With the Asian American Law Journal, Berkeley Journal of Criminal Law, Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law & Justice and Berkeley La Raza Law Journal, the California Law Review presents:

Inside Out: The New Borders of Immigration Policy
Thursday, February 24 - Thursday, March 3, 2011
UC Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall)
Berkeley, CA

General Information:

In the past two decades, immigration policy debates have largely shifted away from concerns about who can enter the United States to instead focus on how we regulate immigrants who are already here. At the same time, advocacy across the political spectrum has increasingly attached legal and political import to immigrants' performance of their identities in ways that either reinforce or destabilize our beliefs about who immigrants are. Anti-immigrant rhetoric frequently invokes racist, sexist, homophobic, and Christian fundamentalist imagery to suggest that recent immigrants are a bad fit for the United States. Meanwhile, immigrants' rights advocates assert that the stereotypes lurking beneath current immigration law and policy ignore the incredible diversity of immigrant America. At the core of both groups' advocacy, though generally unspoken, are deeply-held convictions about the identity of America itself.

In partnership with the Asian American Law Journal, Berkeley Journal of Criminal Law, Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law & Justice, and Berkeley La Raza Law Journal, this symposium seeks to foster a conversation that foregrounds the role of identity in immigration law and policy and in current discourses around immigration reform.

Please contact Senior Articles Editor Camille Pannu with questions or requests for information.


Thursday, Feb. 24 at 3:30PM (Boalt 105)
Neil Gotanda Memorial Lecture

Law & Memory: What Asian American Jurisprudence Reminds Us About Citizenship, Immigration & Identity

Professor Rose Cuison Villazor (Hofstra University)

Monday, Feb. 28 at 12:45PM (Boalt 100)
Setting the Stage: A Conversation on the History and Trajectory of Immigration Law
Professors Leti Volpp and Sarah Song, Berkeley Law School

Tuesday, Mar. 1 at 12:45PM (Boalt 105)
Ordinary Guys: Why Integrating Immigrants Won't Prevent Terrorism
Betsy Cooper, DPhil, Oxford University

Wednesday, Mar. 2 at 12:45PM (Boalt 105)
Not Fitting the Mold: Barriers to Asylum for LGBT Refugees

Kim Thuy Seelinger, U.C. Berkeley Human Rights Center
Neil Grungras, Organization for Refuge Asylum and Migration (ORAM) International
Jeffrey Martins, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Asylum Pro-Bono Project

Thursday, Mar. 3 (Boalt Hall - Goldberg Room)

Vulnerable Populations in Immigration Detention
Moderator: Laurel Anderson ('11), Berkeley Law

Kyra Lilien (‘06), Centro Legal de la Raza
Raha Jorjani, UC Davis Immigration Clinic
Jennifer Stark, ACLU of Southern California
Hayley Upshaw, Legal Services for Children. 

Political Organizing for Immigrants' Rights: Attorneys as Allies in Grassroots Movements*

Moderator: Karen Tumlin (‘04), National Immigration Law Center

Gisella Ramirez, Border Action Network
Renee Saucedo (‘90), La Raza Centro Legal
Luís Perez, DREAM Activist (UCLA)
Lizbeth Mateo, DREAM Team LA. 
* with the Hon. Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice

Closing Remarks & Reception

Professor Stephen Lee (UC Irvine)

Speaker Biographies:

Professor Rose Villazor's scholarship focuses on property, immigration, race, and citizenship law. Prior to joining Hofstra Law's faculty, she served as a human rights fellow at Columbia Law School, where she focused on the domestic application of international human rights. After graduating from law school, she clerked for the Honorable Stephen H. Glickman (D.C. Court of Appeals), and received an Equal Justice Works fellowship to work for New York Lawyers for the Public Interest from 2001-2004. Professor Villazor's recent articles have theorized immigration among Pacific Rim states and island nations, with a focus on race, land rights, and Asian/Pacific Islander immigration to the United States. Representative works include, Blood Quantum Land Laws: The Race versus Political Identity Dilemma (Calif. L. Rev. 2008); Rediscovering Oyama v. California: The Intersection of Property, Race and Citizenship (Wash. L. Rev 2010); Reading Between the (Blood) Lines: Political, not Racial, Membership (So. Cal. L. Rev. 2010).

