Clinical Professor Lauris Wren, a Williams College and Columbia University Law School graduate, founded the Asylum Clinic at the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University in 2003. Through the Asylum Clinic, law students represent applicants for asylum. The Clinic has represented hundreds of clients from around the world and has a 100% success rate, despite the severe obstacles faced by clients in the asylum application process. Professor Wren also co-founded the Immigration Clinic at Hofstra University and has received awards from numerous Long Island organizations in recognition of her work on behalf of the immigrant community.
In 2014, Professor Wren founded LGBT Immigrants of Long Island, the first organization on Long Island specifically serving lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender immigrants. Prior to coming to Hofstra, Prof. Wren was the director of the Refugee Assistance Program at the New York City Bar Association. Prof. Wren has also worked at the New York City Legal Aid Society and on CARECEN's legal team. Prof. Wren has worked with many human rights organizations in Mexico and Central America and has participated in human rights missions in various areas of the world.