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Lecture on Immigration Reform at Wayne Law, Nov. 18

November 12, 2009

DETROIT (Nov. 12, 2009 ) – Wayne State University Law School’s Program for International Legal Studies is pleased to present a brown bag lunch discussion on "Comprehensive Immigration Reform: The Situation of Undocumented Migrants in the United States and a Path to Legal Status," by Professor Rachel Settlage. The talk will take place on Nov. 18, 2009, at 12:15 p.m. in Room 2255 of the Law School, located at 471 West Palmer Street, Detroit.

Professor Settlage directs the new Wayne Law Asylum and Immigration Law Clinic, which provides students with the opportunity to represent clients, under faculty supervision, on a variety of immigration matters, including asylum law, trafficking protection, protection for battered immigrants, and family reunification in Immigration Court and before the Department of Homeland Security U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Before joining the Wayne Law faculty, Settlage most recently served as a clinical fellow with the University of Baltimore School of Law's Immigrant Rights Clinic. She has also practiced law at the Asylum Program of Southern Arizona; served as a Senior Researcher at the U.S. Department of State, Office of the Historian; and served as a Foreign Affairs Officer/Senior Editor at the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor.

Settlage earned a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley. Her publications are in the areas of immigration and human rights law.

Settlage’s talk is part of the 2009-10 Speaker Series presented by Wayne Law’s Program for International Legal Studies, which brings prominent experts in the field to the Law School campus.

About the Program for International Legal Studies
International law cuts across all aspects of a Wayne State legal education. Fully one-third of Wayne Law’s tenured and tenure-track faculty teaches and writes on international subjects. Those faculty members enjoy world-wide reputations as innovative and prolific scholars, publishing on the most important issues of the day. Students can take classes on a remarkable range of international topics, from international commercial transactions to international environmental law to the use of military force and the protection of human rights. And study abroad programs give students a first-hand view of other nations’ legal systems and their approaches to legal education.

The Program for International Legal Studies is the focal point for all international activity at Wayne Law and a showcase for the faculty’s latest scholarship on international issues. The Program sponsors a conference and lecture series that brings scholars, policy-makers and practicing international lawyers to the Law School from across the country and around the world. A series of brown-bag lunches allow students the opportunity to discuss international issues in a more personalized setting with faculty members and attorneys from the community. A blog in which faculty members highlight and discuss current developments in international law will be hosted on our Web site.

Director Gregory Fox writes and teaches on international organizations, human rights and the international administration of territory. He has been a visiting fellow at Cambridge University, the Max Planck Institute in Heidelberg and Yale Law School. His many publications include Humanitarian Occupation and Democratic Governance and International Law, both published by Cambridge University Press.

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, a 250-seat auditorium, and the Arthur Neef Law Library, which houses one of the nation's 40 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. For more information, visit www.law.wayne.edu.


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