Wednesday, May 5, 2021
U.S. Senator Alex Padilla to Headline Final Day of UCLA Center for Immigration Law and Policy Conference, May 7
UCLA Law's Center for Immigration Law and Policy's conference, “Immigration Policy in the Biden Administration: The First 100 Days and Beyond,” continues in its final day on May 7. At noon, Senator Alex Padilla will participate in a question-and-answer session with UCLA Law professor Hiroshi Motomura.
The entire event is free and open to the public.
Register at http://bit.ly/CILP100Days.
Sunday, May 2, 2021
The Refugee Law Initiative of the University of London is holding a virtual conference on the Refugee Convention at 70 with presenters from across the globe (including ImmigrationProf Jill Family). June 9-11. The program and registration information is here: https://rli.sas.ac.uk/annual-conference.
Thursday, April 29, 2021
Jill Family from Widenor Law School shares that: "On May 7, the ABA Administrative Law section is hosting its spring conference with two tracks. One track is Admin Law 101, which provides a great opportunity to learn about areas of administrative law or to brush up on what you already know. This track includes a White House Oversight 101 panel. The other track is Homeland Security, which will include a panel on immigration.
Flyer with registration here.
Friday, April 23, 2021
I don't know, is that heading too much? It's all I could think of as I watched The Infiltrators today. If you're unfamiliar with this film (I was), it follows the TRUE story of undocumented young people who intentionally get put into immigration detention (Broward in Florida) so that they can better report on the conditions of detainees and better advocate for their release. Like I said, balls of f$%*ing steel.
Check out the trailer:
I received access to the film with my registration/attendance at the UCLA Center for Immigration Law and Policy’s Immigration Policy in the Biden Administration: The First 100 Days and Beyond. Amazingly, one of the morning speakers, Claudio Rojas, is one of men who inspired the activists to infiltrate Broward. Rojas ends up a major protagonist in the film and appears to have been deported because of his participation in it. (See here & here.)
Anyhoo -- WATCH THIS FILM. You will not regret it. It's awe inspiring in a literal and not metaphorical sense. The utter fearlessness of these DREAMer activists is stunning. I bow before them.
And if you happened to miss today's segment of the UCLA conference, don't worry. The conference continues over the next two Fridays. And upcoming on April 30, you can catch a conversation with DHS Secretary Mayorkas. I'm in.
April 29: Bridging the Scientific-Legal Divide in the Adjudication of Trauma in Immigration Proceedings, UC Davis Global Migration Center
Bridging the Scientific-Legal Divide in the Adjudication of Trauma in Immigration Proceedings, UC Davis Global Migration Center, Thursday, April, 29, at Noon Pacific Time. Zoom Link here.
For much of U.S. Immigration, foreign nationals affected by trauma have been excluded or removed from the United States, treated as either “feeble-minded” or public charges, or based on mental health grounds. The aftermath of WWII gave rise to the possibility of trauma as grounds for immigration inclusion under strict narrow circumstances. Initially, trauma as grounds for inclusion applied only to refugees. Eventually, victims of certain violent or transnational crimes such as human trafficking, domestic violence, and child abuse could seek inclusion, although often as part of law enforcement collaboration. As well, for long-term residents of the U.S. with substantial ties, the trauma of family separation also became a ground for inclusion under narrow circumstances. These developments slowly converted medical and mental health professionals exclusively from functioning as government agents of exclusion in immigration proceedings into experts documenting trauma as grounds for inclusion at the border or for protection against removal inside the border. This collaboration across disciplines between immigration lawyers and medical or mental health forensic experts has also given rise to the possibility that the science of trauma could inform norms and practices in the immigration adjudication of cases. This is an emerging and promising field that is leading to innovation in trauma-informed immigration advocacy, research, teaching and trainings, and possibly policy innovation in immigration laws and practices. At UC Davis, an interdisciplinary team led by law professor Raquel E. Aldana as Principal Investigator and Dr. Patrick Marius Koga from the medical school as a co-Principal Investigator have taken steps toward achieving greater understanding among legal norms and legal institutions about how science should inform the adjudication of trauma in immigration proceedings. This presentation will introduce distinct ways that trauma is understood across disciplines and across cultures and present our ongoing work on documenting how immigration forensic assessments document trauma in immigration proceedings.
