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Bill O. Hing, JD Biography

Professor of Law at University of San Francisco
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should the Government Allow Immigrants Who Are Here Illegally to Become US Citizens?"

“Whatever the cause for concern, real solutions to the undocumented immigration situation have to be considered. The standard, well-rehearsed solutions have revolved around border enforcement, for example in the form of more fencing and agents, and greater enforcement of penalties against employers who hire undocumented workers. But we have seen that those standard solutions have had little impact on the flow of undocumented migration. The best solution is to develop a system that regularizes a flow of workers to the United States, as we help Mexico with its infrastructure and economy so that Mexico can retain many of its workers as well. By finding solutions to the undocumented Mexican immigration challenge, anti-immigrant hysteria will ease, benefiting all immigrants.”

“Thinking Broadly About Immigration Reform by Addressing Root Causes,” Legal Briefs on Immigration Reform from 25 of the Top Legal Minds in the Country, Eds. Mona Parsa and Deborah Robinson, 2011

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Chair, San Francisco Immigrant Rights Commission, Apr. 2012-present
  • Professor of Law, University of San Francisco, 2010-present
  • Editor and author, Immigration Prof Blog
  • Board Member and Korematsu Institute Advisor, Asian Law Caucus, Mar. 2002-present
  • Professor of Law, University of California at Davis, 2000-2010
  • Visiting Professor, University of California at Davis, 1997-2000
  • Of Counsel, Baker & McKenzie law firm, June 1996-June 2007
  • Visiting Professor, University of California at Berkeley Law School, 1996-1997
  • Acting Executive Director, East Palo Alto Community Law Project, Jan. 1987-July 1987
  • Acting Professor and Associate Professor, Stanford Law School, July 1985-June 1997
  • Founder, Director, General Counsel, and Board Member, Immigrant Legal Resource Center, Feb. 1982-present
  • Associate Professor of Law, Golden Gate University Law Scool, Aug. 1979-June 1985
  • Adjunct Faculty Member, University of San Francisco School of Law, Sep. 1976-May 1979
  • Adjunct Faculty Member, New College School of Law, Sep. 1977-Dec. 1983
  • Staff Attorney and Director, Immigration Law Unit, San Francisco Neighborhood Legal Assistance Foundation, Nov. 1974-Sep. 1979
  • Bar memberships includes: State Bar of California (1974), Federal District Court of Northern California (Dec. 1974), Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (Feb. 1988), and US Supreme Court (July 1978)
  • JD, cum laude, University of San Francisco, 1974
  • AB, Psychology, University of California at Berkeley, 1971
  • National Advisory Committee, Black Alliance for Just Immigration, 2011-present
  • Appointed Member, California Commission on the Fair Administration of Justice, 2005-2008
  • Board Member, Migration Policy Institute, 2001-2009
  • Board Member, Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy, 2000-2005
  • Board Member, Asian Pacific Fund, 1999-2004
  • National Advisory Council, Asian American Justice Center, 1997-present
  • Advisory Board member, Emma Lazarus Fund of the Open Society Institute, 1996-2000
  • Member, Committee on Immigrant Children and Family Health, National Research Council, 1996-1998
  • Member, Citizens’ Advisory Panel of the Department of Justice, 1995-1999
  • Board Member, Rosenberg Foundation, 1994-2004
  • Consultant, Leadership Education for Asian Pacific American, Asian Pacific Policy Insitute, 1994-2000
  • Co-Founder and Chair, Asian Americans for Quality Education, 1993
  • Immigration Advisory Committee, Asiam American Legal Defense and Education Fund, 1992-2000
  • Advisory Committee, Immigration Policy Project, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 1990-1993