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Law school symposium to focus on immigration policy, reform

Thu, 02/07/2013

LAWRENCE — Scholars, policymakers and practitioners from across the country will grapple with concepts of national identity, race, and the intersection of public policy and our conception of what it means to be an American at the Kansas Journal of Law and Public Policy’s 2013 symposium at the University of Kansas School of Law.

“Who Is ‘We the People?’ Perspectives on Immigration Policy and Reform” will take place from 9:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 22 in the Stinson Morrison Hecker LLP Lecture Hall, 104 Green Hall, 1535 W. 15th St. The symposium is free and open to the public. Advance registration is appreciated but not required. Please RSVP online at law.ku.edu/immigrationsymposium by Friday, Feb. 15.

The symposium will open with the fundamental question of who is “We the People?” and end with policy implementation.

“The symposium begins with a discussion of the harm of deportation and creation of the path to full membership for long-term noncitizen residents,” said Julie Parisi, co-symposium editor. “It then moves into the difficult question of whether the United States is willing to accept everyone who wants to come here in search of a better life, followed by a look into state immigration laws. The symposium will conclude with perspectives of important stakeholders on immigration policy and what they believe constitutes meaningful immigration reform.”

Presenters will include:

  • Barbara Buckinx, political philosopher, junior fellow at University of California-San Diego
  • Alexandra Filindra, immigration scholar, political scientist and assistant professor, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Jan Ting, professor of immigration law, Temple University Beasley School of Law, and former assistant commissioner at the Immigration & Naturalization Service of the U.S. Department of Justice
  • Margaret Hu, visiting assistant professor, Duke University School of Law
  • Archbishop Joseph Naumann, Archdiocese of Kansas City
  • Michael Sharma-Crawford, immigration law practitioner
  • Mike O’Neal, president, Kansas Chamber of Commerce

Papers presented at the symposium will be published in April in the Kansas Journal of Law and Public Policy, Volume 22, Issue 3. The symposium is funded by the Judge Nelson Timothy Stephens Lectureship Fund.

Four and a half hours of free CLE credit for Kansas and Missouri will be offered.

For more information and a complete agenda, visit the School of Law website. Questions? E-mail symposium editors David Austin and Julie Parisi at kjlppsymposium@ku.edu.



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