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The Wayne Law Review to Host Symposium on 'Comprehensive Immigration Reform: Problems, Possibilities and Pragmatic Solutions,' on Feb. 4

January 07, 2010

DETROIT (Jan. 7, 2010) – The Wayne Law Review is pleased to host its upcoming Symposium, titled “Comprehensive Immigration Reform: Problems, Possibilities and Pragmatic Solutions,” from 8 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2010, in Wayne Law’s Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium.

The Symposium will be divided into four panel sessions, featuring locally, nationally and internationally renowned immigration law experts. Keynote speakers include:

• Kevin R. Johnson, Dean of the UC-Davis Law School and Author of “Opening the Floodgates: Why America Needs to Rethink Its Borders and Immigration Laws” and “How Did You Get to Be Mexican?: A White/Brown Man’s Search for Identity”




• Michael A. Olivas, President-elect of the Association of American Law Schools and William B. Bates Distinguished Chair of Law at the University of Houston Law Center.




The Symposium, which coincides with the recent launch of Wayne Law’s Asylum and Immigration Law Clinic (release online at http://law.wayne.edu/news_archive.php?id=3766), will take into account the new administration and new Democratic majorities in the House and Senate. It will address such questions as: What are the politically feasible options for immigration reform? and What would immigration reform look like in an ideal world?

Additional topics to be addressed include criminal law and the fairness of immigration courts, the impact of the current system on immigrant families, the role of the states and federal government in immigration reform, legislative barriers to immigration reform, and social solidarity issues.

“I'm thrilled to be able to welcome such distinguished speakers to the law school,” said Jonathan Weinberg, Wayne Law professor and Law Review faculty advisor. “As Congress gears up to push for comprehensive immigration law reform later this year, this program will shed real light on the challenges and opportunities we face.”

The Symposium is free and open to the public. It is presented with the generous assistance of the Wayne State University Student Council. Parking is available for $4.25 in parking structure #1 across from the Law School on West Palmer Street.

For more information, please contact Tim Rimer, executive articles editor of The Wayne Law Review, at (586) 596-9879 or via email at lawreviewarticles@wayne.edu.

Symposium Schedule

8 – 9 a.m.
Registration and Continental Breakfast

9 - 9:05 a.m.
Welcome and Introduction – Dean Robert M. Ackerman, Wayne State University Law School

9:05 - 9:15 a.m.
Opening remarks and Introduction of Dean Kevin R. Johnson – Professor Jonathan Weinberg, Wayne State University Law School

9:15 - 9:45 a.m.
Opening Keynote Address – Dean Kevin R. Johnson, UC-Davis Law School

9:50 - 11:05 a.m.
Panel I – Localization of Immigration Reform: Balancing the Federal-State Relationship
• Michael Wishnie, Yale Law School
• Pratheepan Gulasekaram, Santa Clara Law School
• Cristina Rodriguez, New York University School of Law
• Rose Cuison Villazor, Hofstra University School of Law

11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Lunch provided

12:15 - 1 p.m.
Immigrant Children: Hiding in Plain Sight in the Shadows
Lunchtime Keynote Address – Michael A. Olivas, University of Houston Law Center

1:15 - 2:30 p.m.
Panel II – Factors to Reform: Migration, Asylum, Social Cohesion and Political Economy
• Michael A. Olivas, University of Houston Law Center
• Ragini Shah, Suffolk University Law School
• David Abraham, University of Miami School of Law
• Rachel Settlage, Wayne State University Law School

2:45 - 4 p.m.
Panel III – Reforming the Immigration System for Families and Vulnerable Populations
• David Thronson, William S. Boyd School of Law, UNLV
• Sarah F. Rogerson, University of Baltimore School of Law
• Bridgette Carr, University of Michigan Law School
• Marisa Silenzi Cianciarulo, Chapman University School of Law

4:15 - 5:30 p.m.
Panel IV – Reforming the Consequences: Deportation in “Crimmigration” and Other Contexts
• Huyen Pham, Texas Wesleyan University School of Law
• Angela Banks, William & Mary School of Law
• Andrew F. Moore, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law
• Lori A. Nessel, Seton Hall University School of Law

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Closing Remarks, Adjournment and Reception

About Wayne Law
Wayne State University Law School has educated and served the Detroit metropolitan area since its inception as Detroit City Law School in 1927. Located at 471 West Palmer Street in Detroit’s re-energized historic cultural center, the Law School remains committed to student success and features modern lecture and court facilities, multi-media classrooms, a 250-seat auditorium, and the Arthur Neef Law Library, which houses one of the nation's 30 largest legal collections. Taught by an internationally recognized and expert faculty, Wayne Law students experience a high-quality legal education via a growing array of hands-on curricular offerings, client clinics, and access to well over 100 internships with local and non-profit entities each year. Its 11,000 living alumni, who work in every state of the nation and more than a dozen foreign countries, are experts in their disciplines and include leading members of the local, national and international legal communities. Visit law.wayne.edu for more information. 


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