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Penn State Law to present 'Immigration Adjudications: Court Reform & Beyond'

On Thursday, March 18, 2010, Penn State University Dickinson School of Law will present "Immigration Adjudications: Court Reform and Beyond." Sponsored by Penn State Law's Center for Immigrants' Rights, the day-long symposium will feature four panels comprised of policymakers, academics, judges, and practitioners who will examine the state of immigration adjudications and debate proposed administrative and legislative solutions, including the creation of an independent immigration court. 

"We are delighted to bring some of the best thinkers on immigration adjudications to Penn State Law," says Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia, clinical professor and director of the Center for Immigrants' Rights at Penn State. "Examining the defects of and prospects for reforming the immigration adjudication system is imperative. Such an examination will be of interest not only to scholars and students of immigration law, but also to those seeking to understand the limitations of the current immigration adjudication system and how these limitations prevent some immigrants from receiving a fair day in court and basic due process." 
The program will begin at 9:00 a.m. in the Greg Sutliff Auditorium, Lewis Katz Building, University Park, PA and also will be available via live webcast.

Agenda Summary

The first panel, "The Chronicles of Adjudication," will be moderated by Victor Romero, Maureen B. Cavanaugh Distinguished Faculty Scholar and professor of law at Penn State. Other panelists include:
  • Jill Family, Widener University School of Law
  • Lory Rosenberg, IDEAS Consultation & Coaching former judge with the Board of Immigration Appeals
  • Paul Virtue, Baker & McKenzie LLP, former general counsel to the INS
The second panel, "From the Prison to the Courtroom," will be moderated by Angela Eveler, executive director with the Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center (PIRC). Panelists include:
  • Christopher Nugent, Equal Justice Works
  • Steven Lang, Executive Office for Immigration Review
  • Hon. Walter Durling, U.S. Immigration Court, York County
  • Wayne Sachs, Law Offices of Wayne Sachs
The third panel, "Refugee Roulette," will be moderated by Michele Pistone, professor of law and director of the Clinic for Asylum, Refugee and Emigrant Services at Villanova University School of Law. Panelists include:
  • Philip Schrag, Georgetown University School of Law
  • Jaya Ramji-Nogales, Temple University School of Law
  • Karen Grisez, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

The fourth panel, "Court Reform and Beyond," will be moderated by Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia, clinical professor and director of the Center for Immigrants' Rights at Penn State. Other panelists include:

  • Lucas Guttentag, Yale Law School, ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project
  • Hon. Dana Leigh Marks, President, National Association of Immigration Judges
  • Marshall Fitz, Center for American Progress
The Center for Immigrants' Rights will host a reception following the symposium to recognize its clients and the many faculty, staff, students, advocates, and lawyers who support it. For more information or to register for the symposium, visit the Center for Immigrants' Rights website.


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