Linus Chan

  • Associate Clinical Professor of Law
  • Vaughan G. Papke Research Scholar
  • University of Chicago, A.B.
  • Northwestern University School of Law, J.D.

Office: 96K
Mondale Hall, 229 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Linus Chan is an associate professor of clinical law and the director of the Detainee Rights Clinic. He is an immigration attorney that focuses removal defense for those detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. He also teaches in the area of intersection of criminal and immigration law.


Detainee Rights Clinic

Immigration and Criminal Law: Immigration Consequences of Crimes and Criminalizing Migration

Detainee Rights Clinic Student Directors



  • Immigration Simulations: Bridge to Practice (West Academic, 2018) Regina Jefferies

Journal Articles

  • Perceived Structural Vulnerabilities Among Detained Noncitizen Immigrants in Minnesota, 16(6) PLOS One (2021) Kazumi Tsuchiya, Olivia Toles, Christopher Levesque, Kimberly Horner, Eric Ryu & Jack DeWaard
  • Weighing Pain: How the Harm of Immigration Detention Must Be Factored in Custody Decisions, 27 William and Mary Journal of Race, Gender, and Social Justice 865 (2021)
  • The Promise and Failure of Silence as a Shield Against Immigration Enforcement, 52 Valparaiso University Law Review 289 (2018)
    | SSRN
  • Understanding “Sanctuary Cities,” 59 Boston College Law Review 1703 (2018) Christopher N. Lasch, Ingrid V. Eagly, Dina Francesca Haynes, Annie Lai, Elizabeth McCormick & Juliet P. Stumpf
    | SSRN
  • Unjust Deserts: How the Modern Deportation System Lacks Moral Credibility, 16 Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law 103 (2018)
    | SSRN
  • The Right to Travel: Breaking Down the Thousand Petty Fortresses of State Self-Deportation Laws, 34 Pace Law Review 814 (2014)
    | SSRN
  • Re-Interpreting Postville: A Legal Perspective, 2 DePaul Journal for Social Justice 31 (2008) Sioban Albiol & Sarah J. Diaz

Other Publications

  • BIA: City Drug Ordinance Violation Is a State Law Conviction; Counts for Recidivist Offender Purposes, crImmigration, July 31, 2012 (guest blogger)

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