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News Posted on August 14, 2013

Professor Soucek Cited by U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

Research by Professor Brian Soucek is cited in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth District case Umana-Ramos v. Holder.

The court, following the argument of Soucek's paper, "Social Group Asylum Claims: A Second Look at the New Visibility Requirement" (29 Yale L. & Pol'y Rev. 337), "interpret[ed its] precedents as using social visibility to refer to the social salience of the group in a society, or in other words, whether the set of individuals with the shared characteristic would be perceived as a group by society- not whether a group's individual members are recognizable ‘on-sight' by others in the community."

In addition, Soucek's draft article, "Perceived Homosexuals: Looking Gay Enough for Title VII," was selected for presentation at the Lavender Law Junior Scholars Forum, held in connection with the National LGBT Bar Association's annual meeting in San Francisco, CA on August 23. Professor Courtney Joslin is one of the Forum's organizers.

Professor Soucek holds a JD from Yale Law School and a PhD from Columbia University. Prior to law school, he taught as Collegiate Assistant Professor and Chair of the Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts at the University of Chicago. He has clerked for U.S. District Court Judge Mark. R. Kravitz in Connecticut, and Judge Guido Calabresi of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. His primary teaching and research interests are discrimination law, civil procedure, constitutional law, the regulatory state, and immigration law.