Professor Gerson writes and teaches in the areas of criminal law and immigration law. Prior to joining California Western, Professor Gerson directed the Louisiana State University Immigration Clinic. The clinic provides immigration services for people in Louisiana, handling a wide range of immigration matters, from naturalization and asylum petitions to removal defense. Professor Gerson focused most of the clinic’s work on removal defense for people in immigration detention, including bringing federal cases for clients in prolonged detention. Before joining the LSU Law Center faculty, Gerson served as an immigration staff attorney at The Bronx Defenders in New York City, a public defender nonprofit.
Professor Gerson previously held several positions in Mexico City, including as a researcher and project manager at the Instituto Mexicano para la Competitividad (IMCO), a think tank. He also worked in government, in the National Digital Strategy Unit of the Office of the President of Mexico. While in Mexico, Gerson was an adjunct professor in the economics and law departments at Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México and Universidad Iberoamericana.
Professor Gerson is a regular contributor to diverse media outlets in both Mexico and the U.S., such as Slate and Animal Político.