Pursuing Justice. Finding Solutions.

The Gonzaga Journal of International Law 
Annual Symposium

“Immigration and Migration: Theory and Practice”

2014 Speaker Biographies

Harvey Gee

Harvey Gee is an Attorney with the Federal Defenders of the Middle District of Georgia, Inc.  He previously served as an Attorney with the Capital Habeas Unit at the Federal Public Defender’s Office in Pittsburgh, and as a Deputy State Public Defender in Boulder.  He also completed clerkships with The Honorable Michael J. Watanabe of the U.S. District Court, District of Colorado and The Honorable Roger T. Benitez of the U.S. District Court, Southern District of California.  Mr. Gee was a U.S. Supreme Court Fellows Program Finalist in 2012.  Mr. Gee received his J.D. from St. Mary’s School of Law, and his LL.M (Litigation and Dispute Resolution) from The George Washington Law School.  His previous articles about race, criminal procedure, and the law have appeared in the Boston College Third World Law Journal, Harvard Journal of Asian American Policy Review, and the Michigan Journal of Race and Law.


Manuel F. Rios

manuel-riosManuel Rios is a partner at Rios & Cruz, PS, in Seattle where his practice is limited to immigration law. He graduated from Gonzaga University School of Law in 1997 and is admitted to practice in Washington State, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third and Ninth Circuits, as well as the U.S. District Courts in Washington. Manny has written numerous articles and is a frequent presenter of local and national CLEs on removal, detention, and admission issues. He has served as the Chair of the ICE Liaison Committee, EOIR Liaison Committee, and the Unauthorized Practice of Law/Professional Responsibility Committee for the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Washington Chapter, and has been the Consultant Attorney for the Mexican Consulate in Washington State on all immigration matters since 2002. In October 2013 the Government of Mexico awarded Manny the prestigious Ohtli Award in recognition for his distinguished service to the Mexican immigrant community in the United States.


Chris Gafner

Chris Gafner is an immigration lawyer who assists exceptional and highly educated individuals immigrate to the United States.  A graduate of Cornell University and the University of Notre Dame Law School, his practice is based out of New York and assists individuals from throughout the world.


Bernard Trujillo


Bernard Trujillo is Professor of Law at Valparaiso University and the 2013 winner of the Jack A. Hiller Distinguished Faculty Award. His book, “Immigration Law and the US/México Border” (with K. Johnson), was named best reference book of 2012 by the International Latino Book Awards. He teaches and researches in the areas of immigration, bankruptcy, and finance. His work has appeared in the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, the UCLA Law Review, the Minnesota Law Review, the Wisconsin Law Review, and other publications.



Dr. V. Balaji

Dr.V. Balaji, is presently working as an Associate Professor in the Department of International Law in the Tamil Nadu Dr. Ambedkar Law University, Chennai. He is currently serving as a Syndicate Member of the University. He graduated law from the prestigious Dr. Ambedkar Government Law College, Chennai in 1995 and holds his master’s degree (1997) and doctoral degree (2003) in law from the Department of Legal Studies, University of Madras. His doctoral thesis was on Human Rights.  He served as a Programme Coordinator for National Service Scheme (NSS) and as a Zonal Coordinator for Youth Red Cross (YRC) in the Tamil Nadu Dr. Ambedkar Law University. He is serving as Coordinator in National Curriculum Resource Centre funded by the University Grants Commission.

In 2007, he was selected to Cardiff University, United Kingdom to take part in a one-month training program on ‘Law teaching and Legal Research Skills’. He worked as a Co-investigator under the United Kingdom-South Asian Project on the Indo-US 123 Agreement funded by the British Academy. The three year project (2009-2011) was in collaboration between the Tamil Nadu Dr. Ambedkar Law University and the University of Reading, UK. During the project he visited the Reading University, UK twice to attend an International conference. On invitation by the Department of Indian Studies, University of Malaya, he had attended and presented a research paper in International Conference at, Kaula Lumpur, Malaysia. As a Convenor of the Moot Court Association he had organized three National Level Moot Court Competition consecutively which focused on various aspects of the Environment.

He holds life-membership in the Association of British Scholars, Chennai Chapter. He also holds Associate Membership in the Indian Society of International law, New-Delhi; acted as Coach in the Manroe E. Price International Media Law Moot Court Competition held in University of Oxford, UK and Willem C. Vis (East) International Arbitration Moot held in Vienna and Hong Kong; acted as a Judge in various International Moot Court Competition including Phillip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, Stetson International Environmental Law Moot Court Competition, All India Refugee Law Moot Court Competition; was invited as resource person, participated, chaired and presented research papers in various International and National Seminars, Conferences and attended various workshops in the field of law; published a book on ‘Police and Human Rights’; and published research articles in various legal and socio-legal journals. His current area of research and teaching includes International law, Indian Constitutional Law, Human Rights, Law of the Sea, Admiralty Law and Socio-Legal Empirical Research. 


