Dartmouth College, B.A.
New York University, M.A., J.D.
Georgetown University, L.L.M.
Professor Stephen Meili is the Supervising Attorney in the Law School's Immigration and Human Rights Clinic, where students represent asylum-seekers and detained individuals in various immigration and appellate court proceedings. His teaching interests include human rights and immigration law, civil procedure, consumer law, and legal practice.
Professor Meili's research interests complement his clinical teaching. His current project, for which he has received grants from the National Science Foundation and the Robina Foundation, is a study of the impact of international human rights treaties on asylum law jurisprudence and practice in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The study includes analyzing and coding published asylum decisions by courts and tribunals, and interviewing lawyers representing asylum-seekers. Since February 2012, he has presented preliminary findings from his research at conferences sponsored by Oxford University, Harvard Law School, University of London, Boston College Law School, Osgoode Hall Law School, the University of Bergen, Norway, and the Law and Society Association.
Professor Meili has written several articles in the area of human rights, the most recent of which, "U.K. Refugee Lawyers: Pushing the Boundaries of Domestic Court Acceptance of International Human Rights Law," was published by the Boston College Law Review and the Boston College International and Comparative Law Review in May 2013. He has also co-authored (with U of M Law School Professor David Weissbrodt) two recent works on human rights issues: "Recent Developments in the Human Rights of Trafficked Persons," in Human Rights and Migration: Trafficking for Forced Labour (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012) and "Human Rights and Protection of Non-Citizens: Whither Universality and Indivisibility of Rights?" 28 Refugee Survey Quarterly 34 (2010).
He has also published numerous articles and chapters in edited volumes on lawyers and the legal profession, civil procedure, comparative law, and consumer protection. Recent publications in these areas include "Collective Justice or Personal Gain? An Empirical Analysis of Consumer Class Action Lawyers and Named Plaintiffs," 44 Akron Law Review 67 (2011); "Consumer Protection," in Oxford Handbook of Empirical Legal Research (Oxford, 2010); "Staying Alive: Public Interest Law in Contemporary Latin America" 9 International Review of Constitutionalism 43 (2009); and "Of course he just stood there; he's the Law: Two Depictions of Cause Lawyers in Post-Authoritarian Chile," in The Cultural Lives of Cause Lawyers (Cambridge, 2008).
Before coming to the Law School in 2008, Professor Meili was Director of the Consumer Law Litigation Clinic at the University of Wisconsin Law School for 17 years. He supervised the litigation of cases resulting in important federal and state court precedent in the areas of mandatory arbitration clauses, rent-to-own contracts, class certification, antitrust law, and ERISA, and frequently testified at legislative hearings on a variety of consumer protection issues. He also created Wisconsin's Pre-Trial Advocacy course, which trains students in a variety of lawyering skills.
After receiving his J.D. from New York University School of Law, Professor Meili held a graduate fellowship at Georgetown University Law Center's Institute for Public Representation, where he supervised law students on litigation and legislative projects in immigration, consumer, and environmental law. Prior to his academic career, he was a partner in a plaintiffs'-side employment law firm in Hartford, Conn.
Professor Meili was on sabbatical at the University of Oxford, England, during the 2012-13 academic year. During that time he was appointed an Academic Visitor at the Faculty of Law and a Senior Associate Member of St. Antony's College.
A Citizen's Guide to Personal and Government Records (Center for Public Representation, 3d ed., 1993)
Recent Developments in the Human Rights of Trafficked Persons, in Human Rights and Migration: Trafficking for Forced Labour 193 (Christien van den Anker & Ilse van Liempt, eds., Palgrave Macmillan, 2012) (with David Weissbrodt)
Consumer Protection, in The Oxford Handbook of Empirical Legal Research (Peter Cane & Herbert M. Kritzer, eds., Oxford University Press, 2010)
"Of course he just stood there; he's the law": Two Depictions of Cause Lawyers in Post-Authoritarian Chile, in The Cultural Lives of Cause Lawyers (Austin Sarat & Stuart Scheingold, eds., Cambridge University Press, 2008)
Consumer Cause Lawyers in the United States: Lawyers for the Movement or a Movement unto Themselves, in Cause Lawyers and Social Movements (Austin Sarat & Stuart Scheingold, eds., Stanford Law and Politics, 2006)
Cause Lawyering for Collective Justice: A Case Study of the Amparo Colectivo in Argentina, in The World Cause Lawyers Make: Structure and Agency in Legal Practice (Austin Sarat & Stuart Scheingold, eds., Stanford Law and Politics, 2005)
Consumer Actions, in Methods of Practice (Jay E. Grenig, James B. MacDonald & Nathan A. Fishback, eds., Thomson/West, 4th ed., 2004)
Latin American Cause-Lawyering Networks, in Cause Lawyering and the State in a Global Era (Austin Sarat & Stuart Scheingold, eds., Oxford University Press, 2001)
Legal Education in Argentina and Chile, in Educating for Justice Around the World: Legal Education, Legal Practice, and the Community (Louise G. Trubek & Jeremy Cooper, eds., Ashgate/Dartmouth, 1999)
Cause Lawyers and Social Movements: A Comparative Perspective on Democratic Change in Argentina and Brazil, in Cause Lawyering: Political Commitments and Professional Responsibilities (Austin Sarat & Stuart Scheingold, eds., Oxford University Press, 1998)
U.K. Refugee Lawyers: Pushing the Boundaries of Domestic Court Acceptance of International Human Rights Law, 54 Boston College Law Review 1123 (2013)
Human Rights and Protection of Non-Citizens: Whither Universality and Indivisibility of Rights?, 28 Refugee Survey Quarterly 34 (2010), reprinted in Vulnerable and Marginalised Groups and Human Rights (David Weissbrodt & Mary Rumsey, eds., Edward Elgar, 2011) (with David Weissbrodt)
Staying Alive: Public Interest Law in Contemporary Latin American, 9 International Review of Constitutionalism 43 (2009)
The Interaction between Lawyers and Grass Roots Social Movements in Brazil, 3 Beyond Law (Instituto Latinoamericano de Servicios Legales Alternativas) 61 (July 1993) (Working Paper ILS 5-2, Institute for Legal Studies, University of Wisconsin Law School (July 1993))
Book Review, 18 Canadian Journal of Law and Society 169 (2003) (reviewing Peter Cartwright, Consumer Protection and the Criminal Law (Cambridge University Press, 2001))
Your Consumer Rights (Consumer Law Litigation Clinic, University of Wisconsin Law School, 3d ed., 2007); translated into Spanish, Sus derechos como consumidor (Consumer Law Litigation Clinic, University of Wisconsin Law School, 3a. ed., 2007)