Blaine Bookey

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Legal Director | Adjunct Professor of Law

Pronouns: she/her

Blaine oversees strategic litigation, policy and advocacy, and research on behalf of refugees and asylum seekers, as well as provision of technical assistance and training to attorneys across the country. Blaine also teaches courses in human rights as an Adjunct Professor at UC Law San Francisco.

Prior to joining CGRS, Blaine served as a law clerk to the Honorable Dolores K. Sloviter of the Third Circuit and as a fellow with the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux in Port au Prince, Haiti. Before law school, she worked as an immigration paralegal for several years. 

Languages: Spanish, Haitian Creole, French


University of Oxford Faculty of Law, MSc in International Human Rights
Law Candidate (expected completion 2024)

UC Law San Francisco, J.D., summa cum laude, Order of the Coif
Editor-in-Chief of the Hastings International and Comparative Law Review
Judicial Extern at the Executive Office for Immigration Review

Northwestern University, B.A. in Social Policy and Gender Studies

Admitted to practice law in California.


2020 Top Women Lawyers in California, Daily Journal

2016 David Carliner Public Interest Award, American Constitution Society

Service to the Community

Selected Publications and Commentary