Amelia Wilson

Amelia Wilson (176x220)

Assistant Clinical Professor, Immigrants’ Rights/International Human Rights Clinic

Professor Amelia Wilson is a Clinical Professor in the Immigrants’ Rights/International Human Rights Clinic. Prior to joining Seton Hall School of Law, Professor Wilson served for four years as Supervising Attorney, Research Scholar and Lecturer-in-Law at Columbia Law School where she co-instructed the Immigrants’ Rights Clinic.

Professor Wilson has been practicing in the area of immigration law since 2005, and has represented hundreds of individuals as they navigate our detention and deportation system. While acting as the Senior Detention Attorney at the American Friends Service Committee from 2010 – 2016, Professor Wilson was instrumental in scaffolding and then leading the first public-defender style program for detained noncitizens in removal proceedings in New Jersey. She specializes in representing noncitizens with mental health disabilities, and her research and scholarship focus on safeguarding the due process rights of this particularly vulnerable population.

In addition to teaching, writing, and engaging in direct legal services, Amelia helped the Department of Justice build the first (and to date, only) government-funded appointed counsel system for any immigrant group.

Professor Wilson is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School (J.D., 2004), and is licensed in New York.



What’s the Matter with Franco, UC Davis Law Review, Vol. 57, No. 2, (forthcoming Dec. 2023)

Force Multiplier: An Intersectional Examination of One Immigrant Woman’s Journey Through Multiple Systems Of Oppression, 38 Berkeley J. Gender L. & Just. (forthcoming Spring 2023)

Franco I Loved: Reconciling the Two Halves of the Nation’s Only Government-Funded Public Defender Program for Immigrants, 97 Wash. L. Rev. online 21 (2022)

Accessing Justice: a Call for Reparations for the Survivors of Medical Abuse at the Irwin County Detention Center, 37 Md. J. Int'l L. (2022)

Addressing All Heads of the Hydra: Reframing Safeguards for Mentally Impaired Detainees in Immigration Removal Proceedings, 39 N.Y.U. Rev. L. & Soc. Change 313 (2015)

Applying Method to the Madness: The Right to Court Appointed Guardians Ad Litem and Counsel for the Mentally Ill in Immigration Proceedings, 16 U. Pa. J.L. & Soc. Change 1 (2013) (with Natalie Prokop)

Piercing the Confidentiality Veil: Physician Testimony in International Criminal Trials Against Perpetrators of Torture, 15 Minn. J. Intl. L. 43 (2006) (with David Weissbrodt, Ferhat Pekin)


Universal Representation Initiatives Gain Ground, Marking A Win for Detained Indigent Respondents, 62 Fed. Law. 16 (2015)

Vanishing Visibility: How Particular Social Group Requirements Have Changed in the Third Circuit’s Asylum Cases, 59 Fed. Law. 48 (2012) (with the Hon. Dorothy A. Harbeck, Rana Kashlan, and the Hon. Amiena A. Khan)