Thursday, April 22, 2021
All are invited to a virtual event where the inaugural cohort of the American Bar Foundation/JPB Foundation Access to Justice Scholars will present their research projects and engage in discussions of their work.
Immigration law professor Emily Ryo will be discussing her research on who immigration lawyers are and the contingent nature of their impact on removal proceedings.
The American Bar Association Administrative Law section is hosting its spring conference with two tracks. The Homeland Security Law Institute- Regulatory & Legislative, COVID-19, CISA and Immigration Law. The Administrative Law & Regulatory Practice Institute - 101 for Rulemaking, Adjudication, Judicial Review & White House Oversight. Up to 6 hours of live CLE and view all 8 recordings for 30 days!
To access the full conference brochure, click here.
Wednesday, April 21, 2021
5th Annual Conference, Refugee Law Initiative (RLI)
9 - 11 June 2021
The 5th Annual Conference of the Refugee Law Initiative (RLI) will take place from Wednesday 9 June to Friday 11 June 2021. The RLI Annual Conference is an annual international forum dedicated to debating the latest research and developments in the field.
The 5th RLI Annual Conference builds on the success of previous RLI conferences in uniting refugee law academics, practitioners, policy-makers and students. Run this year as a virtual event over three (3) half-days, this Annual Conference is based on the principle of free and open access online to allow for truly global participation.
1. 2021 Conference Theme
The chosen theme for this year’s conference - ‘Ageing Gracefully? The 1951 Refugee Convention at 70’ – reflects on the enduring legacy of the ‘cornerstone’ treaty for refugee protection 70 years after it was first adopted.
2. 2021 Keynote Speakers
On this theme, we are pleased to announce that our keynote speakers for the event are:
“Is 'Ageing Gracefully?’ an Ageist Critique?”
Professor James C. Hathaway, James E. and Sarah A. Degan Professor of Law
University of Michigan, USA
“The 1951 Convention at 70: A Postcolonial Perspective”
Professor B.S. Chimni, Distinguished Professor of International Law
O.O. Jindal Global University, India
“States and the Refugee Convention: Circumventing, but not Blatantly Disregarding”
Professor Fatima Khan, Director of the Refugee Rights Unit
University of Cape Town, South Africa
3. 2021 Panel Sessions
Across the three half-days, a fantastic range of current research will be presented across a total of 18 panel slots. The majority of panels address a range of topics relevant to the chosen theme of this year’s conference, including:
- Framing, interpreting and understanding the Refugee Convention
- The Refugee Convention and its relationship to other bodies of international law
- Implementing the Refugee Convention in national law, policy and practice
- The Refugee Convention and emerging global refugee policy (e.g. Global Compacts)
- Institutional engagement with the Convention - UNHCR, courts, governments, NGOs
- Applying the Refugee Convention - procedural issues, mass influx etc.
- Refugee law practice and practitioners – litigating the Refugee Convention
- Content of asylum and the rights under the Refugee Convention
- Externalisation, responsibility-sharing/-shifting under the Refugee Convention
- Contemporary concerns and the Convention
Other ‘open’ panels gather presentations on a wide range of other themes of contemporary interest to law and policy on the protection of refugees and other displaced persons
See here for the full (draft) conference programme.
All attendees, including presenters, will need to register for the conference. This year, registration at the conference is free of charge.
Registration is available now through this link.
Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Join today’s Latinx leaders from across the United States for a discussion about the top issues facing the Latinx community, including voter suppression, redistricting, drug policy, and other important matters.
Register for the event here.
Saturday, April 17, 2021
The AILA Law Journal has issued a call for papers for its Fall 2021 edition.
Submission Guidelines: Articles should run 4,500–7,000 words, lightly cited. All articles must be original. However, authors and columnists may reproduce their articles and columns, and place them on their websites, with attribution to and after publication in the AILA Law Journal.
All articles must be submitted via email in Word, as an attachment. All charts, graphs, and, tables should be typed or professionally typeset and must be submitted via email. Articles should not use extensive endnotes. Do not put citations in the text; rather, use endnotes only.
Submissions should include a clearly written, short author biography, author address, direct phone number, and email address. Authors should provide a two- or three-sentence summary of the article. Articles should be written in neutral, third-person voice. “You,” “I,” “We,” and similar terms are discouraged.
