Rebecca Sharpless, Professor of Clinical Legal Education and Director of the Immigration Clinic, was invited by Vanderbilt Law School to discuss the severe barriers to obtaining legal representation of low-income immigrants in detention. The panel "Access to Justice for Immigration Detainees" was part of the law school's biennial Practicing Public Interest Law in the South Conference. She researches and writes in the areas of progressive lawyering, feminist theory, and the intersection of immigration and criminal law. Professor Sharpless also speaks widely on immigration law, including at events such as the annual conference of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. She is a board member of the South Florida Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association as well as a longstanding board member of the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild.