David Baluarte Assistant Clinical Professor of Law and Director, Immigrant Rights Clinic

David Baluarte

Sydney Lewis Hall 270

Professor David C. Baluarte joined Washington and Lee as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Law in 2013. Professor Baluarte is the Director of the Immigrant Rights Clinic, a semester long practical lawyering experience available to 3L students at W&L as part of the third-year curriculum. Through live representation of immigrant clients, Professor Baluarte teaches students about the lawyering skills, values, and knowledge necessary to succeed in the legal profession. Professor Baluarte teaches and writes about topics ranging from immigration, refugees and stateless persons, and transnational law with a specific focus on international human rights law and practice.

Before coming to W&L, Professor Baluarte was a Practitioner-in-Residence and Arbenz Fellow in the International Human Rights Law Clinic (IHRLC) at American University Washington College of Law. In addition to his clinical teaching responsibilities in that capacity, Professor Baluarte managed projects and consulted for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Open Society Justice Initiative (OSJI). 

Before beginning his teaching career, Professor Baluarte served as a staff attorney in the Immigration Unit the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and as a staff attorney at the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL).  Professor Baluarte earned his J.D. from American University Washington College of Law, where he was a Public Interest and Public Service (PIPS) Scholar, and his B.A. from Brown University.


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