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College of Law hosts immigration panel this afternoon

November 5, 2010

As the firestorm surrounding immigration in the United States continues to divide the nation, the Loyola University New Orleans College of Law and the Loyola Journal of Public Interest Law will bring together legal scholars and experts for a day to examine best practices for states to work within federal guidelines.

“Federalism at Work: State criminal law, noncitizens and immigration related activity” will be held today, Nov. 5, from 1 to 5:45 p.m., in the College of Law, Room 308. Attendance is free and open to the public. Attorneys may earn three hours of continuing legal education credit for $25.

The symposium will examine the role that state criminal law has or should have in the context of immigration, immigration-related activities and unauthorized or undocumented migration. The keynote speaker is professor Bill Ong Hing of the University of San Francisco School of Law who has authored numerous academic and practice-oriented publications on immigration policy and race relations. His publications include “Ethical Borders: NAFTA, Globalization, and Mexican Migration;” “Deporting Our Souls: Morality, Values, and Immigration Policy;” "Defining America Through Immigration Policy;” and “Making and Remaking Asian America Through Immigration Policy.”

Speakers on the first panel will address the use of state criminal law to heighten, complement or independently accomplish state immigration-related goals, with state initiatives such as Arizona’s Senate Bill 170, which requires law enforcement to stop and check the status of those they believe reside in the state illegally.

The second panel features law professors with expertise in immigration, criminal justice and constitutional law, and clinical law professors with practice expertise. In addition, panelists will discuss how these issues have played a role in Louisiana law enforcement and in the Louisiana legislature.

Symposium participants will include:

  • Jennifer Chacón, J.D., Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, University of California, Irvine School of Law
  • Nora V. Demleitner, J.D., LL.M., Dean and Professor of Law, Hofstra University School of Law
  • Ray T. Diamond, J.D., the Jules F. and Frances L. Landry Distinguished Professor Law, Louisiana State University Law Center
  • Ingrid Eagly, J.D., Acting Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law
  • César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández, J.D., Capital University Law School
  • Hiroko Kusuda, J.D., Assistant Clinical Professor, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law
  • Karla McKanders, J.D., Associate Professor of Law, University of Tennessee College of Law
  • Joe Harrison, Representative from the 51st District to the House of Representatives, State of Louisiana

Loyola’s Andrea Armstrong, J.D., and Johanna Kalb, J.D., assistant professors of law, will moderate.

Papers and symposium proceedings will be published in the spring 2011 volume of the Loyola University New Orleans College of Law Journal of Public Interest Law.

For more information, contact Tony Alessandro at aralessa@loyno.edu or 504-861-5558 or visit http://law.loyno.edu/journal-public-interest-symposium.

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