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Virgil Wiebe

Robins Kaplan Director of Clinical Education and Professor
Degree
LL.M., Georgetown University Law Center
J.D., New York University School of Law
M.Phil., Latin American Studies, Oxford University
B.A., Kansas State University
Office
MOH 100
Phone
(651) 962-4976
Toll Free
(800) 328-6819, Ext. 2-4976
Mail
1000 LaSalle Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55403
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Virgil Wiebe grew up in western Kansas and attended Kansas State University, where he received an Honors B.A. in geography and political science. As a Rhodes Scholar, he received an M.Phil. in Latin American studies from Oxford University with concentrations in geography and economics. Following time working with refugees in south Texas, he attended law school at New York University, where he was a Root-Tilden-Snow Public Interest Scholar, an International Law Fellow, and an editor of the NYU Journal of International Law and Politics.

After law school, Wiebe clerked for the Honorable James C. Francis, IV, federal magistrate judge in the Southern District of New York. He then served for four years as Director of Immigration Services and Supervising Attorney for Interfaith Community Services in New York City, a non-profit organization assisting refugees and immigrants. While at ICS, Wiebe represented hundreds of immigrants before the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service and in immigration court. There he also led efforts to create community-based immigration clinics in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn and Staten Island.

In 1999, Wiebe joined the Center for Applied Legal Studies at Georgetown University Law Center as an Advocacy Fellow. There he taught in the immigration clinic. In 2001, Wiebe was appointed visiting assistant professor at the University of Maryland School of Law, where he established an in-house immigration clinic and taught criminal law.

Wiebe has been an active participant in the efforts to curb the use of landmines and cluster bombs in armed conflicts. As a consultant to the Mennonite Central Committee, he has attended United Nations conferences on landmines and conventional weapons, and has addressed diplomats on international humanitarian law matters. He has also advised non-profit organizations on establishing immigration programs for low income communities. He is active in his local congregation and various professional organizations, serves pro bono clients, and frequently presents at continuing legal education (CLE) seminars.

As director of clinical education at UST School of Law, Professor Wiebe is one of the principal architects of the University’s unique Interprofessional Center for Counseling and Legal Services. At the Center, students from the schools of Law, Graduate Professional Psychology, and Social Work provide counseling and legal services to diverse and under-served populations.


Selected Publications 

Immigration Federalism in Minnesota, 2001-2016, Work in progress 2016 for Univ. of St. Thomas Law Journal

The Immigration Hotel, http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2528343 (accepted for publication 2016, Rutgers Univ. Law Rev.)

Called to be Snakebirds: Mennonite Historical Conditions as Inspiration for Peace Work, in Andrew Klager, ed., From Suffering to Solidarity: The Historical Seeds of Mennonite Interreligious, Interethnic, and International Peacebuilding (2015).

Oath Martyrs, British Journal of American Legal Studies, Spring 2013, http://www.bcu.ac.uk/_media/docs/BJALS-Volume-2-Issue-1.pdf

Virgil Wiebe & Sarah Brenes, Mental Health Professionals and Affirmative Applications for Immigration Benefits: A Critical Review of Administrative Appeals Office Cases involving Extreme Hardship and Mental Harm, Immigration Briefings, April 2011, http://ssrn.com/abstract=1923924.  

Virgil Wiebe, John Borrie, & Declan Smyth, Introduction, in Gro Nystuen & Stuart Casey-Maslen, ed., The Convention on Cluster Munitions: A Commentary (Oxford University Press 2010).

Virgil Wiebe, Declan Smyth, & Stuart Casey-Maslen, Article 1. General obligations and scope of application, in Gro Nystuen & Stuart Casey-Maslen, ed., The Convention on Cluster Munitions: A Commentary (Oxford University Press 2010). 

Pope Francis, “Reciprocal Subsidiarity” and the Rejection of Hostility towards Immigrants,  ImmigrationProf Blog, Sept. 24, 2015, http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/immigration/2015/09/pope-francis-reciprocal-subsidiarity-and-the-rejection-of-hostility-towards-immigrants-by-virgil-wie.html.

