Yolanda Vázquez

Yolanda Vázquez

Professor - University of Cincinnati School of Law

Yolanda Vázquez joined the University of Cincinnati College of Law faculty in 2012 where she teaches immigration law, “crimmigration,” and criminal procedure.  Prior to joining the faculty, Professor Vázquez taught at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Villanova Law School and the William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.

Professor Vázquez’ research examines the incorporation of immigration law into the criminal justice system.  Her scholarship has focused on the role of criminal courts and the duties of defense lawyers in advising noncitizen defendants on the immigration consequences of a criminal conviction. She has argued that criminal defense attorneys have a duty to advise their noncitizen clients on this issue, an argument which the United States Supreme Court agreed with in Padilla v. Kentucky, a case in which she assisted.  In 2011, she was awarded the Jack Wasserman Memorial Award for Excellence in Litigation in the Field of Immigration Law in recognition of her work in Padilla.