Erin B. Corcoran
Executive Director, Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership and Public Policy
Professor of Law
Erin. B. Corcoran is the University of New Hampshire School of Law’s first full-time Executive Director of the Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership and Public Policy.
Guided by Senator Rudman’s values, the Rudman Center trains lawyers to be effective leaders who will work across disciplines to solve complex and vexing public policy questions facing states, this country, and the world.
Students involved in the Center’s work are immersed in experiential learning, legal training and research projects to develop the expertise needed to advance sound public policy solutions and advocate effectively for their clients in their specific field of study. In addition, the Center provides opportunities to promote dialogue among scholars, policy makers and service providers about pressing contemporary issues.
In her classes, including Administrative Process and Immigration Law, Professor Corcoran demonstrates how legislation, administrative rules, and the courts are instrumental in shaping public policy. Students engage in problem-based learning that draws from current issues including: comprehensive immigration reform, the federal debt and deficit, and access to legal services for vulnerable populations.
In 2011, she was appointed to the New Hampshire Supreme Court’s Access to Justice Committee, and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the American Bar Association, and the Society for American Law Teachers. In addition, she provides pro bono representation to low income individuals through the New Hampshire Bar’s Pro Bono initiative and co-authored Representing Unaccompanied Children: Training Manual for KIND Pro Bono Attorneys.
Professor Corcoran’s scholarship and presentations center on protecting non-citizens through systemic changes to the immigration system including providing government funded non-attorney legal representation and professionalizing the immigration prosecutors’ office.
Before joining UNH Law, Professor Corcoran was professional staff for the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations. Prior to working on the Appropriations Committee, Corcoran served as Counsel to U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski. Professor Corcoran also served as Staff Attorney for Human Rights First, where she managed the Washington D.C. Asylum Representation Program. In addition, She worked for the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society in New York City representing detained and non-detained refugees seeking asylum in the United States. Professor Corcoran was a consultant to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Zambia.
Professor Corcoran has taught at George Washington College of Law, American University, Washington College of Law, and has spent several years as Public Interest Law Scholar Mentor at Georgetown University Law Center.