Annie Lai is a Clinical Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Immigrant Rights Clinic at the University of California, Irvine School of Law. The Immigrant Rights Clinic specializes in providing direct representation to immigrants on matters ranging from detention and deportation defense to workplace exploitation and protection of civil and constitutional rights of immigrants. The clinic also provides legal support to grassroots organizations working on critical issues affecting low-income immigrants in the region. Prior to joining the faculty at UCI, Professor Lai served as a Clinical Teaching Fellow and Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School and practiced as a staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Arizona and the Urban Justice Center Community Development Project in New York. Professor Lai received her JD from the NYU Law and her BA from Duke University.