Family Detention (with Steven Shafer and Jana Whalley), 106 California Law Review 785 (2018). Selected for inclusion in __ Bender’s Immigration Bulletin __ (Lexis-Nexis __). Full Text
    • Lexipol: The Privatization of Police Policymaking (with Joanna C. Schwartz), 96 Texas Law Review 891 (2018). Full Text
    • 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). Full Text
    • Prosecuting Immigrants in a Democracy, Chapter 8, in Prosecutors and Democracy: A Cross-National Study 227-49 (edited by Maximo Langer & David Alan Sklansky, Cambridge Univ. Press, 2017). Cambridge | Abstract
    • 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). Full Text
    • Immigrant Protective Policies in Criminal Justice, 95 Texas Law Review 245 (2016). Full Text
    • A National Study of Access to Counsel in Immigration Court (with Steven Shafer), 165 University of Pennsylvania Law Review 1 (2015). Full Text
    • Remote Adjudication in Immigration, 109 Northwestern University Law Review 933 (2015). Selected for inclusion in 21 Bender’s Immigration Bulletin 647 (Lexis-Nexis 2016). Full Text
    • Criminal Justice for Noncitizens: An Analysis of Variation in Local Enforcement, 88 New York University Law Review 1126 (2013). Full Text
    • Gideon's Migration, 122 Yale Law Journal 2282 (2013). Selected for inclusion in 34 Immigration & Nationality Law Review 237 (2013). Full Text
    • Criminal Clinics in the Pursuit of Immigrant Rights: Lessons from the Loncheros, 2 UC Irvine Law Review 91 (2012). Full Text
    • Local Immigration Prosecution: A Study of Arizona Before SB 1070, 58 UCLA Law Review 1749 (2011). Full Text
    • Prosecuting Immigration, 104 Northwestern University Law Review 1281 (2010). Excerpted in Immigration and Citizenship: Process and Policy 948-51 (edited by T.A. Aleinkoff et al, Thomson West, 2010). Full Text
    • After Public Interest Law (with Scott L. Cummings), 100 Northwestern University Law Review 1251 (2006). Full Text
    • A Critical Reflection on Law and Organizing (with Scott L. Cummings), 48 UCLA Law Review 443 (2001). Excerpted in Social Justice: Professionals, Communities and Law (edited by Martha R. Mahoney et al., West, 2013) Full Text
    • Community Education: Creating a New Vision of Legal Services Practice, 4 Clinical Law Review 433 (1998). Full Text
  • Other
    • Essay, Access to Counsel and the Legacy of Juan Osuna, Center for Migration Studies (2019). Full Text
    • Book Review, 52 Law & Society Review (2018). Reviewing Protect, Serve, and Deport: The Rise of Policing as Immigration Enforcement, by Amada Armenta (University of California Press, 2017). Full Text
    • Special Report, Detaining Families: A Study of Asylum Adjudication in Family Detention (with Steven Shafer and Jana Whalley), American Immigration Council (Aug. 2018). Full Text
    • 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 (Oct. 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
    • Special Report, Access to Counsel in Immigration Court (with Steven Shafer), American Immigration Council (Sept. 2016). Full Text
    • Remote Adjudication in Immigration, Border Criminologies Blog (June 25, 2015). Full Text
    • Book Review, ImmigrationProf Blog (Oct. 22, 2015). Reviewing Crimmigration Law, by César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández (American Bar Association, 2015). Full Text
    • Criminalizing the Sidewalk, UCLA Criminal Defense Clinic (2015). Full Text
    • Book Review, 15 Punishment & Society (2013). Reviewing Governing Immigration Through Crime: A Reader, edited by Julie A. Dowling & Jonathan Xavier Inda (Stanford University Press, 2013). Full Text
    • 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 (2012).
    • Roundtable Panelist, Federalism in Practice – National and Local Perspectives on States’ Use of Criminal Law to Regulate Undocumented or Unauthorized Migration, 12 Loyola Journal of Public Interest Law (2011).
    • Lawyers, Unite (with Scott L. Cummings), Legal Affairs (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 Center for Families, Children and the Courts Update (2003).