Thursday, November 19, 2020

Immigration Law at the AALS Annual Meeting


A message from Jennifer M. Chacón (o/b/o myself and the rest of the AALS Immigration Law Section Executive Committee: Jill Family, Kit Johnson, Carolina Nuñez and Fatma Marouf)

We just wanted to remind you that registration for the AALS conference is up and running!  Here’s the link.

Our panel this year – Outsourced Borders and Invisible Walls – will feature presentations by Stephen Lee (UCI), Lori Nessel (Seton Hall), Stella Burch Elias (Iowa), Paul Gowder (Northwestern), Ming Hsu Chen (Colorado) and Heide Castañeda (Anthropology, University of South Florida).  That panel will take place on January 7 from 1:15-2:30 (Eastern).  We plan to hold our section business meeting immediately after the panel session.  We’ll send more details on that later.

Our works-in-progress session will take place on January 6 from 4:15pm- 5:30pm (Eastern) featuring papers by Tania Valdez (The Case for Abolishing the Fugitive (Alien) Disentitlement Doctrine) and Beth Zilberman (Unenforced Split Enforcement in Immigration Agencies). This session will proceed in two parts. We will first consider Professor Valdez’s paper. She will provide a brief, 5 minute, introduction to her work, highlighting areas for feedback. I (Jennifer) will serve as lead reader on this paper and will offer comments for 10 minutes. Then we’ll have 20 minutes of roundtable discussion by attendees. At the half way mark of our session, we’ll pick up Professor Zilberman’s paper. She will provide a 5 minute introduction, Jill Family (lead reader) will offer comments for 10 minutes, and we’ll have another 20 minutes of roundtable discussion. The two papers will be circulated in advance of the conference to all attendees. Please RSVP at this link so we can be sure to share the paper with you in advance.

We are also co-sponsoring a panel hosted by the Section on Disability Law (January 8 from 11:00-12:15) on “Disability and Intersectionality: Celebrating 30 Years of Intersectionality and the ADA.”  And we are co-sponsoring a panel with the Section on Education Law (January 8 from 1:15-2:30) on the future of Plyer v. Doe on its 40th anniversary, featuring  Rachel Moran, Hiroshi Motomura, and Michael Olivas.

Details about all of the panels and events can be found in the online program.  We look forward to seeing you there!


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