Patient-Physician Relationships as Exemplars for Legal Practice, Clinical Law Professors Blog, Sept. 21, 2015, http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/clinic_prof/2015/09/patient-physician-relationships-as-exemplars-for-legal-practice.html.

Practiced Resiliency: Joyful Jazz that drives out a Well Founded Fear, Clinical Law Professors Blog, Aug. 6, 2015, http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/clinic_prof/2015/08/practiced-resiliency-joyful-jazz-that-drives-out-a-well-founded-fear.html

Virgil Wiebe Curriculum Vitae

Fall 2017 Courses

Fall 2017 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
LAWS 832 - 01 Immigration Law - - W - F - - 0830 - 0955 MSL 238
CRN: 43244 3 Credit Hours Instructor: Jennifer B. Mojica, Virgil O. Wiebe This course will explore issues under the immigration, nationality and naturalization laws of the United States. Students will study the laws relating to refugees, political asylum, citizenship, and deportation. They will examine the social and political policy underpinnings of these laws as well as the constitutional basis of the power to control immigration and the constitutional rights of aliens seeking admission to or resisting deportation from the United States.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
LAWS 942 - 01 Clinic: Immigration Law Pr See Details * *
CRN: 43094 Instructor: Virgil O. Wiebe Students will represent immigrants seeking to improve their legal status in the United States and may handle political asylum applications, claims under the Violence Against Women Act, and other forms of immigration law relief. Students may conduct client interviews, engage in local and international fact investigation, draft immigration applications and client affidavits, work with expert witnesses, draft legal briefs, and represent clients before immigration judges and immigration-related divisions of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Enrollment by permission only.

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0900-1015M - - - - - -
1330-1455- T - R - - -
LAWS 945 - 01 Clinic:Adv Pract Immigratn - - - - - - - -
CRN: 43108 Instructor: Virgil O. Wiebe A small number of students who have completed a semester in the Clinic: Immigration Law Practice Group may be asked to participate in the clinic practice for a second semester by continuing client representation and providing assistance to new clinic students. Enrollment by permission only.

Schedule Details

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LAWS 950 - 24 Supervised Resrch & Writing - - - - - - - -
CRN: 43240 Instructor: Virgil O. Wiebe Under the supervision of a faculty member, a student may receive up to two hours of course credit for researching and writing a substantial paper on a topic of the student's own choosing. The student must receive the instructor's per- mission to enroll in this course and must meet periodically with the instructor for discussion, review and evaluation. Each faculty member may supervise the research of no more than five students each semester.

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J-Term 2018 Courses

J-Term 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location

Spring 2018 Courses

Spring 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
LAWS 942 - 01 Clinic: Immigration Law Pr See Details * *
CRN: 22702 6 Credit Hours Instructor: Virgil O. Wiebe Students will represent immigrants seeking to improve their legal status in the United States and may handle political asylum applications, claims under the Violence Against Women Act, and other forms of immigration law relief. Students may conduct client interviews, engage in local and international fact investigation, draft immigration applications and client affidavits, work with expert witnesses, draft legal briefs, and represent clients before immigration judges and immigration-related divisions of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Enrollment by permission only.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
0900-1015M - - - - - -
1330-1455- T - R - - -
LAWS 945 - 01 Clinic:Adv Pract Immigratn - - - - - - - -
CRN: 22704 Instructor: Virgil O. Wiebe A small number of students who have completed a semester in the Clinic: Immigration Law Practice Group may be asked to participate in the clinic practice for a second semester by continuing client representation and providing assistance to new clinic students. Enrollment by permission only.

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LAWS 950 - 28 Supervised Resrch & Writing - - - - - - - -
CRN: 22835 Instructor: Virgil O. Wiebe Under the supervision of a faculty member, a student may receive up to two hours of course credit for researching and writing a substantial paper on a topic of the student's own choosing. The student must receive the instructor's per- mission to enroll in this course and must meet periodically with the instructor for discussion, review and evaluation. Each faculty member may supervise the research of no more than five students each semester.

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