GEOFFREY A. HOFFMAN
HARVARD LAW SCHOOL, LL.M. (2004)
TULANE LAW SCHOOL, J.D., cum laude (1997)
COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY, A.B., magna cum laude (1991) (Philosophy)
Immigration Form I-864 (Affidavit of Support) and Efforts to Collect Damages as Support Obligations
Against Divorced Spouses - What Practitioners Need to Know, FLORIDA BAR JOURNAL (October 2009).
Culture, Critique, and Commitment: The Dangerous and Counterproductive Paths of International Legal
Discourse, 29 NOVA LAW REVIEW 211 (2005).
In Search of an International Human Right to Receive Information, 25 LOY. L.A. INT'L & COMP. L. REV.
Racial Profiling in the Air After Sept. 11, NEW YORK LAW JOURNAL, Litigation Section, Apr. 15, 2002, at
The Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act, Chapter II, Consumer Actions,
CAUSES OF ACTION-2002, Spring 2002 (co-authored).
Conflicting Statutes of Limitation and Municipal Liability in Illinois, The Trial Journal, Illinois Trial
Lawyers’ Association, Summer 2001 (co-authored).
Ingalls Shipbuilding v. Director, Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs: The Supreme Court
Declares that under LHWCA Section 33(g) Survivors of Deceased Workers are not “Persons Entitled to
Compensation” Prior to Worker’s Death, 72 TUL. LAW. REV. 1033 (1998).
Whistleblower Protection: Is Retaliatory Discharge Allowed under the Employment-at-will Doctrine in
Admiralty? 21 TUL. MAR. L. J. 171 (1996).
The Sudden Demise of the "No Res, No Case" Rule in Rule B Maritime Attachment Proceedings:
Stevedoring Services of America v. Ancora Transport, N.V., 20 TUL. MAR. L. J. 175 (1995).
CLINICAL ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR and FACULTY SUPERVISOR 10/2009-current
University of Houston Immigration Clinic, University of Houston Law Center
Directing the Immigration Clinic and providing supervision to approximately 20 students over a variety of
KURZBAN KURZBAN WEINGER & TETZELI, Miami, Florida 6/2004-10/2009
Representing clients in removal and bond proceedings before the EOIR and on appeal before the BIA;
federal immigration-related litigation in the Eleventh and Ninth Circuits and United States District Courts
in Florida and California; handling a variety of immigration matters, including asylum, adjustment, and
naturalization, as well as issues involving international law and human rights law.
UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI SCHOOL OF LAW, Coral Gables, Florida 8/2004-8/2006
Taught Legal Research and Writing and Introduction to Advocacy
TULANE LAW SCHOOL, New Orleans, Lousiana 8/2002-6/2003
Fellow & Legal Writing
Taught two sections of Legal Research & Writing; Law and Literature during the spring semester; served
on Judicial Clerkship Committee; Judge, Final Round, Tulane Moot Court Appellate Competition
PHEBUS & KOESTER, Champaign-Urbana, Illinois 12/2000-present
Attorney (currently “of counsel”)
Represented claimant in Michigan probate case based on Section 1983 case against City of Detroit;
appearance pro hac vice in Oliveira v. Amoco Oil Co. (Illinois Consumer Fraud Act case); appearance on
behalf of plaintiff in Hall v. State of Michigan (tobacco settlement fund case) in the United States District
Court for the Eastern District of Michigan; research and writing of trial and appellate briefs relating to class
actions, tort, and aviation.
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS COLLEGE OF LAW, Champaign-Urbana, Illinois 8/2000-8/2002
Visiting Assistant Professor teaching Legal Writing
Taught Legal Research & Writing, Introduction to Appellate Advocacy, Civil Procedure II; Law and
Literature seminar; served as coach for Jessup International Law Moot Court team (won the Mid-West
regional and participated in international competition), Chicago Moot Court team, and judge of many
internal moot court competitions.
HONORABLE PAUL V. GADOLA 8/1998-8/2000
Law Clerk. U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Flint, Michigan
Drafted numerous proposed opinions and bench memoranda on issues involving Constitutional, criminal,
environmental, insurance, commercial and tort law; conducted attorney and settlement conferences;
awarded Distinguished Service Certificate.
LEGAL SERVICES OF SOUTHEAST MICHIGAN, Ann Arbor, Michigan 5/1998-8/1998
Volunteer Attorney. Ann Arbor, Michigan. Supervisor: Ted Wenk
Represented client in landlord-tenant disputes, conducted intake, initial interviews and client screening,
conducted legal research on variety of public interest topics.
FREEHILL, HOGAN & MAHAR, New York, New York 5/1996-8/1996
Researched state and federal legal issues involving environmental, international, maritime and commercial
law; drafted research memoranda and pleadings.
IMMIGRANT LEGAL SERVICES, Associated Catholic Charities of New Orleans 5/1995-8/1995
Volunteer Law Clerk.
Researched asylum and suspension of deportation issues. Client interviews and preparation of asylum
ASSOCIATE DEAN SUSAN KRINSKY 1995-1996
Research Assistant. Tulane Law School, New Orleans, LA.
Researched mental health law in Louisiana; drafted proposed chapter for upcoming publications.
HONORS AND AWARDS
Phi Beta Kappa; Law Review, Moot Court, Tulane Maritime Law Journal; Award, highest grade, Public
Int’l Law, Fall 1996; Award, highest grade, Int’l Environmental Law, Spring 1996; Maritime Law Center
Award for Best Casenote, 1996; Robert Acomb Jr. Award for Best Comment, 1997
United States Supreme Court (2010)
State of Florida (2008) and State of Michigan (1998)
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan (2000)
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas (2010)
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (2003)
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (2003)
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit (2004)
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (2005)
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (2007)