John Robert Egan is an experienced Immigration Attorney, and has served as the Chairperson of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Hawaii Chapter in 2008-2009. His immigration law practice experience includes two and a half years as supervising attorney of the Refugee and Immigration Law Clinic at the William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawaii at Manoa (UHM). His university teaching experience includes five years developing curricula and teaching about Humanitarian Law and Assistance in the Program on Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance at UHM. He has also taught as an adjunct professor at Hawaii Pacific University.
In the early 1990s John worked as a Field Officer for the United Nations Refugee Agency, UNHCR, serving in posts in Malawi and Mozambique. This experience, working to ameliorate the impacts of large-scale forced migration provided a strong motivation to learn the international laws and protocols related to migration. He continues to take on a small number of refugee and asylum cases on a pro bono publico basis, as a community service.