Friday, August 29, 2014

BuzzFeed: Could You and Your Partner Pass A U.S. Immigration Marriage Interview?

Professor Liz Keyes of the University of Baltimore brought to my attention this terrific BuzzFeed Quiz: Could You and Your Partner Pass A U.S. Immigration Marriage Interview?

I had my Immigration Law students take the quiz with their partners. It was very interesting to hear their reactions to the questions.

Having known my S.O. for more than 15 years, I was shocked by our collective score of 28 out of 46.

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-KitJ

August 29, 2014 in Teaching Resources | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, August 28, 2014

From the Bookshelves: A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain by Robert Olen Butler

A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain is a Pulitzer-Prize winning collection of short stories by Robert Olen Butler, all of which concern Vietnamese immigrants in Louisiana. 

In my Immigration Law class, I use the following excerpts to illustrate the point that even quota-exempt family members are not entitled to automatic presence in the United States. The process for their entry can, in fact, be quite lengthy.

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-KitJ

August 28, 2014 in Books, Teaching Resources | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Your Playlist: Lucas, Spin the Globe

A few years ago, I had the pleasure of hearing immprof Jayesh Rathod of American University Washington College of Law speak about using music in the classroom. He noted that music can be a terrific pedagogical tool, helping to illustrate the cirriculum in a different way. He also spoke about how the simple act of sharing music can humanize professors. I even managed to walk away from that talk with two very excellent mix CDs.

Inspired by Jayesh, I routinely play a song during the "getting settled" time before my classes formally begin.

Today, I taught my first immigration law class of the semester. I've traditionally begun with Immigration Blues by Duke Ellington (a Jayesh recommendation and a great tune). But today, I used something new: Spin the Globe by Lucas. It pairs nicely with the Thronson prioritization exercise

-KitJ

August 21, 2014 in Teaching Resources | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Call for Immigration Law Syllabus and Other Teaching Materials

The fall semester is (nearly) upon us already.  For those who are teaching immigration law (or a related course) for the first time, welcome! For those who have been teaching for X year(s), welcome back!

Many of you know that we have an Immigration Law Syllabus Bank, which includes several syllabi for the survey course, immigration clinic and advanced courses. The bank also includes exams and other teaching resources.  We'd like to update it with new materials.  So, if you're willing to share your teaching materials, please send them to Rose Cuison Villazor at rcvillazor@ucdavis.edu or David Thronson at david.thronson@law.msu.edu.

Please note that the syllabus bank is password protected. Also, before we send you the link to the bank and the password, we ask that you agree to the following:

In order to further protect these resources, particularly the exams, we require that those who want to access these resources agree that they will only use the resources for their own benefit (to prepare their exams, to prepare their syllabus for their own classes) and, importantly, to not disseminate them to their students or otherwise make them publicly available.  

Thanks and here's wishing everyone a great start to the new semester and academic year!

All best,

Rose Cuison Villazor and David Thronson

RCV

August 20, 2014 in Teaching Resources | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Teaching Materials: The David Thronson Exercise


Professor David Thronson
photo via MSU

Many professors extoll the virtues of an immigration priorities exercise developed by Professor David Thronson of the Michigan State University College of Law.

Thronson presents a list of potential immigrants and asks you to (1) rank them in order of preference and (2) decide how many, from each potential category, you would be willing to admit.

I received a copy of this great teaching tool from the lovely Mariela Olivares of Howard Law. It is now available to all at this link.

Last year, I asked my incoming immigration law students to complete the exercise before the first day of class. It led to terrific class discussion.

This year, I am again using the exercise. I have tinkered somewhat with the list of potential immigrants. In response to current events, I've added: "a 9-year old boy from a gang-infested country with the highest murder rate in the world who entered the U.S. by himself and without authorization. He has an undocumented aunt living in Texas."

-KitJ

August 16, 2014 in Teaching Resources | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Internal Migration Since 1900 Charted by the New York Times

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Today, the New York Times published a series of interactive charts about migration patterns within the United States since 1900: Where We Come From, State By State. My eldest son and I are, apparently, among the growing population of Oklahomans born in California (currently 4%). I could see these charts being useful in an immigration class to show local demographic changes.

-KitJ

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Monday, October 29, 2012

Call for Exams and Syllabi

At the last Immigration Law Teachers Workshop at Hofstra Law School, a number of professors noted that it would be helpful to have access to immigration law syllabi and exams.  Although there are syllabi and old exams posted to the Immigration Law Professors Blog (hehttp://lawprofessors.typepad.com/immigration/syllabus_bank/re), those resources need to be updated and expanded.