Professor Leti Volpp teaches at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, where she writes about citizenship, migration, culture, and identity. She is a recipient of two Rockefeller Foundation Humanities Fellowships, a MacArthur Foundation Individual Research and Writing Grant, and the Association of American Law Schools Minority Section Derrick A. Bell, Jr., Award. Prior to joining Boalt Hall, Professor Volpp was a Skadden Fellow at Equal Rights Advocates and the ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project, a trial lawyer in the Voting Rights Section of the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, and a staff attorney at the National Employment Law Project. Her representative publications include Legal Borderlands: Law and the Construction of American Borders (with Mary Dudziak, 2006); Divesting Citizenship: On Asian American History & the Loss of Citizenship Through Marriage (UCLA L. Rev. 2005); and The Citizen and the Terrorist (UCLA L. Rev. 2002).

Professor Sarah Song is a professor of law and political science within UC Berkeley's Law School and Department of Political Science, where she focuses on the moral, political, and legal philosophy of the history of American political thought. She specializes in contemporary liberal and democratic theory in relation to issues of citizenship, nationalism, multiculturalism, cosmopolitanism, and migration. Her book, Justice, Gender and the Politics of Multiculturalism (2007) was the recipient of the American Political Science Association's 2008 Ralph Bunche Award. She is currently working toward a book project on the role of territorial presence and affiliation norms in determining immigrant integration into political communities.

Betsy Cooper focuses on the comparative impact of terrorism on immigrant integration policies, particularly policies adopted in the 2000s. The author of over twenty manuscripts and articles on U.S. and European immigration and refugee policy, she holds a D.Phil. in Politics and M.Sc. in Forced Migration from Oxford University, and completed her undergraduate education at Cornell University. Ms. Cooper's prior work experience includes the Prime Minister's Strategy Unit in London, the World Bank, the Migration Policy Institute, and the Centre on Migration, Policy & Society. At Yale, Ms. Cooper assists the Iraqi Refugee Project and is a member of the Law School's Information Society Project.

Kim Thuy Seelinger is the Director of the Sexual Violence & Accountability Project at UC Berkeley's Human Rights Center. Prior to joining the Human Rights Center, Seelinger was a staff attorney and clinical teaching fellow at the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies at UC Hastings College of the Law, where she co-taught the Refugee and Human Rights Clinic and represented numerous asylum seekers fleeing gender-based violence. Seelinger has published and presented extensively on refugee law, gender-based violence, persecution based on sexual orientation, and the intersection between health and human rights. Her primary fieldwork experiences have focused on Uganda, Vietnam, and Haiti. Seelinger graduated from NYU School of Law and serves on the board of the Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC).

Neil Grungras is a long-time immigration lawyer within the Bay Area who founded the Organization for Refuge, Asylum, and Migration (ORAM) in order to better serve LGBTI asylum seekers. Prior to founding ORAM, Mr. Grungras served as a country director at the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, and he later directed refugee protocols and procedures for the U.S. State Department. He continues to advocate on behalf of gender and sexual minorities in the asylum-seeking process.

 Jeffrey Martins is a graduate of the University of San Francisco School of Law, and he has served as an immigration lawyer within the Bay Area for over ten years. Originally an asylum officer, Mr. Martins processed thousands of applications for Lawful Permanent Residence and asylum. As a private practitioner, he directs the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights's pro bono clinic in asylum and refugee rights, as well as providing training for private attorneys and private law firms who seek to provide pro bono service to asylees. Finally, Mr. Martins has delivered numerous trainings and presentations for the Northern California American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), and he continues to provide advocacy for marginalized refugee populations.

Laurel Anderson is a third-year law student at U.C. Berkeley and a future law clerk at Executive Office for Immigration Review. Prior to and during law school, Laurel has represented LGBT asylum seekers with the East Bay Community Law Center and East Bay Sanctuary Covenant. She recently published the article, "Punishing the Innocent: How the Classification of Male to Female Transgender Individuals in Immigration Detention Constitutes Illegal Punishment under the Fifth Amendment," in the Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law & Justice.

 Kyra Lilien (Boalt '06) oversees Centro Legal de la Raza's immigration program and provides direct representation to individuals and families. With a special focus on social justice and refugee rights, Ms. Lilien previously served as a research fellow at the International Criminal Court, a monitor for the Special Court of Sierra Leone, and a legal associate at Kirkland & Ellis, where she was the recipient of the 2009 Kirkland & Ellis Pro Bono Service Award. 

Raha Jorjani is a Supervising Attorney and Lecturer in UC Davis School of Law's Immigration Law Clinic. A specialist on the intersection of criminal law and immigration law ("crimmigration"), Ms. Jorjani has successfully represented immigrants facing detention and deportation before the Board of Immigration Appeals and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Additionally, Ms. Jorjani advises and trains public defenders on the immigration consequences of criminal convictions. Prior to joining UC Davis's Immigration Law Clinic, Ms. Jorjani was a Staff Attorney with the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project in Arizona, the Immigrant Defense Project, and Families for Freedom, where she represented immigrants detained by the Department of Homeland Security.

