Professor of Law
John and Frances Angelos Law Center, Room 509
Administrative Assistant: Deborah Pinkham
John and Frances Angelos Law Center, Room 502
J.D., magna cum laude, Georgetown University Law Center, 2004
M.P.A., Princeton University, 1998
B.A., magna cum laude, Carleton College, 1994
Areas of Expertise
Clinical Legal Education
Immigration and Naturalization Law
Keyes, an expert in immigration and asylum law, joined the UBalt Law faculty in 2012. She teaches Immigration Law, Professional Responsibility, and Introduction to Lawyering Skills/Civil Procedure. In all her teaching, she has a passion for deepening law students' analytical and lawyering skills so that they will thrive in the legal profession. She also directed UBalt Law's Immigrant Rights Clinic for 10 years.
Keyes' scholarship currently focuses on the challenges of climate migration, which grew out of her intense interest in the legal and procedural gaps in access to refugee protection in the United States.
Prior to joining the law school faculty, Keyes was a practitioner-in-residence with the Immigrant Justice Clinic at American University Washington College of Law. Prior to teaching, she practiced at legal service organizations whose work with immigrants crossed a spectrum of legal needs and lawyering strategies, at the intersections of immigration law with employment and family law. Prior to attending law school, Keyes worked in the field of international development, with such organizations as the World Bank and Catholic Relief Services.
Keyes is admitted to the Maryland bar, is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, and speaks French and Spanish. She received her J.D., magna cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center and her Master in Public Affairs from Princeton University. She graduated magna cum laude from Carleton College with a degree in African Development Studies.
Articles and Essays
Elizabeth Keyes, Environmental Refugees? Rethinking What’s in a Name, 44 N. CAR. J. OF INT’L L. 461 (2019).
Elizabeth Keyes, Unconventional Refugees, 67 AM. U. L. REV. 89 (2017).
Elizabeth Keyes, Evolving Contours of Immigration Federalism: The Case of Migrant Children,19 Harvard Latino L. Rev. 33 (2016).
Elizabeth Keyes, Deferred Action: Considering What is Lost, 55 Washburn L. J. 129 (2016).
Elizabeth Keyes, Zealous Advocacy: Pushing Against the Borders in Immigration Litigation, 45 Seton Hall L. J. 475 (2015).
Elizabeth Keyes, David Koelsch, Alejandro Posadas, Clinical Legal Education: A (Brief)
Comparison of the Evolving Structures and Pedagogy
Defining American: The DREAM Act, Immigration Reform and Citizenship, 14 Nev. L.J. 102 (2013).
Examining Maryland’s Views on Immigrants and Immigration, 43 U. Balt. L. Forum 1 (2012).
Beyond Saints and Sinners: Discretion and the Need for New Narratives in the U.S. Immigration System, 26 GEO. Immigr. L. J. 207 (2012).
CASA of Maryland and the Battle Regarding Human Trafficking and Domestic Worker Rights, 7 U. Mary. L. J. Race, Religion, Gender and Class 14 (2008) (symposium edition)
Meeting the Legal Needs of Human Trafficking Victims: An Introduction for Domestic Violence Attorneys and Advocates, Jean Bruggeman and Elizabeth Keyes (Amanda Kloer, Irena Lieberman and Robin Runge, eds.), ABA Commission on Domestic Violence (2008)
Accountability in the Aftermath of Rwanda’s Genocide, Elizabeth Keyes and Jason Strain in Accountability for Atrocities (Jane Stromseth, ed., 2003)
Expansion and Restriction: Competing Pressures on United Kingdom Asylum Policy, 18 Geo. Immigr. L. J. 395 (2004)