With the end of the semester and exams fast approaching (!), we wanted to go ahead and get the ball started. Also, a number of you may be teaching Immigration Law and/or other related courses next semester and may be thinking about your syllabus. 

Thus, we ask that those of you who are willing to share your exams and syllabi to please send them to either Rose Cuison Villazor at rcvillazor@ucdavis.edu or David Thronson at david.thronson@law.msu.edu. These resources will be placed in an “Exam Bank” and “Syllabus Bank” that will be a password-protected site (to be housed at the University of California at Davis School of Law). (Later, we will send information about how to get the password for the site).

In order to further protect these resources, particularly the exams, we will require that those who want to access these resources agree that they will only use the resources for their own benefit (to prepare their exams, to prepare their syllabus for their own classes) and, importantly, to not disseminate them to their students or otherwise make them publicly available. 

We would appreciate receiving either exams or syllabi or both by November 9 (two weeks) at 5 PM EST so that we would have enough time to organize, upload and share them with those who need them.

If you have any questions about the above, please do not hesitate to contact either of us.

Thank you.

David Thronson and Rose Cuison Villazor

RCV 

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Thursday, September 6, 2012

Law School Immigration Course Syllabus-Palmer

Undergraduate Immigration Course Syllabus--ASU

Monday, September 3, 2012

Wayne Law Syllabus

Magner Undergrad Immigration Northwestern

Magner Georgetown Law School

Undergrad Immigration Course Prof. Law

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Cornell Professor Yale-Loehr Immigration and Refugee Law Fall 2010 Syllabus

Professor Yale-Loehr Imigration and Refugee Law syllabus is now available.  To download a copy click on Download Law 7311 syllabus 12-2-10

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UofA Professor Lynn Marcus Immigration Clinic Syllabus Now Posted

UofA Professor Marcus Immigration Clinic Syllabus Fall 2010 now posted.  To download click on Download Marcus clinic syllabus fall 2010

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UCLA- Hiroshi Motomura Syllabi now available

Professor Hiroshi Motomura Immigration Law Syllabus has been added to the syllabus bank.  To get a copy click on Download MotomuraImmRightsSyllabusSpring2009CompositeWithCorrections.

Professor Hiroshi Immigrat Rights Syllabus has been added to the syllabus bank.  To get a copy click on Download ImmRightsSylPt1Spr2011

Professor Hiroshi Immigrat Rights Syllabus #2 has been added to the syllabus bank.  To get a copy click on Download MotomuraImmRightsSyllabusSpring2009CompositeWithCorrections

EQ

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Thursday, November 10, 2005

Immigration Law Syllabus Bank

Below are some syllabi for immigration-related courses.  First are courses in Immigration Law or Immigration Law and Policy; second are courses on Refugee Law and Policy (and forced migration); third are more specialized immigration courses; and finally there is a link to an older database of syllabi (2002).

If you have a syllabus you'd like to share, please feel free to contact us.

I.  Immigration Law and Policy Courses:

Recently offered immigration courses:

Download MotomuraImmigrationCitizenshipSyllabusCompositeSpr2006.pdf  (a composite PDF document that gathers together the four installments of Prof. Motomura's syllabus)

Download Yale-Loehr.2006.syllabus.doc  (Immigration and Refugee Law)

Download lawrence.Emp&Fam.3units.doc

Download Legomsky.3unit.ImmLaw.doc

Download Yale-Loehr.Cornell.coursedescrip.rtf Download Yale-Loehr.Cornell.syllabus.doc

Download Caplow.Brooklyn.3units.wpd

Download andySchoenholtzImmigrationAndPolicy.doc

Download Benitez.GW.3units.wpd

Download fernandoChangImmigAndPolicy.doc

Download Rose.Vanderbilt.syllabus.doc

Download SylbankJuly2002.doc

II.  Refugee Law & Policy:

Download gallagher.UniversitatJuame.ref&forced.migration.doc

Download Ramji.Schoenholtz.Georgetown.2units.doc

III. Specialty courses

Download ImRightsSylPt1F05.pdf (conveys the structure and approach of Motomura's "Immigrants Civil/Political Rights Seminar."  Actual readings are chosen by students (to relate to their papers) as the seminar proceeds.)

Download cox.Removal&Relief.pdf

IV.  2002 Syllabus bank (with table of contents at the beginning of the document):
Download SylbankJuly2002.doc

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