Friday, May 23, 2014

Live Blogging from the Immigration Law Teachers Workshop 2014

Every two years, immigration law teachers and scholars gather for a conference.  The 2014 conference is being hosted at UC Irvine Law School, May 22-24, 2014.  This year’s theme is: Reimagining Reform and it was chaired by Jennifer Chacon of UC Irvine. The first day of the conference focuses on immigration clinical legal educationI’ll be blogging about some of the panels and papers from the conference. 

I just arrived in Irvine and caught the second panel, Pedagogy Plenary: Reimagining Our Classroom and Communities.  (Unfortunately, I missed the first day and first panel of the conference; I’ll invite another attendee to blog about the papers and presentations from the panels I missed).  I’ll likely edit this blog post later with links to materials and other resources.

Pedagogy Plenary: Reimagining Our Classroom and Communities

As the title suggests, the panel focuses on teaching and the innovative ways that law professors have used to teach immigration and citizenship law to their students.

The panel was moderated by the chair of the Pedagogy Committee, Ragini Shah, Suffolk University.

Anna Welch (University of Maine) and Jennifer Lee Koh (Western State) discussed their cross-country class.  Using the same casebooks and assignments, both professors “co-taught” their respective classrooms and demonstrated how professors across the country can collaborate together.   

Michelle Pistone (Villanova) discussed “flipping” the classroom—the use of short videos of professors/educators providing information (in this case, various aspects of immigration law)—to supplement students’ learning environment.   

Stella Elias (University of Iowa) taught a seminar where students completed writing projects for real clients (and the students received writing credits as well).  The clients comprised of different groups, including non-profit organizations and the City of Iowa City, involved in different immigration-related issues.  One of the students wrote a paper about the creation of a Municipal ID.

It’s great to hear about these innovations in the classroom!  There will be two breakout sessions tomorrow (May 24 at 12:15 to 1:45 PM) on pedagogy.  More on both of them tomorrow.


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Great post, Rose. Please let everyone know that we have many guest posting possibilities on the ImmigrationProf blog!


Posted by: Immigration Prof | May 23, 2014 2:38:08 PM

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