August 5, 2014
Professor Raquel Aldana has been appointed as Associate Dean for Faculty Scholarship at McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, where she has been a professor of law since 2009.
Aldana was also elected this summer to the American Bar Association Latin America and Caribbean Council of the ABA's Rule of Law Initiative program.
Professor Aldana 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. Aldana is a prolific legal scholar who joined the McGeorge faculty after previously serving as a tenured professor at UNLV's William S. Boyd School of Law in Las Vegas, Nevada. Aldana has written extensively on immigration issues and on the rights of victims of state-sponsored crimes and domestic violence in the Americas.
Aldana is also the founder and director of the McGeorge Inter-American Program, an innovative project committed to educating bilingual and bicultural lawyers who wish to pursue a domestic or transnational career with a focus on U.S.-Latin America relations. For over a decade, Aldana has organized service learning programs to involve law students in the assistance of hundreds of immigrants seeking to become citizens or apply for other types of immigration relief. 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 American Association of Law Schools (AALS) Mid-Year Program Planning Committee and the Curriculum Committee and was the Chair of the Presidential Program on Globalizing the Curriculum for the AALS 2013 Annual meeting.
Aldana continues her engagement with Latin America in a variety of ways. She has been Fulbright Scholar in Guatemala where she taught several courses in a human rights L.L.M. program and conducted research on femicide, and she has worked with domestic violence issues in Nicaragua. She is actively involved with the transitional justice efforts in Guatemala, most recently as part of an Open Society Institute team of international observers of the first genocide trial tried in a domestic tribunal.