• Full-Time Faculty
  • Natalie Nanasi

  • Director of the Judge Elmo B. Hunter Legal Center for Victims of Crimes Against Women and Assistant Professor of Law

  • fulltime Faculty
  • Natalie Nanasi

  • Director of the Judge Elmo B. Hunter Legal Center for Victims of Crimes Against Women and Assistant Professor of Law

Natalie Nanasi

Director of the Judge Elmo B. Hunter Legal Center for Victims of Crimes Against Women and Assistant Professor of Law

  • Biography

    • Natalie Nanasi is an Assistant Professor of Law and the Director of the Judge Elmo B. Hunter Legal Center for Victims of Crimes Against Women. Her work involves supervising students’ representation of individual survivors of gender-based violence in a broad range of legal matters as well as systemic advocacy and policy work.
       
      Prior to arriving at SMU, Professor Nanasi was a Practitioner-in-Residence and the Director of the Domestic Violence Clinic at American University, Washington College of Law (WCL). Before joining the faculty at WCL, Professor Nanasi was the Senior Immigration Attorney and Pro Bono Coordinator at the Tahirih Justice Center, where she represented immigrant women and girls fleeing human rights abuses such as female genital mutilation, domestic and sexual violence, forced marriage and honor crimes. She also served as counsel in the landmark asylum case of Matter of A-T- and as an Equal Justice Works Fellow from 2007-2009, with a focus on the U visa. Prior to her work at Tahirih, Professor Nanasi was a law clerk to the Honorable Lynn Leibovitz of the District of Columbia Superior Court.
       
      Professor Nanasi researches and writes at the intersection of immigration, gender and feminist legal theory. Her scholarship is has appeared in numerous journals and law reviews, including the Columbia Journal of Gender and Law, the Ohio State Law Journal and the Yale Journal on Law and Feminism.  
       
      Professor Nanasi received her J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center, where she earned an Equal Justice Foundation fellowship for her work at the South Asia Human Rights Documentation Center in New Delhi, India and assisted in representation of HIV-positive immigrants at Whitman Walker Clinic Legal Services. Prior to her legal career, Professor Nanasi was a rape crisis counselor and supported single teenage mothers at a transitional residence facility in Boston. 
       
  • Areas of Expertise

    • Clinical Legal Education
      Humanitarian Immigration Law
      Domestic Violence Law
       
  • Education

    • B.A., Brandeis University
      J.D., Georgetown University Law Center
  • Presentations

    • Academic:
      • Presented, Domestic Violence Asylum and the Perpetuation of the Victimization Narrative, University of Baltimore, 9th Annual Feminist Legal Theory Conference (March 4, 2016)
      • Presented, Domestic Violence Asylum and the Perpetuation of the Victimization Narrative, Clinical Law Review Writer’s Workshop, NYU School of Law (Sept. 27, 2014)
      • Presented, Domestic Violence Asylum and the Perpetuation of the Victimization Narrative, American University Clinical Program Summer Writing Workshop (July 16, 2014)
      • Presented, An “I Do” I Choose: How the Fight for Marriage Access Supports a Per Se Finding of Persecution for Asylum Cases Based on Forced Marriage, Immigration Law Professors Workshop (May 24, 2014)
      • Presenter, concurrent session: “Identity, Expertise, and Evolution: Challenges and Rewards in Cross-Clinic Collaboration,” AALS Clinical Conference (April 28, 2014)
      • Moderator, American University Washington College of Law Founders’ Celebration, “Forced Marriage in The United States and Canada: Opportunities and Challenges in Protecting Survivors” (April 1, 2014)
      • Presented, An “I Do” I Choose: How the Fight for Marriage Access Supports a Per Se Finding of Persecution for Asylum Cases Based on Forced Marriage, Clinical Law Review Writer’s Workshop, NYU School of Law (Sept. 28, 2013)
      • Presented, An “I Do” I Choose: How the Fight for Marriage Access Supports a Per Se Finding of Persecution for Asylum Cases Based on Forced Marriage, American University Clinical Program Summer Writing Workshop (May 16, 2013)
      • Panelist, Univ. of Pennsylvania Law School, “Domestic Violence as a Basis for Asylum” (April 1, 2010)
      • Panelist, American University Washington College of Law Founders’ Celebration, “The New U Visa Regulations: Understanding Their Application and Building Collaboration” (February 21, 2008)
      Other:
      • Speaker, “Building Law Enforcement Capacity to Serve Immigrant Victims,” a project of Legal Momentum and the Vera Institute of Justice (June 17, 2011)
      • Panelist, Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services Regional Victim Assistance Training, Portsmouth, VA (May 3, 2011) 
      • Speaker, Virginia Immigrant Advocates Summit, Arlington, VA (October 27, 2010)
      • Speaker, Young Lawyers Conference of the Virginia State Bar, Warrenton, VA (February 19, 2010) 
      • Speaker, Historic Triangle Conference on Crimes Against Women, Williamsburg, VA (August 21, 2009)
      • Speaker, DC Bar Pro Bono Program, “The U Visa: Helping Immigrant Victims of Crime” (February 1, 2008 and February 13, 2009)
      • Panelist, American Bar Association National Training Institute on Civil Remedies for Human Trafficking Victims, “Promising Practices in Pro Bono Representation” (October 3, 2008)
      • Panelist, Seventh Annual Freedom Network Conference, “The International Marriage Broker Regulation Act” (March 19, 2009)
  • Media

    • Featured in Behind the Case: FGM Victim Receives Protection After Rare Attorney General Involvement
      AILA Voice Magazine (July/August 2011)

      Featured in Domestic Violence in America
      Voice of America News Urdu (November 22, 2010)

      Quoted in Over 35 Women Flee Violent Homes Thanks to Local Group
      Falls Church News Press (November 18, 2009)

      Quoted in U-Visa Program for Crime Victims Falters
      LA Times (January 26, 2009)