Elizabeth McCormick

Elizabeth McCormick

Director, Clinical Education ProgramsAssociate Clinical Professor of LawBoesche Legal Clinic Administrative Office
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In August 2005, Professor McCormick joined the faculty at TU College of Law, where she founded and continues to direct the Immigrant Rights Project, a law school clinical education program in which law students represent clients fleeing persecution in their home countries, as well as non-citizen victims of domestic violence and other crimes, in immigration matters. Since the program's inception in 2006, McCormick and her students have successfully represented vulnerable clients from all over the world, including Afghanistan, Argentina, Colombia, Guatemala, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico, Pakistan, Palestine, and Ukraine. Since 2008, McCormick has also served as Director of Clinical Education Programs at the College of Law.

McCormick’s recent scholarship and advocacy focus on immigration law and policy, in particular the intersection of federal immigration law and policy and state and local immigration enforcement efforts. In her recent article in the Stanford Law and Policy Review, which draws heavily on her own experiences with students and clients in the Tulsa community, McCormick examines the detrimental impact of local anti-immigrant bias on the implementation of a federal immigration benefit designed to protect immigrant victims of violent crime, and proposes regulatory reforms to ensure protection for these victims. McCormick’s scholarship has also explored the history of immigration to and immigrant life in Oklahoma, and the reaction of state legislators, law enforcement agencies, and residents to recent and dramatic shifts in the state’s immigrant population. In a 2009 article in the Georgetown Immigration Law Journal, McCormick examined the history and the impact of the Oklahoma Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act (HB 1804), Oklahoma’s comprehensive experiment in immigration regulation, and considers how it is that Oklahoma found itself on the front lines of the illegal immigration debate. In 2007, she received the Josephine Yalch Zekan Award for Best Scholarly Article in Faith and Law for her article Hospitality: How a Biblical Virtue Could Transform United States Immigration Policy.

Before joining the faculty at TU, McCormick was a member of the clinical faculty at Cornell Law School and the University of Connecticut School of Law. While at the University of Connecticut, McCormick co-founded and taught in the Asylum & Human Rights Clinic. She holds a BA from Fordham University, an MA from New York University, and a JD from Georgetown Law Center, where she served as a senior editor of the Georgetown Immigration Law Journal. She is admitted to practice in Oklahoma, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania.

Education and Degrees Earned

  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C., May 1994; Georgetown Immigration Law Journal, Notes and Comments Editor; Law Fellow Program
  • M.A.., New York University, New York, NY and Paris, France, December 1988; Centre for French Civilization and Culture.
  • B.A. cum laude in cursu honorum Fordham University, New York, NY May 1985; Fordham College Dean's Scholar; Fordham College Honors Program


Areas of Academic Specialty

  • Clinical Legal Education
  • Immigration Law
  • Asylum and Refugee Law

Previous Teaching Experience

  • University of Tulsa College of Law
    Associate Clinical Professor of Law (tenured) (2011-present)
    Associate Clinical Professor of Law (2008-2011)
    Assistant Clinical Professor of Law (2005-2008)
  • Cornell Law School
    Visiting Lecturer and Staff Attorney (2004-2005)
  • University of Connecticut School of Law
    William R. Davis Clinical Teaching Fellow (2000-2004)

Previous Relevant Work Experience

  • Assistant Attorney General, Federated States of Micronesia Department of Justice (1998-2000)
  • Assistant Attorney General, Pohnpei State Department of Justice, Federated States of Micronesia (1997-1998)
  • Assistant Defender, Defender Association of Philadelphia (1994-1997)
  • Intern, Defender Association of Philadelphia (Summer 1993)
  • Intern, Church World Services Asylum and Refugee Program (Summer 1992)

Professional Affiliations

  • American Immigration Lawyers' Association (2004 - present).
  • National Lawyers' Guild, National Immigration Project (2004 - present).
  • Association of American Law Schools, Sections on Clinical Legal Education, Immigration, and International Human Rights (2002 - present).
  • Clinical Legal Education Association (2001 - present).
  • American Bar Association, Sections on Professional Responsibility and Individual Rights and Responsibilities (2005 - present).
  • Oklahomans Against Trafficking Humans (2008-2013). 
  • Oklahoma Bar Association (2005 - present).
  • Tulsa County Bar Association (2008 - present).
  • AIDS Legal Network for Connecticut (2001-2004).
  • Connecticut Bar Association Law Works for People (2001-2004).
  • Pro Bono Asylum Project, International Institute of Connecticut (2002-2004).

Courses Taught at TU

  • Immigrant Rights Project

Awards & Recognition

  • Josephine Yalch Zekan Award, Best Scholarly Article in Faith and Law, College of Law, University of Tulsa, 2007.