A tenured associate professor of law at the University of Denver, he has been publishing crimmigration.com since 2009. César’s academic interests center on crimmigration law, including teaching a seminar on the topic and having published articles about the right to counsel for immigrants in the criminal justice system, immigration imprisonment, and race-based immigration policing in the California Law Review, UCLA Law Review, Boston University Law Review, BYU Law Review, Maryland Law Review, and Georgetown Immigration Law Journal, among others. His book, Crimmigration Law, was published by the American Bar Association in 2015. In addition to teaching a crimmigration seminar, he teaches Immigration Law, Criminal Procedure, and Torts.
César makes frequent public appearances discussing crimmigration law. His op-eds have been published in The New York Times, The Guardian, and Newsweek. He regularly speaks to groups of lawyers and has presented his academic research on approximately 70 occasions since 2010. He has also been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio, Public Radio International, International Business Times, San Antonio Express-News, U.S. Law Week, The Nation, La Opinión, several local media outlets, and more. In addition to contributing to important debates in the United States, César has been quoted in Germany’s Deutsche Welle, Brazil’s Correio Braziliense, and South Africa’s Power FM 98.7.
In 2014, he received the Derrick A. Bell, Jr. Award from the Association of American Law Schools Section on Minority Groups, an honor issued to a “junior faculty member who, through activism, mentoring, colleagueship, teaching and scholarship, has made an extraordinary contribution to legal education, the legal system or social justice.” In 2016, he was a scholar-in-residence at the University of California, Berkeley and Texas Southern University. In 2018, he is serving as a Fulbright scholar in Slovenia where he will study immigration imprisonment in Central Europe and is affiliated with the Institute of Criminology at the University of Ljubljana. He is an associate editor of Law & Policy.
Born and raised in McAllen, Texas, César is a graduate of Brown University and Boston College Law School. He is Of Counsel to García & García Attorneys at Law, P.L.L.C.
César’s CV contains more information about his academic work.