Eisha Jain

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  • J.D., Yale University (2007)
  • B.A., University of Virginia (2003)

Eisha Jain joined the law faculty in 2016. Her interests include Evidence, Immigration Law, and Criminal Law.  Her research focuses on the blurring boundaries between civil and criminal law.  She is currently working on research relating to immigration enforcement. Her recent scholarship also examines the impact of arrests, misdemeanors, and collateral consequences. Her recent publications appear in the Stanford Law Review, the Duke Law Journal, and the Georgetown Law Journal, among others.  Her article, Prosecuting Collateral Consequences, was selected as a "Must Read" by the National Association for Criminal Defense Lawyers.  

Professor Jain previously practiced as a civil rights and criminal defense lawyer. Her litigation experience includes police misconduct, fair housing, and employment discrimination cases.  For her civil rights work, she was selected as a Public Justice Trial Lawyer of the Year Finalist. She clerked for the Hon. Walter K. Stapleton of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Prior to joining the UNC faculty, she held a law research fellowship at Georgetown University Law Center, where she taught Criminal Law. She also previously taught Immigration Enforcement at the University of Virginia School of Law. She earned her J.D. from Yale Law School, where she served as a student director in two legal clinics and was awarded the Michael Egger Prize for the best student article published in the Yale Law Journal on a current social problem.

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Selected Publications

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  • Proportionality and Other Misdemeanor Myths, 97 BOSTON UNIV. L. REV. (forthcoming). [SSRN]
  • Capitalizing on Criminal Justice, 67 DUKE L.J. 1381 (2018). [Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, BEPress]
  • Understanding Immigrant Protective Policies in Criminal Justice, 95 TEX. L. REV. SEE ALSO 161 (2017). [Westlaw, SSRN]
  • Prosecuting Collateral Consequences, 104 GEO. L.J. 1197 (2016). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein]
  • Arrests as Regulation, 67 STAN. L. REV. 809 (2015). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein, BEPress]
  • Immigration Enforcement and Harboring Doctrine, 24 GEO. IMMIGR. L. J. 147 (2010). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein]
  • Note, Realizing the Potential of the Joint Harassment/Retaliation Claim, 117 YALE L. J. 120 (2007). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein]
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