Articles must appear as continuous prose, with full sentences. Excessive use of quotation marks should be avoided. They should not be used when referring to a few ordinary words of a speaker or writer. They are appropriate for coined phrases, but only those that are unfamiliar, and only on first reference.
Submission Deadline: June 1, 2021
Submit to: email@example.com
If you have questions, contact Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia, the Editor-in-Chief, or Danielle Polen, Editor, of AILA Law Journal (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Friday, April 16, 2021
UCLA Center for Immigration Law and Policy’s first big event: Immigration Policy in the Biden Administration: The First 100 Days and Beyond, a virtual conference over three (non-consecutive) days: April 23, April 30, and May 7, 2021.
You can register for each day and find out more about Day Two and Day Three on this conference webpage.
Immigration Policy in the Biden Administration: The First 100 Days and Beyond (April 23, 2021)
During the 2020 presidential campaign, Joe Biden repeatedly signaled his interest in adopting an immigration policy very different from that of the prior administration. After winning the election, several leaders from the immigrants’ rights movement joined the new administration, suggesting that fundamental change was imminent. As we approach one hundred days into this new era, it has become clear that the Biden Administration will reset U.S. immigration policies. But reset to what?
This conference will bring together important stakeholders to address three central questions: First, what should federal immigration policy look like, both in the Biden Administration and beyond? Second, have the first 100 days put the country on a path toward achieving those goals, or is the reality mixed? Third, what should immigrants’ rights advocates do to achieve the world they want, in terms of both substantive demands and tactics to achieve them?
Introductory Remarks from Faculty Co-Directors Ahilan Arulanantham & Hiroshi Motomura
9:30 - 10:00am
Day 1, Session 1: Lessons from The Infiltrators
10:00 - 11:30am
Nearly ten years ago, the Obama administration adopted an immigration policy purporting to focus on people with serious criminal histories. In this extraordinary panel, we will hear from some of the people behind the award-winning documentary The Infiltrators, which tells the story of a small group of undocumented youth who set out to show this was false by getting themselves detained and -- from the inside -- identifying people without criminal histories. What happened next offers important lessons for how advocates should think about immigrants’ rights work in the years to come.
In this extraordinary panel, we will hear from:
- Luis Nolasco is a Senior Organizer at the ACLU of Southern California. He was one of the original “infiltrators,” and has spent the last decade working as an immigrants’ rights organizer in the Inland Empire region of Southern California.
- Alina Das is a clinical professor at New York University School of Law and perhaps the leading attorney defending movement activists against retaliation by ICE.
- Claudio Rojas is one of the stars of “The Infiltrators,” who was deported to Argentina in 2019 as the movie profiling his bravery was about to premiere.
- Moderator: Sejal Zota is the Legal Director and Co-Founder of Just Futures Law and an experienced immigrants’ rights movement litigator.
Conference registrants will receive a link to watch the film in advance.
Day 1, Session 2: Immigrants’ Rights Litigation in the Biden Administration:
A Conversation with Cecillia Wang
12:00 - 1:15pm
Cecillia Wang, Deputy Director of the American Civil Liberties Union and Director of the ACLU’s Center for Democracy, will discuss her experience leading national immigrants’ rights litigation over the past few administrations and her perspective on pro-immigrant litigation strategy in the Biden administration. Her notable cases include Nielsen v Preap, a challenge to a statute mandating detention without even the possibility of bond for many immigrants, which she argued in the Supreme Court; IRAP v Trump, a challenge to former President Trump’s Muslim Ban, which she successfully argued before the en banc Fourth Circuit; and Melendres v. Arpaio, a challenge to the racially discriminatory practices of Sheriff Joe Arpaio, which she won at trial and then successfully defended on appeal before the en banc Ninth Circuit. Cecillia will speak with Ingrid Eagly, Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law and a nationally recognized expert on immigration enforcement.
Day 1, Session 3: Should Immigration Detention Be Abolished?
2:00 - 3:30pm
The Biden administration has signaled that it believes there should be fewer people in immigration detention, but it has also made clear that it does see a role for some incarceration as part of the immigration enforcement system. Many advocates are pushing for the total abolition of immigration detention. What is the way forward?
