Who We Are
Nina Rabin is Assistant Clinical Professor of Law at the University of Arizona, Co-Director of the Immigration Law Clinic, and Director of the Bacon Immigration Law and Policy Program. She has a joint affiliation with the Southwest Institute of Research on Women
at the University of Arizona, where she is Director of Border Research. Her work focuses on the impact of immigration and border policies on women's rights. She directs projects that provide direct legal services to low-wage immigrant women workers and women in immigration detention facilities. At the same time, her projects undertake policy research and advocacy that grow out of these direct services. Prior to her work in Arizona, Ms. Rabin clerked for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and practiced in a civil rights law firm in California. She graduated from Yale Law School in 2003.
Tiana O'Konek joined the Bacon Immigration Law and Policy Program as the Clinical Law Fellow in August 2011. In this two year fellowship, Tiana focuses on legal advocacy for immigrant workers in Tucson through direct legal services and policy research. As the primary supervising attorney for the Tucson Immigrant Workers' Project , Tiana represents and supervises law students' representation of low-wage immigrant workers in employment matters, as well as coordinating and conducting workshops and trainings for low-wage immigrant workers and their advocates. Tiana's current research focuses on the working conditions of low-wage immigrant women workers in Tucson. Prior to joining the University of Arizona, Tiana conducted research on gender and HIV with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), advocated for farmworkers with the United Farm Workers (UFW) and practiced law in Portland, Maine. Tiana is a graduate of Bowdoin College (A.B. Spanish), the University of Iowa College of Law (J.D.) and the London School of Economics (LL.M., human rights law).
Patricia Manning is Immigrant Social Services Coordinator and Advocate for the Bacon Law and Policy Program. She is jointly affiliated with the Southwest Institute for Research on Women. In her work as Immigrant Social Services Coordinator and Adovocate, Patricia provides social services to immigrant women detained in Eloy Detention Center. She also works to empower detained women and help them develop their own advocacy skills to better address both their individual and family needs while they are detained. Patricia has extensive experience working not only throughout Mexico and the border region, but in Central America as well, where during the 1980's she lived in Nicaragua and worked with various peace, solidarity and human rights organizations. As part of her ongoing commitment to non-academic communities she has worked with organizations dedicated to immigrant rights, mental health advocacy, women's health among underserved populations, prison reform, and non-violent social change.
Joseph M. Livermore Professor of Law and Director of Clinical Program
Co-Director, Immigration Clinic
Last Updated: 06/27/2012