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she joined the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law faculty and established the law school’s first immigration clinic. The clinic represents foreign-born foster care children in need of immigration services. Professor Cruz has published several articles on US immigration law, clinical education, Mexican immigration to the United States, Mexican Immigration Law, and Therapeutic Jurisprudence. Aside from her law school academic commitments, Between 2017-2021 Professor Cruz worked to set up victim advocacy law clinics at Mexican law schools through a grant from the State Department.
For the first seven years of her career, she was a public interest lawyer and policy advocate, working with migrant communities in East Oakland, the California Central Valley, and the San Francisco Bay Area. She also traveled the United States conducting legal trainings for community organizations helping naturalization applicants. In 2000, she began her law teaching career as an adjunct professor at Golden Gate University College of Law and New College of San Francisco. In 2003 she was selected as the Cover Fellow by Yale Law School to spend two years teaching in Yale’s clinical program.
- J.D. University of Santa Clara School of Law
- B.A. University of California, Santa Cruz