 Sarah Lara-Silva

Sarah Lara Silva is an Assistant Chief Counsel with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) in Portland, Oregon.  She represents the Department of Homeland Security in removal proceedings before the Immigration Court and Board of Immigration Appeals.  As a member of the National Security Law Section, Sarah specializes in immigration cases involving national security issues.  Her expertise also extends to human rights and juvenile issues.  Sarah graduated magna cum laude from Gonzaga School of Law, as a Thomas More Scholar. She enjoys cooking, biking, and hiking all over the Pacific Northwest.


Professor James Nafziger

nafzigerJames A.R. Nafziger is the Thomas B. Stoel Professor of Law and Director of International Programs at the Willamette University College of Law.  He is also Honorary Professor at the East China University of Politics and Law.  After receiving B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Wisconsin and a J.D. from the Harvard Law School, Professor Nafziger was Henry Luce Fellow and later Administrative Director of the American Society of International Law, in which he currently serves as Secretary.  He is a former Fulbright lecturer in Mexico and Mongolia as well as Scholar-in-Residence at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Study Center in Bellagio, Italy.  In 2005 he was Co-director of Research at The Hague Academy of International Law.  Professor Nafziger received the Burlington Northern Foundation Award for “excellence in teaching and scholarly activity” and the university President’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship, in both cases the first given to a member of his law faculty.  Having initiated the Oregon Law Commission’s project to codify choice-of-law rules, he has served as its Reporter.

He is the author or editor of 13 books, over 125 articles or chapters in books, and over 80 other published writings on topics ranging from immigration law to export and import controls.  He chairs the ILA’s Committee on Cultural Heritage Law and is a member of the Committee on Reparations for Victims of Armed Conflict.  Since 2000, he has been a member of the ILA’s Executive Council.  Professor Nafziger is Honorary President of the International Association of Sports Law and received an award for extraordinary contributions to the American Society of Comparative Law, having served as its Treasurer.  An elected member of the American Law Institute and member of the Advisory Committee on Public International Law of the U.S. Department of State, he is an Honorary Vice-President of the American Branch of the International Law Association, having served as its President and Chair of its Executive Committee.    He is also on the National Council of the United Nations Association-USA and is a former president of both its Oregon Division and the Oregon International Council.


Steven Bender

Steven W. Bender, a law professor at Seattle University School of Law and former president of the Society of American Law Teachers, is the author of several books encompassing legal, cultural, and historical issues: Greasers and Gringos: Latinos, Law, and the American Imagination (NYU Press, 2003); One Night in America: Robert Kennedy, César Chávez, and the Dream of Dignity (Paradigm Publishers, 2007) (recipient of the 2008 Oregon Book Award for general nonfiction); Everyday Law for Latino/as (lead author) (Paradigm Publishers, 2008); Comprende?: The Significance of Spanish in English-Only Times (Floricanto Press, 2008); Tierra y Libertad: Land, Liberty, and Latino Housing (NYU Press, 2010); and Run for the Border: Vice and Virtue in U.S.-Mexico Border Crossings (NYU Press, 2012). He writes extensively about immigration policies, including the symposium article Compassionate Immigration Reform, 38 Fordham Urban Law Journal 107 (2010).


James McLean

James “Jim” McLean is the proprietor of McLean Immigration Law PLLC.  With over 20 years of immigration experience, he currently limits his practice to immigration.  Since 2005, Mr. McLean has been an adjunct profession of Immigration Law at Gonzaga Law School, and is frequently asked to speak on immigration topics in the Spokane area.

Mr. McLean graduated from Gonzaga Law School with a J.D. degree (cum lade).  He earned an LLM in International and Comparative Law from Georgetown University Law Center, Washington D.C.  He is a member of the Washington Bar Association and a long-time member of the American Immigration Lawyer’s Association (AILA).


Kenneth Bawden

Kenneth Bawden is an employee of the United States Citizens and Immigration Services, a branch of the Department of Homeland Security.  Kenneth currently works as Spokane’s Supervisory Immigration Service Officer.


Dr. P. Vanagamudi

Dr. P. Vanagamudi is currently Vice Chancellor at Dr. Ambedekar Law University, located in Chennai, India.


Dr. Enver Arikoglu

Dr. Enver Arikoglu is a member of the law faculty and Public International Law Department, at Istanbul University.