- Executive Director, James H. Binger Center for New Americans; Director for Education and Outreach
- Lecturer in Law
Deepinder Singh Mayell is the Executive Director of the James H. Binger Center for New Americans and Director of the Center’s Education and Outreach Program. Mayell works closely with Center faculty, staff and law firm and non-profit partners to develop, implement and resource Center programs. Mayell provides leadership and management for the Center’s administrative and programmatic operations.
The Education and Outreach Program engages law students in collaborative projects that teach noncitizens about their legal rights and train lawyers to provide high-quality pro bono representation to immigrants. Mayell designs initiatives in cooperation with faculty from the Center’s three immigration clinics and the Center’s partners.
Before coming to the Law School, Mayell was the director of the Refugee & Immigrant Program at The Advocates for Human Rights in Minneapolis. In that role, he directed the organization’s legal services program and provided representation to asylum seekers at all levels of litigation. Mayell led the organization’s national asylum law project, which supported pro bono attorneys representing asylum seekers throughout the United States. At The Advocates, Mayell supported the Center by serving as co-counsel in asylum litigation before the U.S. Supreme Court, as a co-organizer of numerous educational programs for law students and volunteer lawyers, and through his frequent appearances as a guest lecturer at clinical seminars.
Mayell spent several years as a staff attorney with Merrimack Valley Legal Services in Massachusetts, where he represented victims of domestic violence in family, immigration, and housing proceedings. Mayell served on the Massachusetts Race Equity Coalition and was a member of the Massachusetts Legal Services Retention Task Force, convened by the Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation to address diminishing diversity in legal aid organizations across the state.
A graduate of Brooklyn Law School, Mayell has a diverse background working for vulnerable populations. His past research work has included the constitutionality of prolonged detention of prisoners at Guantanamo and research on labor conditions in apparel factories in Jakarta, Indonesia. Prior to law school, Mayell was a community organizer in Boston, working with community members, primarily youth, on a variety of issues related to anti-racism and anti-militarism
Editorials, Commentary & Letters
My Run-in with Hate Speech at a Minnesota Vikings Game, Star Tribune, Dec. 10, 2015 (op-ed)
Yes, We Can — and Must — Help the Kids at the Border, Star Tribune, July 24, 2014 (Commentary Counterpoint)