We bring together three distinguished panelists, each with unique perspectives on the issue:
- Ny Nourn is a Community Advocate for Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus and a former child refugee. She was sentenced to life in prison for her role in a murder, won parole after 16 years, was then sent to ICE detention, and pardoned in 2017.
- Munmeeth Soni is Director of Litigation and Advocacy at Immigrant Defenders Law Center. Munmeeth has represented numerous detained immigrants against deportation and also participated in systemic litigation on various detention issues.
- Margo Schlanger is a Professor of Law at the University of Michigan. Margo has many years of experience representing prisoners in civil rights suits, represented a class of several hundred Iraqis who challenged the Trump administration’s attempt to execute their removal orders in Hamama v. Adducci, and worked in the Obama administration as part of an attempt to reform the immigration detention system.
- Moderator: Nina Rabin is Director of the Immigrant Family Legal Clinic at the UCLA School of Law. Her research has focused on documenting the impact of immigration enforcement on women and families.
Thursday, April 15, 2021
The Vera Institute of Justice, Center for Popular Democracy, and National Immigration Law Center are excited to announce the release of our report Implementing the Vision at the Local and State Level -
the third and final part of our toolkit Advancing Universal Representation: A Toolkit for Advocates, Organizers, Legal Service Providers, and Policymakers. This report draws from best practices and lessons learned from legal services providers, advocates, and government leaders about designing, implementing, and expanding local and state-funded universal representation programs. It includes recommendations for how to design and fund programs that provide zealous, person-centered representation for all – covering topics such as program design, collaboration between local partners, funding and payment models, shifting organizational and courtroom culture, and staffing and managing legal teams.
Check out the report to hear from programs from across the country, including the New York Immigrant Family Unity Program, Long Beach Justice Fund, Dane County and Madison, WI, Prince George’s County, Denver, and southern California. You can also check out the report’s summary fact sheet and flowchart visual included within that seeks to illustrate the complexities of removal defense to educate stakeholders about why these programs require expertise and robust funding. As the momentum for universal representation programs continues to grow, we hope that this report and the entire toolkit can continue be a resource for you as you advocate for new or expanded programs that advance fairness and dignity for people facing detention and deportation.
Please join us and leaders across the country in our upcoming webinar on April 22nd 3pm EST/12pm PST (register here) to learn more about this report (see invitation below for more details). Please pass this along to anyone who you think may be interested in learning more. We hope that you can join us!
Monday, April 12, 2021
CALL FOR PAPERS
“New Voices in Immigration Law”
Association of American Law Schools · Section on Immigration Law
Wednesday, January 5 – Sunday, January 9 (session timing TBD) · Virtual
Submission Deadline: August 15, 2021
The Section on Immigration Law of the Association of American Law Schools invites papers and works in progress for its “New Voices in Immigration Law” session at the 2022 AALS Annual Meeting which will take place virtually January 5-9, 2022. This session has not yet been scheduled. We will send updated information when we have it.
This session will be structured as a works-in-progress discussion, rather than as a panel. Selected papers will be discussed in turn, with time for author comments, thoughts from a lead reader, and group discussion.
Submissions may address any aspect of immigration and citizenship law. We also welcome papers that explore these topics from alternative disciplines or perspectives.
Please note that individuals presenting at the program are responsible for their own annual meeting registration fee, though AALS anticipates offering school memberships to the virtual conference again this year.
Submission Guidelines: The deadline for submissions is August 15, 2021. Feel free to submit an abstract, a précis, or a work-in-progress. Priority will be given to individuals who have never presented an immigration law paper at the AALS Annual Meeting, works not yet published or submitted for publication, and junior scholars.
Please email submissions in Microsoft Word format to profkitjohnson at gmail.com (Subject: AALS 2022: New Voices in Immigration Law). In your email, please indicate how you meet our selection priorities.
Inquiries: Please direct any questions or inquiries to Kit Johnson (profkitjohnson at gmail.com).
Friday, April 9, 2021
This coming Wednesday, April 14, at 11:00 CST, catch immprof César García Hernández and others chatting about the criminalization of drugs in the U.S. and its effect on deportation. It will be live streamed at http://fb.com/rhizomecenter.
