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Chapin, Violeta Raquel Clinical Professor


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research overview

  • Professor Chapin is interested in how the immigration law operates in the criminal sphere, specifically, in the way that rights and procedures typically associated with the criminal justice system have been affected by their interaction with the civil immigration system. Professor Chapin is a clinical professor, so the practical aspects of delivering holistic legal services to noncitizens charged with crimes is also a subject of her research and writing.


  • the interaction of immigration law and criminal law, the immigration consequences of criminal convictions, the delivery of holistic legal services to noncitizen criminal defendants who need free representation in their immigration matter


courses taught

  • LAWS 6029 - Criminal and Immigration Defense Clinic
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019
    Provides thorough grounding in problems of criminal defense. Students defend indigent misdemeanants in Boulder courts. Develops working knowledge of courtroom skills.


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