Blaine Bookey

Co-Legal Director

As Co-Legal Director at CGRS, Blaine helps oversee strategic litigation, policy advocacy, and research on behalf of refugees and asylum seekers as well as provision of technical assistance and training to attorneys across the country. In addition, Blaine has also taught as an Adjunct Professor at UC Hastings and Chairs of the Board of Directors for the international women's rights organization MADRE. Prior to joining CGRS, Blaine served as a law clerk to the Honorable Dolores K. Sloviter, United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and as a fellow with the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti/Bureau des Avocats Internationaux in Port au Prince. She is a graduate of Hastings, summa cum laude, Order of the Coif, where she was Editor-in-Chief of the International and Comparative Law Review and Judicial Extern at the Executive Office for Immigration Review. Before law school, she worked as an immigration paralegal for several years. She also holds an undergraduate degree in Social Policy and Gender Studies from Northwestern University.  Blaine speaks Spanish, Haitian Creole, and French.  

Blaine received the 2016 David Carliner Public Interest Award for her work on behalf of marginalized communities.