Margaret Taylor

Margaret Taylor

Professor of Law

Margaret Taylor is well known for her teaching and research on immigration detention policy and the deportation of criminal offenders. She is a recipient of the school's Joseph Branch Excellence in Teaching Award and of the Elmer Fried Excellence in Teaching Award from the American Immigration Lawyers Association. She has testified on immigration detention before Congress and the U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform. She served as chair of the AALS section on Immigration Law, was appointed to the American Bar Association's Commission on Immigration, and served on the Advisory Board of the Appearance Assistance Program of the Vera Institute of Justice. She is the author of numerous articles, book chapters, symposium and other presentations. Before teaching, Margaret clerked for Judge Jerre S. Williams of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and practiced law in Austin, Texas. In March 2004, Margaret and her work were profiled in an article published in Wake Forest Magazine.Read more »


  • JD, Yale Law School, 1988
  • Visiting Student, University of Texas School of Law, 1985
  • BA, University of Texas at Austin, 1985


Book Chapters

  • Refugee Roulette in an Administrative Law Context: The Déjà Vu of Decisional Disparities in Agency Adjudication, in Refugee Roulette: Disparities in Asylum Adjudication and Proposals for Reform (J. Ramji-Nogales, A. Schoenholtz, and P. Schrag ed. 2009).
  • Demore v. Kim: Judicial Deference to Congressional Folly, in Immigration Stories (David A. Martin and Peter H. Schuck, ed. 2005).
  • The 1996 Immigration Act: Detention and Related Issues, in Interpreter Releases 209 (1997).
  • Symbolic Detention, in In Defense of the Aliens 153 (1997).




Margaret Taylor
Contact Information

Worrell 3308
  • Administrative Law
  • Immigration Law
  • Legislation & Regulation
  • Torts