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8th Annual Immigration Law and Policy Conference
April 26, 2011

Georgetown University Law Center, Bernard P. McDonough Hall
600 New Jersey Ave., NW, Washington, DC  20001


8:15 am            


Event Registration

9:00 am Hart Auditorium

Opening Remarks:  The Utah Experience by Mark Shurtleff, Utah Attorney General

Followed by a discussion on the Devolution of Immigration Authority: The Role of States in Immigration Enforcement and Policymaking

  • Terry Goddard, Former Arizona Attorney General and Former Mayor of Phoenix

  • Tamar Jacoby, President and CEO, ImmigrationWorks USA
  • Mark Shurtleff, Utah Attorney General

  • Doris Meissner, Senior Fellow and Director of the US Immigration Policy Program, MPI; former Commissioner of the US Immigration and Naturalization Service

10:30 am




10:45 am Hart Auditorium

Plenary Session I: The Final Arbiters: When Immigration Policies Come Before the Courts

The panel will examine and debate the prospects and possible outcomes of litigation involving some critical issues in the current political debate: challenges to the Fourteenth Amendment’s guarantee of birthright citizenship, right of basic public education under Plyler v Doe, and the extent to which states and localities can enact laws affecting the foreign born.

Session Moderator: Muzaffar Chishti, Director, MPI at NYU School of Law

Session Speakers:

•   Omar Jadwat, Staff Counsel, ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project

•   David A. Martin, Warner-Booker Distinguished Professor of International Law, University of Virginia, School of Law

•  Michael J. Wishnie, Clinical Professor of Law, Yale Law School

12:00 pm                       
1:00 pm Hart Auditorium

Plenary Session II: State and Local Agencies & Immigration Enforcement: Growing Role, Growing Questions

This panel will examine the federal/state partnerships related to immigration enforcement, including a discussion of 287(g) agreements and Secure Communities, the increasing role played by state and local law enforcement, and the impact of these federal and state immigration measures, including local community perspective.

Session Moderator:   Maria M. Odom, Executive Director, Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. 

Session Speakers:

•   Charlie T. Deane, Chief of Police, Prince William County Police Department

•   Laura G. McHenry, Senior Attorney/Director of Training, Immigration Services, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Atlanta

•   Michele Waslin, Senior Policy Analyst, Immigration Policy Center, American Immigration Council

•   Chuck Wexler, Executive Director, Police Executive Research Forum

2:15 pm Foyer


2:30 pm Hart Auditorium

Plenary Session III: Detention Reform:  Standards, Alternatives, and Vulnerable Populations

This session will discuss DHS detention reform efforts, challenges to reform, civil detention standards, alternative detention models, alternatives “to” and alternative “forms” of detention, the treatment of particularly vulnerable populations, and legal challenges to the US detention regime.

Session Moderator:   Donald Kerwin, MPI Vice President for Programs

Session Speakers:

•    Michelle Brané, Director, Detention and Asylum Program, Women’s Refugee Commission

Mary Meg McCarthy, Executive Director, National Immigrant Justice Center-A Heartland Alliance Partner

Julie Myers Wood, Former Director, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement; President, Immigration and Customs Solutions, LLC

Margo Schlanger, Officer for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, US Department of Homeland Security 

3:45 pm Hart Auditorium

Plenary Session IV: Right to Counsel: New Ideas and Opportunities for Indigent Defense

This panel will examine whether there is meaningful opportunity to expand legal counsel for indigent persons in removal proceedings, and what those vehicles may be.  It will also discuss recommendations to law and policymakers set forth by different groups for ensuring access to counsel.

Session Moderator: Andrew I. Schoenholtz, Visiting Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center; Co-Director, Center for Applied Legal Studies; Deputy Director, Georgetown University Institute for the Study of International Migration

Session Speakers:
Geoffrey Heeren, Fellow, Center for Applied Legal Studies, Georgetown University Law Center

Asa Hutchinson, Former Member of Congress (3rd District of Arkansas); former Undersecretary, US Department of Homeland Security; Partner, The Asa Hutchinson Law Group

 Daniel Olmos, Senior Counsel, Access to Justice Initiative, US Department of Justice

5:00 pm Event Concludes