Anna R. Welch
Libra Visiting Professor
Refugee & Human Rights Clinic

Anna Welch is the Libra Visiting Professor, overseeing Maine Law's Refugee and Human Rights Clinic and teaching the Immigration Law seminar. Professor Welch serves as a clinical professor and supervising attorney, as a classroom teacher and as an advisor to students who are interested in immigration law and human rights.

Professor Welch previously served as a Fellow at Stanford Law School, where she taught and supervised students within Stanford's Immigrants' Rights Clinic.

A Maine native, Professor Welch graduated with honors and highest distinction from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she studied journalism and Spanish. Professor Welch then went to the Washington College of Law at American University. She graduated summa cum laude, order of the coif, and then went to Peru for a year, beginning in August of 2005, as a Fulbright Scholar. In Lima, Professor Welch worked with a non-profit organization to establish a public water management system in Chosica, one of the shantytowns known in the city as "pueblos jovenes.”

Professor Welch practiced at the law firm Verrill Dana in Portland, Maine, from 2006 to 2010. She was head of the firm's Immigration & Global Migration Group. She also served as a volunteer lawyer for the non-profit Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project in Portland. Professor Welch was instrumental in helping to expand ILAP's roster of pro bono lawyers for asylum cases. In 2008 she earned ILAP's "Attorney of the Year" honor. During her time at Verrill Dana, Professor Welch taught immigration law at Maine Law, as an adjunct professor. She also helped supervise student attorneys at the Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic. In 2010, Professor Welch spent time in Nairobi, Kenya, where she served as a refugee protection officer at RefugePoint (formerly Mapendo International).

Selected Publications

Dent v. Holder: Discovering the Previously Undiscoverable in Removal Proceedings (forthcoming).

The Urban Refugee Dilemma (forthcoming).

Comment, Obligations of State and Non-State Actors Regarding the Human Right to Water Under the South African Constitution, 5 SUSTAINABLE DEV. L. & POL’Y 58 (2005). [PDF]
Additional Publications
Deciphering the Alphabet Soup: U.S. Visa Categories for Foreign Athletes, 5 MOVES MAG., Jan. 2009, at 2 (co-authored with Paul J. Greene). [PDF]

Hiring Outside the H-1B Program,
L. 360, July 18, 2008.
Anna Welch

B.A., University of Colorado
J.D., American University, Washington College of Law


Office Phone: (207)228-8462
anna.r.welch@maine.edu


Research Interests:

Asylum & Refugee Law
Immigration Law
Clinical Education

Current Courses:

Immigration Law Seminar
Refugee & Human Rights Clinic


Curriculum Vitae