Karla McKanders
University of Tennessee College of Law
1505 West Cumberland Ave
Knoxville, TN 37996
Work Phone: (865)974-5710
Fax Phone: (865)974-6782
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Professor McKanders joined the faculty as an Associate Professor in 2008. She came to Tennessee from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where she served was a Reuschlein Clinical Teaching Fellow in the Clinic for Refugee Asylum and Emigrant Services (“CARES”), a law student clinical course where students handled asylum cases before immigration judges, asylum officers and the Board of Immigration Appeals. The students engaged in bi-weekly seminar on substantive and procedural asylum law geared towards improving their written and oral advocacy skills. Prior to joining Villanova, she clerked for the Honorable Damon J. Keith of the United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. In 2003, she also was an Associate with a law firm in Michigan specializing labor and employment law. Her research focuses on civil rights, immigration and asylum law and policy. Among her writings she has explored the constitutionality of recent state and local laws targeting immigrants as well as the legal connections between past discriminatory laws and current anti-immigrant legislation. She has also co-authored with other immigration professors an extensive report on proposed reforms to the immigration system (link to SALT WEBSITE). Professor McKanders is currently a Fellow at the University of Tennessee’s Center for the Study of Social Justice in the Migration and Refugee Studies group.

Additional Information

TBA Membership Status: Member : 2014 - 2015
Legal Education: Duke School of Law
Year Licensed: 2003
Year Licensed in Tennessee: 2011
Other Licenses: Michigan
Section Membership(s): Young Lawyers Division, Immigration Law Section, Access to Justice Committee, TBA Members
Practice Areas/Areas of Interest: Immigration Law