Associate Dean for Clinical Programs and Experiential Learning, J. Alton Hosch Professor of Law & Community Health Law Partnership Clinic Director
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(706) 542-5556

University of Georgia
School of Law
227 Dean Rusk Hall
Athens, GA 30602
United States

Administrative Support

A.B., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
J.D., Brooklyn Law School


Community Health Law Partnership Clinic
Immigration Law

Biographical Information

Jason A. Cade currently serves as Associate Dean for Clinical Programs and Experiential Learning.  A member of the University of Georgia School of Law faculty since 2013, he was awarded a Hosch Professorship in 2019 and was promoted to the rank of full professor in 2022.

In addition to overseeing the law school’s 11 in-house clinics and 7 externship programs, Cade teaches immigration law courses and directs the school’s Community Health Law Partnership Clinic (Community HeLP), in which law students undertake an interdisciplinary approach to immigrants’ rights through individual client representation, litigation, and project-based advocacy before administrative agencies and federal courts.

Cade’s research explores: (1) the role of nonfederal actors and institutions in the modern immigration system, (2) intersections between immigration enforcement and criminal law, and (3) the legal framework for immigration policy activism. His work has been published by the Northwestern University Law Review, the UCLA Law Review, the Columbia Law Review, the New York University Law Review, the Fordham Law Review, the Washington & Lee Law Review, the UC Davis Law Review, the Indiana Law Journal, and the peer-reviewed interdisciplinary journal Studies in Law, Politics, and Society, among others. Cade’s scholarship has been cited in briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court, reprinted in anthologies and practitioner’s guides, used in law school curricula, and featured on JOTWELL.

In 2022, Cade received the University of Georgia Engaged Scholar Award, a university-level honor bestowed on one tenured faculty member each year whose scholarship and public service accomplishments have significantly advanced progress on issues of public concern. In 2021, he was a co-recipient of the Clinical Legal Education Association’s Award for Excellence in a Public Interest Case, in recognition of multi-faceted, collaborative advocacy on behalf of noncitizens alleging medical abuse and retaliation in a Georgia detention center.

Cade earned his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his law degree magna cum laude from the Brooklyn Law School, where he was executive articles editor of the Brooklyn Law Review, a Jerome Prince Scholar, and an Edward V. Sparer Public Interest Fellow. Following law school, he clerked for Judge Steven M. Gold in the Eastern District of New York. As a Skadden Public Interest Fellow at The Door, Cade played a central role in the expansion of New York family court guardianship jurisdiction and was lead counsel or amicus on several state court appeals concerning immigrant juveniles. After a two-year stint in a boutique immigration law firm, Cade served as acting assistant professor at the New York University School of Law, where he taught in the Lawyering Program from 2010 to 2013 and assisted in the Immigrant Rights Clinic.  

Publications & Activities


Challenging the Criminalization of Undocumented Drivers Through a Health Justice Framework, 41 Wisc. Int'l L.J. 326 (2024) (invited symposium piece). 

The Immigration Implications of Presidential Pot Pardons, 70 UCLA L. Rev. Disc. 266 (2023), selected for reprint in 44 Immig. & Nat'lity L. Rev. (forthcoming 2024) (anthology of seminal articles on immigration law from the previous year).

Creando un Mundo Nuevo (Creating a New World): Campesinos in the United States, in Latinx Mental Health: From Surviving to Thriving (E. Delgado-Romero, ed., 2023) (with M. Duran and others). 

"Water is Life!" (and Speech!): Death, Dissent and Democracy in the Borderlands, 96 Ind. L.J. 261 (2020).

All the Border's a Stage: Humanitarian Aid as Expressive Dissent, in 84 Stud. L., Pol. & Soc'y, Special Issue: Law and the Citizen 110 (Austin Sarat, ed., 2020) (peer reviewed).

Restoring the Statutory Safety-Valve for Immigrant Crime Victims: Premium Processing for Interim U Visa Benefits, 113 Nw. U. L. Rev. Online 120 (2019) (with M. Honeychurch).