Jennifer Stark is an Equal Justice Works Fellow within the Immigrants' Rights Project at the ACLU of Southern California in Los Angeles, California. As a fellow, she work to address the needs of non-citizens in detained by U.S. immigration in Southern California. These non-citizens, who often live with psychiatric and developmental disabilities, regularly endure abuse and neglect while also being denied their due process rights in removal proceedings.

 Hayley Upshaw is a Staff Attorney at Legal Services for Children in San Francisco. In August 2008, she was awarded an Equal Justice Works fellowship to represent unaccompanied immigrant youth in the Bay Area. She assists youth in obtaining safe, stable living arrangements through guardianship or dependency, in getting the educational services they require, and in pursuing immigration relief. Before attending law school, Hayley taught elementary school for three years in San Jose, California. During law school she represented youth in school expulsion hearings and delinquency proceedings and provided special education advocacy for foster youth.

 Karen Tumlin (Boalt/Goldman School '04) is the Managing Attorney for the National Immigration Law Center (NILC), where she focuses on promoting the rights of low-income immigrants through litigation and administrative advocacy. Before joining NILC as a Skadden Fellow in 2005, Ms. Tumlin clerked for the Hon. Dorothy W. Nelson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Prior to law school, she was a research associate at the Urban Institute, where she coauthored studies on immigration, welfare, and language access issues. She is one of the lead attorneys in the lawsuit filed by several civil rights organizations challenging the constitutionality of Arizona's Senate Bill (SB) 1070.

Gisella Ramirez is the Campaign & Organizing Director for the Border Action Network, a grassroots network of Arizona border communities who formed to ensure that immigrant rights are respected, human dignity upheld, and that border communities remain healthy places to live. Ms. Ramirez has played a central role in grassroots organizing against Arizona's SB 1070 and accompanying anti-Latino legislation.

Renee Saucedo (Boalt '90) is the Community Empowerment Coordinator at La Raza Centro Legal (San Francisco) and has worked as an organizer, attorney, and advocate since 1991. Ms. Saucedo has worked on campaigns and efforts to secure the rights of undocumented workers, day laborers, domestic workers, the poor, homeless, and youth, with a particular focus on Latino communities. She is most known for her work in establishing day laborer centers and forming empowering day laborer models for political organizing.

Luís Perez is a graduate of UCLA Law School and an AB 540 (resident undocumented) student within California. A national figure in the efforts to establish a national "DREAM Act," Luís has played a crucial role in organizing undocumented immigrant students across numerous institutes of higher education.

Lizbeth Mateo is an undocumented youth organizer from Los Angeles and a graduate of the California State University, Northridge, with a B.A. in Chicano Studies. In 2007 she co-founded Dreams to be Heard, a support group for undocumented students at CSUN. Two years later, Lizbeth and a handful of young people co-found Dream Team LA-a youth-led organization of students, educators, and community members that advocates for the rights of immigrant youth and that of the larger immigrant community. Dream Team LA is part of a nationwide network of youth led groups advocating for the passage of the Federal Dream Act. As part of "The Dream is Coming" project, Lizbeth and four other immigrant youth became the first youth to risk deportation by staging a sit-in inside Senator McCain's office in Tucson, Arizona on May 17, 2010 in an effort to compel Congress to act on the DREAM Act. In December of 2010, Lizbeth and youth from over 15 states came together to form the National Immigrant Youth Alliance (NIYA)-an undocumented youth-LED network of grassroots organizations, campus-based student groups and individuals committed to achieving equality for all immigrant youth, regardless of their legal status. Lizbeth plans to apply to law school in 2011.

Professor Stephen Lee (Boalt '06) is an inaugural faculty member at the UC Irvine School of Law, where he works on the intersection of administrative law and immigration law. With a particular focus on the nexus between labor law, federal regulation, and immigration law, his research examines the growing phenomenon and role of employers and private actors in shaping immigration policy. Prior to joining UC Irvine, he served as a Law Fellow at Stanford Law School. His representative publications include The Schematics of Workplace Enforcement (under submission); Private Immigration Screening in the Workplace (Stan. L. Rev. 2009); and Citizen Standing and Immigration Reform: Commentary and Criticism (Calif. L. Rev. 2005).


We are grateful for the generous support of our sponsors, including the Berkeley Journal of African-American Law & Policy, the Berkeley Journal of Middle Eastern & Islamic Law, National Lawyers Guild, Hon. Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice at Berkeley Law, Ethnic Studies 5th Account, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Center for Latin American Studies,  University of California Human Rights Center, Boalt Hall Student Association, Graduate Assembly, and Berkeley Law Office of Student Services.




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