Evelyn Cruz is a clinical professor of law, teaches immigration law and comprehensive law practice, and directs Sandra Day O'Connor's College of Law’s Immigration Law and Policy Clinic, which represents unaccompanied minors in immigration removal proceedings and received the 2007 President’s Medal for Social Embeddedness at ASU.
Professor Cruz writes articles about immigration law, clinical education and therapeutic jurisprudence, and has co-authored several immigration law manuals used by immigration practitioners and pro-se detainees at Immigration Detention Centers throughout the country. She also comments at ImmigrationProf Blog, A Member of the Law Professor Blog Network. Professor Cruz’s paper, "Competent Voices: Noncitizen Defendants and the Right to Know the Immigration Consequences of Plea Agreements," discusses the Sixth Amendment’s right to effective assistance of counsel in relation to the criminal prosecution of undocumented workers arrested at the 2009 Postville, Iowa immigration raids and the pending Supreme Court case Padilla v. Kentucky. The article appeared in the Harvard Latino Law Review (2010).
Before joining ASU in 2005, Professor Cruz was the Robert M. Cover Clinical Teaching Fellow at Yale Law School, and an adjunct professor at both Golden Gate University School of Law and New College School of Law in San Francisco. She is a former staff attorney for the Immigration Legal Resource Center in San Francisco, and former acting director of Centro Legal de la Raza in Oakland, and she was an associate for the Law Offices of Francisco J. Barba in San Francisco.