Professor of Law
Director, Inter-American Program
B.A., Arizona State University
J.D., Harvard Law School
Professor Aldana is a prolific legal scholar who joined the Pacific McGeorge faculty in 2009 after previously serving as a tenured professor at UNLV’s William S. Boyd School of Law in Las Vegas, Nevada. She is the founder and director of the Pacific McGeorge Inter-American Program, an innovative project committed to educating bilingual and bicultural lawyers who wish to pursue a transnational career with a focus on U.S-Latin America relations. She has served on the Board of the Society of American Law Teachers since 2008 and was Co-President of the organization from 2010-2012. She also currently serves on the AALS Curriculum Committee and is the Chair of the Presidential Programon Globalizing the Curriculum for the AALS 2013 Annual meeting. Professor Aldana has written extensively on immigration issues and on the rights of victims of state-sponsored crimes and domestic violence in the Americas. She began her legal career as an associate at Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue of Washington, D.C., later working at the Center for Justice and International Law in the nation’s capital where she litigated cases before the Inter-American Commission and the Inter-American Court on Human Rights. In 2006-07, Professor Aldana was a Fulbright Scholar at the Rafael Landivar University in Guatemala City, Guatemala, where she taught several courses in the school’s human rights L.L.M. program and conducted research on femicide.
Courses: Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Comparative Latin American Law, Immigration & Naturalization Law, International Labor Law