Diane Uchimiya, JD, LLM
Diane Uchimiya, JD, LLM

Diane Uchimiya, JD, LLM

Assistant Professor
Director, Abrahams Legal Clinic
Endowed Chair, The Connie Kearney Endowed Chair in Clinical Legal
School of Law

Academic Appointments


  • Assistant Professor


Professor Diane Uchimiya joined Creighton University in 2020 from the University of La Verne College of Law in California. Professor Uchimiya has significant practice experience, as well as more than 15 year of clinical law teaching experience. She practiced immigration law for more than ten years—eight in private practice and two as an Advocacy Fellow/Advising Attorney with the Center for Applied Legal Studies(CALS) at the Georgetown University Law Center. In 2008, Professor Uchimiya founded the Justice and Immigration Clinic (JIC) at La Verne Law.  She is a member of the State Bar of California and the District of Columbia and is admitted to the United States Supreme Court, and she has been a longstanding member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. She has an LL.M. from Georgetown University Law Center, her J.D. from University of California, Hastings, and her B.A. from University of California, Los Angeles. In 2020, Professor Uchimiya’s article, A Blackstone's Ratio for Asylum: Fighting Fraud While Preserving Procedural Due Process for Asylum Seekers, 26 Pa. St. Int'l L. Rev. 383 (2007), was cited by the United States Supreme Court in Department of Homeland Security v. Thuraissigiam, 140 S. Ct. 1959 (2020).