• Immigrants' Rights Under Siege and the Road Ahead

    2019 Immigration Law Forum

  • When

    Friday, November 1, 2019
    8:30 am


    Walter F. Mondale Hall

    University of Minnesota Law School
    229 19th Ave South
    Minneapolis, MN 55455

Efforts to deport and punish immigrants and asylum seekers intensify every month. In these trying times, advocates around the country are challenging injustice at all levels. The Binger Center’s annual forum brings together lawyers and other advocates to learn from each other’s victories and develop tools to continue the struggle to protect human rights, basic dignity, and the rule of law.

This year’s forum will cover a wide range of topics including the historical context for the present immigration crisis, actions taken by state and local governments to protect immigrants, the nuts and bolts of using habeas petitions to get clients out of detention, the devastating effects of the Remain in Mexico policy, and the attack on asylum, particularly for vulnerable women and girls.

Friday, November 1 7.0 CLE Credits
8:30 a.m. Registration
9:00 a.m. Welcome Remarks
9:20 a.m. The Current Crisis in Context: Understanding Immigration History to Support Present Day Advocacy
Moderator: Deepinder Mayell, Executive Director, Binger Center, University of Minnesota Law School
Panelists: Erika Lee, University of Minnesota, Immigrant History Research Center; Dr. Chantel Rodriguez, University of Maryland; and Dr. Andrew Urban, Rutgers University
10:50 a.m. Break
11:00 a.m. The Border Comes Home: Escalating Immigration Enforcement in the Interior of the U.S. and Minnesota
Moderator: Linus Chan, Associate Clinical Professor, Binger Center, University of Minnesota Law School
Panelists: Julie Mao, Just Futures Law; Ruben Loyo, National Immigrant Justice Center; and Ana Pottratz Acosta, Mitchell Hamline Law School
12:30 p.m. Lunch
1:10 p.m. Litigator’s Toolbox: Using Habeas Petitions in Federal Court to Release Detainees
Moderator: Kathy Moccio, Visiting Assistant Clinical Professor, Binger Center, University of Minnesota Law School
Panelists: Mary Georgevich ’18, Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota; Paul Dimick ’19, American Civil Liberties Union – Minnesota; and John Bruning ’17, Kim Hunter Associates
2:40 p.m. Break
2:50 p.m. The Attack on Asylum at the Border and in the Law
Moderator: Stephen Meili, Associate Clinical Professor, Binger Center, University of Minnesota Law School
Panelists: Daisy Ocampo Felt, University of California Davis Law School; Jodi Goodwin; Alison Griffith, The Advocates for Human Rights; and Zachary Albun ’16, Albert Sacks Fellow, Harvard Law School
4:20 p.m. Break
4:30 p.m. Keynote: Karen Musalo, Professor and Director, Center for Gender & Refugee Studies, University of California - Hastings College of the Law
5:30 p.m. Reception

Sponsored By

James H. Binger Center for New Americans


$50 Private Attorney, $25 Nonprofit Attorney, $10 Community Member, Free for Students

CLE Credits

7.0 Standard CLE credits have been requested. Event Code #280765


Lunch will be provided.

A casual reception will follow the final session of the forum. 

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Lorena Anderson
(612) 301-8650

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University of Minnesota Law School

Walter F. Mondale Hall | 229 19th Avenue South | Minneapolis, MN 55455

P: 612-625-5000

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