Barbara Hines is a famed immigration attorney and a clinical law professor at the University of Texas at Austin. She is co-director of the immigration clinic at the UT School of Law. A two-time Fulbright scholar, Hines has practiced immigration law since 1975, and has been involved in landmark litigation defending the constitutional and statutory rights of immigrants. She and her clinic received international attention in recent years for their work in drawing attention to the T. Don Hutto family detention center in Taylor, Texas, leading to a successful ACLU lawsuit that greatly improved conditions at the facility.
In 2000, Texas Lawyer Magazine named Barbara one of 100 Texas “Legal Legends” of the 20th century. This year the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild named her the 2010 recipient of its Carol Weiss King Award for excellence in the pursuit of social justice through organizing, litigating, and teaching.
In the early Seventies, Barbara Hines was active in the women’s movement and the movement against the War in Vietnam. She was also a contributor to Austin’s underground newspaper, The Rag.