Rick Su

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  • J.D. (Magna Cum Laude), Harvard University (2004)
  • B.A., English; Asian & Middle-Eastern Languages and Lit. (Magna Cum Laude), Dartmouth College (2001)

Rick Su is a Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina School of Law, where he teaches and writes in the areas of local government law, immigration, and federalism.  His research focuses on the intersection between cities and immigration.  His work has appeared in the Columbia Law Review, the William & Mary Law Review, the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law, and the Harvard Law & Policy Review.


Su received his B.A. from Dartmouth College in 2001 and his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2004.  After graduating from law school, he clerked for The Honorable Stephen Reinhardt on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and worked in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.  He started his teaching career at the University at Buffalo School of Law, where he won the faculty teaching award in 2009 and 2015. He was a Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School in 2015 and Washington University in St. Louis School of Law in 2018.

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  • Anti-Sanctuary and Immigration Localism (with P. Gulasekaram & R. Cuison Villazor), 119 COLUM. L. REV. 837 (2019). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, BEPress, Document Link]
  • Sanctuary Preemption and Immigration Localism (with P. Gulasekaram & R. Cuison Villazor), in THE NEW PREEMPTION READER 249 (Richard Briffault, et al., eds., Foundation Press 2019).
  • Making Room for Children: A Response to Professor Estin on Immigration and Child Welfare, 17 WASH. U. GLOBAL STUD. L. REV. 633 (2018). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, Hein, BEPress]
  • Have Cities Abandoned Home Rule?, 44 FORDHAM URB. L. J. 181 (2017). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, Hein, BEPress]
  • Intrastate Federalism, 19 U. PA. J. CONST. L. 191 (2016). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein, BEPress]
  • The Role of States in the National Conversation on Immigration, in STRANGE NEIGHBORS:THE ROLE OF STATES IN IMMIGRATION POLICY 198 (C. Byrne Hessick & G. J. Chin, eds., NYU Press, 2014). [BEPress KF4819 .S77 2014]
  • The Promise and Peril of Cities and Immigration Policy, 7 HARV. L. & POL'Y REV. 299 (2013). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, Hein, BEPress]
  • The States of Immigration, 54 WM. & MARY L. REV. 1339 (2013). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein, BEPress]
  • Locating Keith Aoki: Space, Geography, and Local Government Law, 45 U.C. DAVIS L. REV. 1637 (2012). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein, BEPress]
  • Urban Politics and the Assimilation of Immigrant Voters, 21 WM. & MARY BILL RTS. J. 653 (2012). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein, BEPress]
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