Tuesday, April 6, 2021
Call for Proposals for the Third Annual Equality Law Scholars’ Forum
Last year, we had to cancel our two-day, in-person Spring 2020 Equality Law Scholars’ Forum scheduled at the University of San Francisco Law School (we held a small feedback session virtually for several junior scholars in Fall 2020), but we’re back in full for Fall 2021! Building on the success of the Inaugural Equality Law Scholars’ Forum held at UC Berkeley Law in 2017 and at UC Davis Law in 2018, and in the spirit of academic engagement and mentoring in the area of Equality Law, we (Tristin Green, University of San Francisco; Angela Onwuachi-Willig, Boston University; and Leticia Saucedo, UC Davis) announce the Third Annual Equality Law Scholars’ Forum to be held in Fall 2021. We are planning for the even to be held in person at the Boston University School of Law.
This Scholars’ Forum seeks to provide junior scholars with commentary and critique and to provide scholars at all career stages the opportunity to engage with new scholarly currents and ideas. We hope to bring together scholars with varied perspectives (e.g., critical race theory, class critical theory, feminist legal theory, law and economics, law and society) across fields (e.g., criminal system, education, employment, family, health, immigration, property, tax) and with work relevant to many diverse identities (e.g., age, class, disability, national origin, race, sex, sexuality) to build bridges and to generate new ideas in the area of Equality Law.
We will select five relatively junior scholars (untenured, newly tenured, or prospective professors) in the U.S. to present papers from proposals submitted in response to this Call for Proposals. In so doing, we will select papers that cover a broad range of topics within the area of Equality Law. Leading senior scholars will provide commentary on each of the featured papers in an intimate and collegial setting. The Forum will take place all day Friday through lunch on Saturday. Participants are expected to attend the full Forum. The Equality Law Scholars’ Forum will pay transportation and accommodation expenses for participants and will host a dinner on Friday evening.
This year’s Forum will be held on November 12-13, 2021 at the Boston University School of Law
Junior scholars are invited to submit abstracts of proposed papers, 3-5 pages in length, by June 1, 2021.
Full drafts of papers must be available for circulation to participants by October 29, 2021.
Proposals should be submitted to: Tristin Green, University of San Francisco Law School, email@example.com. Electronic submissions via email are preferred.
Saturday, April 3, 2021
Friday, April 2, 2021
Wednesday, March 31, 2021
New Yorker Hosts Panel on Immigration and the Politics of the Southern Border: Today at 6 p.m. Eastern
The New Yorker Live will host an online conversation today, March 31, 2021, at 6 p.m. E.T. with Representative Joaquin Castro and the author Karla Cornejo Villavicencio, about immigration and the politics of the southern border. They’ll be joined by David Remnick, the editor of The New Yorker, and Sarah Stillman, a staff writer and the director of the Global Migration Project, at Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism.
Tuesday, March 23, 2021
The Yale Law Journal invites submissions on the Law of the Territories, covering the broad range of local, federal, and international issues arising out of and affecting the U.S. territories and their people, for Volume 131’s Special Issue. The deadline for submissions is July 15, 2021.
The Law of the Territories is an emerging field that explores novel legal questions facing residents of the U.S. territories. More than 3.5 million people—98% of whom are racial or ethnic minorities—live in American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. They are unable to vote for President and lack voting representation in Congress, even though Congress exercises plenary power over their communities. In the last five years, the Law of the Territories has experienced a resurgence of activity before the Supreme Court not seen since the Insular Cases, a series of controversial decisions from the early 1900s that endorsed the United States’s annexation and governance of its colonies. The Court’s holdings in the Insular Cases have received broad criticism for their racist underpinnings and departure from foundational constitutional principles. But the Court has hesitated to either overrule them or fundamentally reconsider its territorial jurisprudence. Meanwhile, each of the territories has developed its own distinct body of law—and the people of the territories have pressed with increasing urgency for self-determination and decolonization through both domestic and international processes.
We seek Articles and Essays that address unresolved debates, emerging controversies, and unexplored problems related to the Law of the Territories, including, but not limited to:
- the relationship between federalism and empire;
- the challenge of cultural accommodation within the United States’s constitutional framework;
- the relevance of international models of association to the debate over territorial decolonization, and more broadly, the light that comparative perspectives might shed on the issues surrounding self-determination;
- the intersection of race, gender, and class inequality in the context of U.S. colonial governance;
- and the promises and pitfalls of territorial autonomy.
The deadline for submissions is July 15, 2021. For more information, please see our announcement.