Mary Holper is an Associate Clinical Professor and Director of the Immigration Clinic at Boston College Law School. Prior to joining the BCLS faculty, Professor Holper was an Associate Professor of Law at Roger Williams University School of Law in Rhode Island, where she founded and directed the Roger Williams University School of Law Immigration Clinic.
Professor Holper previously worked at BCLS supervising students in the school’s immigration clinics. From 2008-2009, she was a Visiting Assistant Professor at BCLS. She also was a detention fellow for the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) at the Boston College Immigration and Asylum Project at BCLS from 2005-07, and a Human Rights Fellow for the Boston College Center for Human Rights and International Justice from 2007-08. She began her career as an Equal Justice Works Fellow at the Capital Area Immigrants' Rights (CAIR) Coalition in Washington, D.C. Throughout her career, she has represented immigration detainees who face removal and has participated in impact litigation challenging the overuse of mandatory detention and indefinite detention and the classification of certain crimes as “aggravated felonies” in immigration law. In addition, Professor Holper has represented other vulnerable noncitizen populations such as refugees, juveniles, victims of domestic violence, and victims of violent crime. Professor Holper has spoken on numerous panels about immigration issues, particularly on the intersection of immigration law and crimes and removal proceedings. She also has written and co-authored articles for various handbooks, reference guides, and law reviews regarding immigration issues.