Immigration Law Symposium

Persistent Puzzles in Immigration Law

February 17-18, 2011
University of California, Irvine School of Law

Our labor markets rely heavily on unauthorized workers, yet the law affords these workers only modest workplace protections. Restrictionists condemn sanctuary cities while praising Arizona's S.B. 1070.

Immigrants' rights advocates argue that localities should be allowed to opt out of Secure Communities while battling local anti-immigrant ordinances on preemption grounds. Immigration enforcement efforts are promoted as necessary to restore the rule of law, yet ongoing enforcement efforts sometimes unfold with apparent disregard for due process rights guaranteed by the Constitution.

What are the sources of these impossible choices and contradictory impulses? Can the law be used to alleviate these tensions, or must we look beyond law’s boundaries? Is political compromise the only answer, or will one agenda emerge to the exclusion of others? Is change destined to be incremental or are there opportunities for sweeping overhaul? These are just some of the questions this symposium hopes to answer.

MCLE credit will be offered by UC Irvine School of Law, an approved State Bar of California MCLE provider.

Co-sponsored by UC Irvine's Center in Law, Society, and Culture and Center for Research on Immigration, Population and Public Policy

To register: Click here to register online

Featured Speakers

Christina Burnett

Jennifer Chacón
UC Irvine

Susan Bibler Coutin
UC Irvine

Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar

Ingrid Eagly

Catherine Fisk
UC Irvine

Shannon Gleeson
UC Santa Cruz

Jennifer Gordon

Pratheepan Gulasekaram
Santa Clara

Ernesto Hernández

Bill Hing

Julianne Hing

Kevin Johnson
UC Davis

Kathleen Kim

Jennifer Koh
Western State

Stephen Lee
UC Irvine

Teresa Miller
SUNY Buffalo

Hiroshi Motomura

John S.W. Park
UC Santa Barbara

Peter Schuck

Juliet Stumpf
Lewis & Clark

Rose Cuison Villazor

Leti Volpp

Michael Wishnie

Symposium Schedule

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Noon – 2:00 p.m.: Registration (Box lunch will be available for pick-up)

12:30 p.m.: Welcome remarks

1:00 - 2:30 p.m.: Managing Immigrants Through Criminal Law

  • Teresa Miller (SUNY Buffalo)
  • Peter Schuck (Yale)
  • Jennifer Chacón (UC Irvine) – Moderator

2:30 - 3:00 p.m.: Break

3:00 - 4:30 p.m.: Race and Immigration Law

  • Kevin Johnson (UC Davis)
  • Ernesto Hernandez (Chapman)
  • Rose Villazor (Hofstra)
  • John Park (UCSB) – Moderator

Friday, February 18, 2011

8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Registration

8:30 – 10:00 a.m.: Claims to Membership

  • Hiroshi Motomura (UCLA)
  • Christina Burnett (Columbia)
  • Leti Volpp (UC Berkeley)
  • Susan Coutin (UC Irvine) – Moderator

10:00 - 10:30 a.m.: Break

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.: Immigrants and Work

  • Kathleen Kim (Loyola)
  • Juliet Stumpf (Lewis & Clark)
  • Jennifer Gordon (Fordham)
  • Catherine Fisk (UC Irvine) – Moderator

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.: Lunch (Box lunch available for pickup)

1:00 - 2:30 p.m.: Immigration's Institutional Values

  • Pratheepan Gulasekaram (Santa Clara)
  • Michael Wishnie (Yale)
  • Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar (Stanford)
  • Stephen Lee (UC Irvine) – Moderator

2:30 - 3:00 p.m.: Break

3:00 - 4:30 p.m.: Claims-Making and Advocacy

  • Bill Hing (USF) & Julianne Hing (Colorlines reporter)
  • Shannon Gleeson (UC Santa Cruz)
  • Ingrid Eagly (UCLA)
  • Jennifer Koh (Western State) – Moderator