Friday, October 11, 2013

UC Davis Law School Conference on Immigration Reform

We at the University of California at Davis King Hall School of Law are excited about hosting a one-day conference today, October 11, 2013, entitled, "Immigration Reform: What Next?".  The conference would not have been possible without the tireless work of Jake LeRaul, Co-Chair of the Immigration Law Association, and Anupam Chander, professor of law at UC Davis and Uyen Le, Fellow at the UC Davis California International Law Center, and many supporters, including the National Foreign Trade Council.  

The conference will begin with discussions on the need for comprehensive immigration reform with Ana Avendaño (AFL-CIO) and Steve Li of Asian Students Promoting Immigrants Rights through Education (ASPIRE) as keynote speakers.

It will also feature a lunch panel examining the impact of immigration policies on U.S. competitiveness with Hannah Siegel of the Partnership for New American EconomyJake Colvin, Vice President of the National Foreign Trade Council, Vivek Wadhwa, author of the critically acclaimed book, "The Immigrant Exodus: Why America is Losing the Global Race to Capture Entrepreneurial Talent" and UC Davis PhD student of physics, Amandeep Kaur.

The conference will conclude with views from Kevin Johnson, Dean of UC Davis law school and Bill Ong Hing, professor emeritus at UC Davis and professor of law at the University of San Francisco School of Law.

The panels and speakers at the conference include:

* panel on proposed changes to immigration law with Richard Boswell, professor of law at UC Hastings College of LawAarti Kohli (Director of Immigration Policy at UC Berkeley Law School's Warren Center), and Marcine Seid, immigration lawyer and AILA Board of Directors as speakers and Rose Cuison-Villazor serving as moderator

* panel reviewing immigration policies with respect to high-skilled employment with a focus on technology companies and STEM with Magnus Lofstrom (Research Fellow at Public Policy Institute of California) and David Hardtke (Chief Scientist at Bright) as speakers and Giovanni Perri, professor of economics at UC Davis as moderator.

* panel examining guest worker policies with Gabriel "Jack" Chin, professor of law at UC Davis and Francisco Ugarte of Dolores Street Community Center as speakers and Leticia Saucedo, professor of law at UC Davis.
* panel reviewing immigration policies affecting the agricultural industry with Phil Martin and Ed Taylor, both professors of the Agricultural & Resource Economics at UC Davis as speakers.
The conference was co-organized by the student organization Immigration Law Association and the California International Law Center

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