Philip L. Torrey

Philip L. Torrey is the Director of the Harvard Law School Crimmigration Clinic and the
Managing Attorney of the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program (HIRC), as well as
a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School. The Crimmigration Clinic engages in federal appellate
litigation in the U.S. Courts of Appeals, the Board of Immigration Appeals, and state courts of
appeals as well as policy advocacy and direct representation. The Clinic’s litigation efforts have
focused on issues concerning when certain criminal convictions trigger the crime-based
grounds of removal, the criminalization of border arrivals, and the crime-based bars to asylum
and other forms of humanitarian protection. Torrey’s research focuses on the intersection of
criminal law and immigration, including the immigration system’s mandatory detention regime,
and the private prison industry. His scholarship has been published in law journals, practitioner
guides, and online fora with the Harvard Law Review, Michigan Journal of Law Reform, the
Harvard Latinx Law Review, the Immigration and Nationality Law Review, Harvard Law Review
for Civil Rights-Civil Liberties, Harvard Law and Policy Review. He is also frequently cited in
major media outlets including the Washington Post, Boston Globe, U.S. News and World Report,
Al Jazeera, Huffington Post, and National Public Radio. Previously, Torrey was an attorney in the
Immigration Unit of Greater Boston Legal Services and a litigation associate at Skadden, Arps,
Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.