Pursuing Justice. Finding Solutions.

 Gonzaga Journal of International Law 

2014 Annual Spring Symposium

Immigration and Migration: Theory and Practice (Tentative Schedule)

March 21, 2014


8:30 – 9:00      Registration

9:00 – 9:15      Opening Remarks: (Gonzaga University President or Vice President, GJIL Editor in Chief David Clukey, and Professor Upendra Acharya)

9:15 – 9:30       Keynote Address

Domestic Immigration Policy: A Practical Discussion and Paths to Reform

 9:30 – 11:00    Panel 1: Domestic Immigration Law in Practice (1.5 credits: 1 general credit and 0.5 ethics credits)

Moderator: Professor Critchlow

1. Professor Jim McLean: Practical aspects of applying for visas and gaining legal status in the United States.  Specifically employment based visas, PERM issues, and preference categories will be discussed.  Family based visas including immediate relative and preference visas plus same-sex marriage developments will be offered.  Finally, employment based nonimmigrant visas will be covered.  Fee sharing will also be discussed as it applies to RPC 1.5 and newly enacted RPC 1.5A, enacted November 18, 2013 and RPC 1.2 as it applies to dual representation.

2. Kenneth Bawden: Detention and political asylum in the United States

3. Dr. Balaji: “Cultural Adjustments of Refugees in India: A Human Rights Perspective”: Immigration and human rights through an examination of refugees and immigrants in India.

 11:00 – 11:15 Break

 11:15 – 12:45  Panel 2: Guarding Borders, Criminal Consequences (1.5 credits: 1 general credit and 0.5 ethics credits)

Moderator:  Professor Treuthart

1. Sarah Lara-Silva: Law enforcement on the United States’ borders – perspectives from the Department of Homeland Security and duties of Immigration and Customs Enforcement Officials (“ICE”).

2. Manuel Rios: An examination of the current landscape regarding: (1) How non-citizens come to be placed in removal proceedings; (2) Common grounds of inadmissibility and deportability; (3) Detention/bond eligibility in removal proceedings; (3) Removal proceedings overview; (4) General of relief in removal proceedings; (5) Motions to reopen – focusing on Lozada motions, based on an allegation of ineffective assistance of counsel by the prior attorney.

The ethical issues discussed will revolve around the evolution of the standard of care and competency in the mercurial field of immigration law, specifically implicating RPC’s 1.1, 1.3, and 1.4.

3. Harvey Gee: An examination of Asian American legal history including immigration and naturalization; discriminatory immigration laws; and race theory.


12:15 – 1:15     Lunch Break  (Lunch will be provided to paying attendees)


 Immigration, Migration, and Human Rights from a Multi-Cultural Perspective

 1:30 – 3:00       Panel 3: Human Rights, Removal, and Detention (1.5 credits)

Moderator:  Professor Acharya

1.  Professor Jim Nafziger: “Hardening Soft Law Protections of Migrants and Non-Migrants”: A discussion of two initiatives – a declaration on displaced persons and a convention to protect migrant workers, their effectiveness, and reform which would increase effectiveness.

2. Dr. P. Vanangamudi: Perspectives on immigration/migration from an international/transnational perspective, focusing on specific regions.

3. Dr. Enver Arıkoğlu: “Legal and Humanitarian Dimensions of Syrian Refugee Crisis in Turkey and Other Neighboring Countries:  This presentation first provides a general overview of legal parameters that surround the question of asylum seekers and refugees in Turkey and the other hosting countries in the light of international legal framework of refugee protection and judgments of the European Court of Human Rights concerning refugee issues. Secondly, this presentation examines the living conditions and the treatment of the refugees in each of these host states.  Finally, this paper seeks to address international community’s political and humanitarian responses to the Syrian refugee crisis and concludes by reflecting on the extent to which the Syrian refugee case study can assist improved management of mass flight in the future.  This presentation is adapted from a paper co-authored by Dr. Elif Baskaracaoglu.

3:00 – 3:10       Break

 3:10 – 4:40       Panel 4: Migration (1.5 credits)

Moderator:  Professor Gillmer

1. Christopher Gafner: This presentation will explore the following questions: What are the global immigration options for highly educated foreign nationals?    Why are they attracted to the United States and how does the United States immigration policy compare to the immigration policies of other countries? Finally, if immigration reform does not happen, are there regulatory changes that could improve the quality and efficiency of the nation’s immigration policy for attracting the best and the brightest? 

2.  Professor Bernard Trujillo: “Mexican Families and the US Mexico Border”: The intersection of immigration law and family law as focused through the prism of the legal notice of child support.  Focus on a bi-national approach to the regulation of Mexican labor migration to the United States, which focuses on the duties of families as providers of support for children. Finally, a policy discussion will be offered to discuss whether U.S. immigration policy has an interest in the support of Mexican children residing in Mexico.

3.  Steven Bender:  “Compassionate Migration: A Regional Policy Vision for the Americas” argues for compassionate migration reform in the United States and improved relations among the hemispheric nations. Rooted in concern for the ongoing militarization of the U.S.-México border, as well as increasing dehumanization of immigrants, exclusion, and disregard for fundamental human rights, the forthcoming volume and my presentation will explore which laws, policies, practices, and venues might establish compassion for migrants.  This presentation is adapted from book project of original invited essays, titled Compassionate Migration: A Regional Policy Vision for the Americas, co-edited with John Shuford of Gonzaga University and William F. Arrocha of Monterey Institute of International Studies.

 4:40 – 4:50      Concluding Remarks (GJIL Symposium Editors: Kelsi Wainwright and Allison Hardgrove)

 Total Credits: 6 credits (including 1 ethics credit)