Sanctuaries As Equitable Delegation in an Era of Mass Immigration Enforcement, 113 Nw. U. L. Rev. 433 (2018).

Judicial Review of Disproportionate (or Retaliatory) Deportation, 75 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. 1427 (2018), reprinted in 39 Immig. & Nat'lity L. Rev. 431 (anthology of seminal articles on immigration law from the prior year).

Five Steps to a Better U: Improving the Crime-fighting Visa, 21 Rich. Pub. Int. L. Rev. 85 (2018) (with M. Flanagan). 

Judging Immigration Equity: Deportation and Proportionality in the Supreme Court, 50 U.C. Davis L. Rev. 1029 (2017).

Enforcing Immigration Equity, 84 Fordham L. Rev. 661 (2015) (reviewed in JOTWELL).

Return of the JRAD, 90 N.Y.U. L. Rev. Online 36 (2015).

The Challenge of Seeing Justice Done in Removal Proceedings, 89 Tulane L. Rev. 1 (2014) reprinted in 35 Immig. & Nat'lity L. Rev. 307 (2016) (anthology of seminal articles on immigration law from the prior year).

Policing the Immigration Police: ICE Prosecutorial Discretion and the Fourth Amendment, 113 Colum. L. Rev. Sidebar 180 (2013).

The Plea Bargain Crisis for Noncitizens in Misdemeanor Court, 34 Cardozo L. Rev. 1751 (2013), reprinted in 34 Immig. & Nat'lity L. Rev. 597 (2015) (anthology of seminal articles on immigration law from the prior year).

Deporting the Pardoned, 46 U.C. Davis L. Rev. 355 (2012).

Narrative Preferences and Administrative Due Process, 14 Harv. Latino L. Rev. 156 (2011).

If the Shoe Fits: Kasky v. Nike and Whether Corporate Statements About Business Operations Should Be Deemed Commercial Speech, 70 Brook. L. Rev. 247 (2004).


Biden Must End Immigration Detainer Programs, The Progressive (Jan. 10, 2022) (with others) (link)

Escalating Jailhouse Immigration Enforcement: A Report on Detainers Issued by ICE Against Persons Held by Local Law Enforcement Agencies in Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina from 2016-2018, Project South (Dec. 2021) (with P. Sreenivasan & A. Shahshahani)

Teaching Tomorrow's Lawyers Through a (Semi-)Generalist, (Mostly-)Individual Client Poverty Law Clinic: Reflections on Five Years of the Community Health Law Partnership, 53 Ga. L. Rev. Online 143 (2019).

Pardons for immigrants: Legal, legitimate, and long overdue, Collateral Consequences Resource Center (Jan. 7, 2019).

Proportionality Lost? The Rise of Enforcement-Based Equity in the Deportation System and Its Limitations, 22 Ga. B.J. 16 (2017).

On Categorical Nonenforcement Decisions in Immigration Law, ImmigrationProf (Nov. 27, 2015) (invited essay for online symposium on U.S. v. Texas (5th Cir. 2015)).

Mellouli in the Context of the Modern Deportation System, Crimmigration: The Intersection of Criminal Law and Immigration Law (June 5, 2015) (invited essay for online symposium on Mellouli v. Holder (S. Ct. 2015)).

Proportionality in Immigration Reform Part II: Pardons, Expungements, and Deferred Adjudications, Crimmigration: The Intersection of Criminal Law and Immigration Law (May 30, 2013).

Proportionality in Immigration Reform Part I: Aggravated Felonies, Crimmigration: The Intersection of Criminal Law and Immigration Law (May 28, 2013).


Practice Advisory: Advocating for Immigrant Survivors of Medical Abuse at the Irwin County Detention Center, NATIONAL IMMIGRATION PROJECT-NATIONAL LAWYER'S GUILD (May 4, 2021) (with others) (link).

Marinelarena v. Sessions, No. 14-72003 (9th Cir. 2018) (en banc) (co-counsel for amici curiae Immigration Law Professors)