Stephen H. Legomsky

Faculty

Stephen H. Legomsky

John S. Lehmann University Professor

Education

B.S. in Mathematics, 1969, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
J.D., 1977, University of San Diego
D. Phil., 1984, University of Oxford

Curriculum Vitae

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Publications

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Assistant

Carol Sharp - (314) 935-6474

Phone / Email

Phone: (314) 935-6469
E-mail: legomsky@wulaw.wustl.edu 

Office

Anheuser-Busch Hall, Room 578

Courses Taught

Immigration Law
Criminal Law
Torts
International Human Rights
International Criminal Law
International Legal Process

Profile

Professor Stephen H. Legomsky is an authority on U.S., comparative, and international immigration, refugee, and citizenship law and policy. He recently returned from a two-year leave of absence serving as Chief Counsel of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the immigration services agency in the Department of Homeland Security.  His latest book, Immigration and Refugee Law and Policy (co-authored starting with the current fifth edition), has been the required text at 176 law schools since its inception. His other books, published by the Oxford University Press, include Immigration and the Judiciary – Law and Politics in Britain and America, and Specialized Justice.  Professor Legomsky is the founding director of the law school’s Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute.  He has testified before Congress on several occasions and has served as a consultant to the transition teams of Presidents Clinton and Obama, to the first President Bush’s Commissioner of Immigration, to the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, and to several foreign governments, on immigration and refugee policies. A former actuary, he graduated first in his class at the University of San Diego School of Law (Day Division), clerked for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and headed a division of the Ninth Circuit central legal staff.  He has won several awards, including the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s annual award, given to one immigration law professor in the United States, and Washington University’s Arthur Holly Compton Award, given annually to one university faculty member for career accomplishments. A member of the American Law Institute, he founded and chaired the Immigration Law Section of the Association of American Law Schools and has chaired the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s Law Professor’s Committee and the Refugee Committee of the American Branch of the International Law Association. Professor Legomsky has been appointed to visiting positions at Oxford University, Cambridge University, and other universities in the United States, Mexico, New Zealand, Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Austria, Australia, Suriname, Singapore, Israel, and Portugal.