Adrián E. Alvarez joined the faculty in 2020 to teach Lawyering Skills, Professional Responsibility, and to develop a course on disability and the law. After graduating from the University of Texas at Austin with high honors, he completed an MPA at the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs and a J.D., cum laude from American University Washington College of Law (WCL). From 2017 to 2020, Professor Alvarez returned to WCL to serve as Practitioner-in-Residence with the Disability Rights Law Clinic, where he supervised student attorneys in special education cases and co-taught the clinic seminar.
Prior to teaching, Professor Alvarez worked as an attorney for Children’s Law Center’s medical legal partnership, where he litigated special education, housing, and health care access cases on behalf of patient families at community health clinics in Washington, D.C. Professor Alvarez was also the Goldberg-Robb Attorney at Public Justice, P.C., a public interest law firm, and a federal law clerk to the Honorable David Briones of the Western District of Texas (El Paso Division).
Prior to working as an attorney, Professor Alvarez was a humanitarian aid work with Catholic Relief Services in Freetown, Sierra Leone, after the country’s civil war, and in Batticaloa, Sri Lanka, in the year and a half following the 2004 Tsunami. Professor Alvarez was also a researcher for Justiça Global, a human rights organization based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Professor Alvarez focuses his scholarship on disability and its intersection with immigration and family law, especially with regard to unaccompanied immigrant children. He has forthcoming articles in the St. John’s Law Review and the online companion to the Arizona State Law Journal.