Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Duke Law Immigration Speaker Series


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October 7, 2020 at 12:30 pm EST

The Role of Local Elections in Shaping Immigration Policy

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Moderator: Gunther Peck, Sanford School of Public Policy

Speakers: Stefania Arteaga (Statewide Immigrants’ Rights Organizer at the ACLU of North Carolina); Spencer Bloom (Civic Engagement Organizer at El Pueblo (Raleigh)

While immigration law is federal, the policies enacted by local elected officials can shape immigration enforcement measures and efforts to include and support immigrants and refugees. Please join us for a panel discussion with Spencer Bloom, Civic Engagement Organizer at El Pueblo in Raleigh, and Stefania Arteaga, Immigrants’ Rights Organizer at ACLU of North Carolina and the co-founder of both Comunidad Colectiva, a grassroots immigrant rights organization in Mecklenburg County, and the Carolina Migrant Network, which provides free legal representation in immigration bond proceedings to individuals in North Carolina whom ICE has detained. Both Comunidad Colectiva and Stefania are featured on the Netflix series Immigration Nation, which aired on August 3rd, 2020. The speakers will address the advances achieved through local elections in the past and the stakes involved in the upcoming local elections this fall.

October 20, 2020 at 12:30 pm EST

Immigration in the 2020 Election 

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Speaker: Gregory Chen, Director of Government Relations for the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)

Join us as we learn about the role of immigration policy in the 2020 Presidential Election. Greg Chen, Director of Government Relations for the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), will discuss how the president shapes immigration policy separately and in conjunction with Congress and how immigration issues have influenced the 2016 and 2020 presidential campaigns. We will discuss the major policy initiatives of both the Trump and Obama administrations, as well as the prospects for immigration reform following the election.

November 10, 2020 at 12:30 pm EST

Pursuing Immigration Pro Bono Opportunities in Private Practice

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Moderator: Stella Boswell (Assistant Dean of Public Interest and Pro Bono)

Speakers: Jennifer Grishkin (Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney at CAIR Coalition) and Steven H. Schulman (Pro Bono Partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP). 

Will you be at a law firm at some point in your career? Going into private practice does not have to mean turning your back on issues and communities that need your help! In fact, many non-profits rely on pro bono attorneys at law firms to help them reach as many people as possible. Immigration is one of the best fields to get involved with as a pro bono attorney. Please join us in a conversation with two people working with immigration pro bono cases and hear their thoughts on the importance of getting involved with immigration pro bono opportunities in private practice and they best way to do that as a young attorney.


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