Scott Rempell

Godwin Bowman & Martinez PC Research Professor and Professor of Law

B.A., University of Michigan
J.D., American University Washington College of Law

Areas of Expertise

  • Appellate Practice
  • Asylum & Refugee Law
  • Immigration Law
  • Legal Research & Writing
  • Privacy Law
  • Trial & Appellate Advocacy



Office: 717T

Scott Rempell joined the South Texas College of Law Houston faculty in 2010. He teaches Immigration Law, Asylum & Refugee Law, and Legal Research & Writing. Prior to joining the faculty, Professor Rempell worked as an appellate attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Immigration Litigation, where he authored 75 appellate briefs and argued 9 cases in the United States Courts of Appeals.

Professor Rempell’s scholarship focuses on asylum law, immigration issues more generally, administrative law, and judicial process. Among other journals, his scholarship has appeared in Utah Law Review, Nevada Law Journal, Administrative Law Review, Georgetown Immigration Law Journal, and Texas International Law Journal. Multiple federal appellate courts have cited his work. He has also appeared on several Houston television and radio news programs.

In addition to his scholarly publications, Professor Rempell is the author of Five Grounds, a novel that tells the story of three immigrants’ harrowing journeys to the United States.

Professor Rempell has also taken an active role in helping students to bridge the gap between curricular design and career objectives. In particular, he helps run South Texas College of Law Houston’s Pathways to Practice initiative.

Professor Rempell graduated magna cum laude from American University Washington College of Law, where he served as the Editor-in-Chief of the American University International Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif. Professor Rempell received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan.


Unpublished Decisions and Precedent Shaping: A Case Study of Asylum Claims, 31 Geo. Immigr. L.J. 1 (2016).

Credible Fears, Unaccompanied Minors, and the Causes of the Southwestern Border Surge, 18 Chap. L. Rev. 337 (2015) (symposium issue).

Asylum Discord: Disparities in Persecution Assessments, 15 Nev. L.J. 142 (2014).

Defining Persecution, 2013 Utah L. Rev. 283.

Judging the Judges: Appellate Review of Immigration Decisions, 53 S. Tex. L. Rev. 477 (2012) (symposium issue).

The Board of Immigration Appeals’ Standard of Review: An Argument for Regulatory Reform, 63 Admin. L. Rev. 283 (2011).

Gauging Credibility in Immigration Proceedings: Immaterial Inconsistencies, Demeanor, and the Rule of Reason, 25 Geo. Immigr. L.J. 377 (2011).

Credibility Assessments and the REAL ID Act’s Amendments to Immigration Law, 44 Tex. In’tl L.J. 185 (2009).

Privacy, Personal Data, and Subject Access Rights in the European Data Directive and Implementing UK Statute, 18 Fla. J. Int’l L. 807 (2007).

Second Circuit Focuses on Suspension Clause, 11 Immigr. Litig. Bull., March 2007, at 1.


Speaker, The Future of Legal Education in an ABA World: Creating Learning Objectives Under the New ABA Standards. Southeastern Association of Law Schools Annual Conference. July, 2015.

Asylum Law and Related Relied, 4th Annual Immigration Symposium, South Texas College of Law Houston/Thurgood Marshall School of Law/University of Houston Law Center. March, 2014.

Keynote speaker, The Human Face of the Immigration Debate, Anti-Defamation League, South Texas College of Law Houston, October, 2013.

Speaker, Persecution Compelled, Southeastern Association of Law Schools Annual Conference, August, 2013.

Panelist, Ethical Considerations Facing the Judiciary, South Texas Law Review Symposium, October, 2011.

Moderator, Ethical Issues in Immigration Law, Practice, and Policy, South Texas Law Review Symposium, October, 2011.

State Actions on Consumer and Employee Privacy: 2002 Actions and a 2003 Forecast, 9th Annual National Conference at Privacy and American Business, March 12, 2003.

CV (PDF format)