Elora Mukherjee

Associate Clinical Professor of Law

Columbia University

Elora Mukherjee joined the Columbia Law School faculty as an associate clinical professor of law in July 2014. She previously served as a clinical teaching fellow and lecturer-in-law and was an instructor in the Mass Incarceration Clinic with Professor Brett Dignam.

Mukherjee is director of the Law School’s Immigrants’ Rights Clinic, which provides high-quality legal representation to immigrants detained at two New Jersey detention centers. In addition to representing individuals, students in the Immigrants’ Rights Clinic collaborate with local and national immigrants’ rights organizations on regulatory and legislative reforms, impact litigation, grassroots advocacy, and strategic planning. Mukherjee also advises students participating in a Law School partnership with Kids in Need of Defense, a nonprofit that provides legal representation to unaccompanied minors in immigration proceedings.

Before joining Columbia Law School, Mukherjee was a staff attorney at the ACLU Racial Justice Program. In that capacity, her work included serving as lead counsel in a suit that successfully reformed Nebraska’s ballot access laws; serving as lead counsel in a class action suit challenging racial profiling and abuse of civil asset forfeiture laws in east Texas; organizing a multi-faceted litigation and advocacy campaign in Michigan to challenge debtors’ prisons; challenging Michigan’s failure to provide adequate indigent defense services; challenging the failure of a Louisiana parish to provide adequate indigent defense services; working on Sheff v. O’Neill, a Hartford-region desegregation case; serving as counsel in cases challenging anti-immigrant state laws in Alabama, Georgia, and Utah; and helping to coordinate efforts to reduce racial profiling nationwide. From 2006 to 2007, Mukherjee served as the Marvin M. Karpatkin Fellow at the ACLU Racial Justice Program, working on all aspects of investigating, litigating, and settling suits for immigrant children detained under prison-like conditions at the T. Don Hutto detention center in Texas, among other matters.

Mukherjee is a founder and director of the Refugee Reunification Project, which provides grants to help refugee families purchase plane tickets to safety in the United States; a director of the Fair Housing Justice Center, which seeks to build open and inclusive communities; and a director of Warm Heart, a community-based, development organization serving rural northern Thailand.

From 2007 to 2010, Mukherjee was an associate at Emery Celli Brinckerhoff & Abady where she litigated a broad range of civil rights cases, including dozens of cases involving police misconduct, prisoners’ rights, and housing and employment discrimination. She served as a law clerk for the Honorable Jan E. DuBois in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania from 2005 to 2006.