Ms. Marisa S. Cianciarulo
Professor, Director, Family Violence Clinic
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- The Catholic University of America, Bachelor of Arts
American University, Master of Arts
American University, Juris Doctor in Law
- Professor Marisa S. Cianciarulo is a specialist in clinical teaching and immigration law with a human rights focus. She is the Director of Chapman's Family Violence Clinic, which she launched in 2007. Professor Cianciarulo taught in the Villanova Clinic for Asylum, Refugee and Emigrant Services for three years prior to joining the faculty at Chapman. She previously served as a Staff Attorney with the American Bar Association's Commission on Immigration in Washington, D.C., was a partner in a law firm specializing in immigration matters, and served as interim legal director of a non-profit immigration services provider in Arlington, Virginia. Professor Cianciarulo received her B.A. from the Catholic University of America, her J.D. from American University Washington College of Law, and her M.A. from American University School of International Service. She teaches Civil Procedure, the Family Violence Clinic, Gender & the Law, and Refugee Law. She publishes on the intersection of gender and immigration with an emphasis on vulnerable immigrant populations.
Courses Taught: Civil Procedure, Family Violence Clinic and Gender & the Law, and Refugee Law
- Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications
Batterers as Agents of the State: Challenging the Public/Private Distinction in Intimate Partner Violence-Based Asylum Claims, 35 HARVARD JOURNAL OF LAW & GENDER 117 (2012).
The “Arizonification” of Immigration Law: Implications of U.S. Chamber of Commerce v. Whiting for State and Local Immigration Legislation, 15 HARVARD LATINO LAW REVIEW 85 (2012).
U.S. Immigration Law: Where Antiquated Views on Gender and Sexual Orientation Go to Die, 55 WAYNE LAW REVIEW 1897 (2010) (symposium issue).
Pulling the Trigger: Separation Violence as a Basis for Refugee Protection for Battered Women, (co-authored with Dr. Claudia David), 59 AMERICAN UNIVERSITY LAW REVIEW 337 (2009).
What Is Choice? Examining Sex Trafficking Legislation through the Lenses of Rape Law and Prostitution, 6 UNIVERSITY OF ST. THOMAS LAW REVIEW 54 (2008) (symposium issue).
Can’t Live With ’Em, Can’t Deport ’Em: Why Immigration Reform Efforts Have Failed, 13 NEXUS JOURNAL 13 (2008) (symposium issue).
The Trafficking and Exploitation Victims Assistance Program: A Proposed Early Response Plan for Victims of International Human Trafficking in the United States 38 NEW MEXICO LAW REVIEW 373 (2008).
Modern-Day Slavery and Cultural Bias: Proposals for Reforming the U.S. Visa System for Victims of International Human Trafficking, 7 NEVADA LAW JOURNAL 826 (2007) (symposium issue) reprinted in G. CHANDANA, ED., HUMAN TRAFFICKING: A SOCIO-LEGAL STUDY 106 (2008).
Counterproductive and Counterintuitive Counterterrorism: The Post-September 11 Treatment of Refugees and Asylum Seekers, 84 DENVER UNIVERSITY LAW REVIEW 1121 (2007) (symposium issue).
Terrorism and Asylum Seekers: Why the Real ID Act is a False Promise, 43 HARVARD JOURNAL ON LEGISLATION 101 (2006), excerpted in KAREN MUSALO, JENNIFER MOORE & RICHARD A. BOSWELL, REFUGEE LAW AND POLICY: A COMPARATIVE AND INTERNATIONAL APPROACH (4th ed. 2011).
The W Visa: A Legislative Proposal for Female and Child Refugees Trapped in a Post-9/11 World, 17 YALE JOURNAL OF LAW & FEMINISM 459 (2005).