Professor of Law
B.A. Yale, 1974
J.D. UC Berkeley, 1978
UCLA Law Faculty since 2007
Hiroshi Motomura is an influential scholar and teacher of immigration and citizenship law. He is a co-author of two immigration-related casebooks: Immigration and Citizenship: Process and Policy (now in its sixth edition), and Forced Migration: Law and Policy, published in 2007. His book, Americans in Waiting: The Lost Story of Immigration and Citizenship in the United States, published in 2006 by Oxford University Press, won the Professional and Scholarly Publishing Award from the Association of American Publishers as the year’s best book in Law and Legal Studies, and was chosen by the U.S. Department of State for its Suggested Reading List for Foreign Service Officers. In addition, Professor Motomura has published many significant articles and essays on immigration and citizenship. He has testified as an immigration expert in the U.S. Congress, has served as co-counsel or a volunteer consultant in several cases in the U.S. Supreme Court and the federal appeals courts, has been a member of the American Bar Association’s Commission on Immigration, and is one of the co-founders of the Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network (RMIAN). He was appointed as an advisor to the Obama-Biden Transition Team's Working Group on Immigration Policy.
Before joining the permanent faculty of UCLA Law in 2008, Professor Motomura was a faculty member at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and before that at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He has been a visiting professor at Hokkaido University in Sapporo, Japan, the University of Michigan Law School, and UCLA. He was the first Lloyd Cutler Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin, and has served on the Board of Governors of the University of North Carolina Press.
In 1997, Professor Motomura was named President's Teaching Scholar, which is the highest teaching distinction at the University of Colorado, and he has won several other teaching awards, most recently the Distinguished Teaching Award for Post-Baccalaureate Instruction at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, in 2008.
Immigration and Citizenship: Process and Policy (with T.A. Aleinikoff, D. Martin, and M. Fullerton). 6th ed. Thompson West (2008). Prior editions: 5th, 2003; 4th, 1998; 3rd, 1995. With Teacher's Manual.
Forced Migration: Law and Policy (with D. Martin, T.A. Aleinikoff, & M. Fullerton). Thomson West (2007).
Americans In Waiting: The Lost Story of Immigration and Citizenship in the United States. Oxford Univ. Press (2006). Paperback edition: 2007.
Immigration and Nationality Laws of the United States: Selected Statutes, Regulations and Forms (edited by T.A. Aleinikoff et al.). Thompson West (2008). Prior editions: 2007, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1995. (Documentary supp. to Immigration and Citizenship: Process and Policy.)
Immigration Controls: The Search for Workable Solutions in the United States and Germany (edited by K. Hailbronner et al.). Berghahn Press (1998).
Immigration Admissions: The Search for Workable Solutions in the United States and Germany (edited by K. Hailbronner et al.). Berghahn Press (1997).
Articles and Book Chapters
Immigration Outside the Law, 108 Columbia Law Review 2037 (2008).
Choosing Immigrants, Making Citizens, 59 Stanford Law Review 857 (2007).
We Asked for Workers, But Families Came: Time, Law, and the Family in Immigration and Citizenship, 14 Virginia Journal of Social Policy & Law 103 (2006).
Immigration Law and Federal Court Jurisdiction Through the Lens of Habeas Corpus, 91 Cornell Law Review 459 (2006).
Brown v. Board of Education, Immigrants, and the Meaning of Equality, 49 New York Law School Law Review 1145 (2004).
Immigration and "We the People" After September 11, 66 Albany Law Review 413 (2003).
Judicial Review in Immigration Cases After AADC: Lessons From Civil Procedure, 14 Georgetown Immigration Law Journal 385 (2000).
The Year Is 2020: Looking Back on the Elian Gonzalez Case (A Fantasy), 77 Interpreter Releases 853 (2000).
Family Reunification in United States Immigration Law and Policy: The Limits of Congressional Power, in Einwanderungskontrolle Und Menschenrechte 83 (edited by K. Hailbronner & E. Klein, C.F. Müller Verlag, 1999).
Federalism, International Human Rights, and Immigration Exceptionalism, 70 University of Colorado Law Review 1361 (1999).
Alienage Classifications in a Nation of Immigrants: Three Models of Permanent Residence, in Immigration and Citizenship in the 21st Century 191 (edited by N. Pikus, Rowman & Littlefield, 1998).
Whose Immigration Law?: Citizens, Aliens, and the Constitution, 97 Columbia Law Review 1567 (1997) (review essay).
Whose Alien Nation?: Two Models of Constitutional Immigration Law, 94 Michigan Law Review 1927 (1996) (review essay).
Giving Due Deference to Due Deference: Or, Do Courts of Appeals Always Follow the BIA? (with N. Wettstein), in 2 American Immigration Lawyers Association, 1996-97 Immigration and Nationality Law Handbook 408 (edited by P. Murphy, 1996).
The Family and Immigration: A Roadmap for the Ruritanian Lawmaker, 43 American Journal of Comparative Law 511 (1995).
Immigration and Alienage, Federalism and Proposition 187, 35 Virginia Journal of International Law 201 (1994).
Haitian Asylum Seekers: Interdiction and Immigrants' Rights, 26 Cornell International Law Journal 695 (1993).
The Curious Evolution of Immigration Law: Procedural Surrogates for Substantive Constitutional Rights, 92 Columbia Law Review 1625 (1992).
Immigration Law After a Century of Plenary Power: Phantom Constitutional Norms and Statutory Interpretation, 100 Yale Law Journal 545 (1990).
Arbitration and Collateral Estoppel: Using Preclusion to Shape Procedural Choices, 63 Tulane Law Review 29 (1988).
Using Judgments as Evidence, 70 Minnesota Law Review 979 (1986).
Preclearance Under Section Five of the Voting Rights Act, 61 North Carolina Law Review 189 (1983).
Protecting Outside Shareholders in a Corporate Subsidiary: A Comparative Look at the Private and Judicial Roles in the United States and Germany, 1980 Wisconsin Law Review 61 (1980).
Haftungsprinzip, Haftungsbefreiung und Vertragsbeendigung beim internationalen Kauf (with Hans-Joachim Bartels), 43 Rabels Zeitschrift für ausländisches und internationales Privatrecht 649 (1979).
Employees and Independent Contractors Under the National Labor Relations Act, 2 Industrial Relations Law Journal 278 (1977).