Immigration Symposium at FIU….



LLEADS #2: The U.S. Immigration Crises:

Enemies at Our Gates or Lady Liberty’s Huddled Masses?

Perhaps no issue in recent times has invited more passionate and often heated debate than immigration reform. Indeed, both the political Right and Left generally agree that this country’s status quo on the issue leaves much to be desired. In effort to follow a ground-breaking symposia series known as “Latinos and Latinas at the Epicenter of American Legal Discourse” (LLEADS), the FIU Law School with the assistance of the FIU Law Review has decided to publish the Second LLEADS Symposium, this time focusing on immigration. With the state of Arizona’s, through its enactment of SB 1070, attempt to create its one immigration policy and localities like the Town of Hazelton following a similar approach, immigration touches upon not only migration and foreign policy, it is now at the core of domestic constitutional struggles over issues such as federalism and the Ninth and Tenth Amendments.

Some of the country’s leading scholars that have agreed to take part in this important law review issue include AALS President, Professor Michael H. Olivas, Society of American Law Professors Co-President Professor Steven Bender, and leading scholars such as University of Florida Professor Berta E. Hernandez-Truyol, Rutgers University Professor Linda S. Bosniak, and University of Texas Law Professor Gerald Torres, just to name a few.

  We invite you to a Symposium to discuss and write on these important issues, hosted by the Law Review at the Florida International University College of Law on February 24-25, 2011. The gathering will bring together a small, select group of nationally-renowned scholars, government officials, and practitioners to present and discuss potential changes in immigration law, as well as structural and administrative reform that could resolve among the most hotly contested issues of our era.

On Friday February 25th, we will conclude with a plenary panel on the prospects and challenges of comprehensive immigration followed by an off-the-record discussion among our distinguished guests. Attached, you will find a schedule that outlines our program, as well as information about hotel locations.

We very much hope that you will be able to join us.


The FIU Law Review                                                                 Ediberto Roman

                                                                                                  Professor of Law

R. Alexander Acosta

       Dean, FIU College of Law

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LLEADS #2: The U.S. Immigration Crises:

Enemies at Our Gates or Lady Liberty’s Huddled Masses?

Thursday, February 24th

8:00AM – 9:15AM Breakfast at FIU College of Law

9:15AM – 9:20AM Introduction by Professor Ediberto Roman

9:20AM – 11:45AM  Panel I:  The Immigration Crisis: Empirical & Other Data

Moderator: Juan Javier Del Granado, FIU Law Visiting Scholar


·     Professor Peter Margulies, Roger Williams University

·     Professor Natsu Saito, Georgia State University

·     Professor Imtiaz Hussain, Universidad Iberoamerican, México City

·     Professor Linda Kelly Hill, University of Indiana

Commentator: Dean Nilda R. Pedrosa, FIU Law

12:00PM – 2:00PM  Lunch & Welcome Remarks

Dean R. Alexander Acosta

2:00PM – 4:30PM  Panel II: The Prospects for & Challenges of Reform

Moderator: Interim Associate Dean & Professor Hannibal Travis, FIU Law


·     Professor Ediberto Roman, FIU Law

·     Professor Maria Pabon Lopez , University of Indiana

·     Professor Juan Gomez, Interim Director FIU Immigration Law Clinic

·     Professor Berta Hernandez, University of Florida

Commentator: Professor Cyra Choudhury, FIU Law

5:00PM   Art Exhibit & Networking Reception

Hosted by FIU College of Law Clinic

Haiti: Faces of Hope

 Friday, February 25th

8:00AM – 9:00AM  Breakfast at FIU College of Law

9:00AM -10:30AM Panel III:  Reform and Related Prospects

Moderator: Professor Troy Elder, FIU Law


·     Leon Fresco, Immigration Counsel, U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee

·     Professor Steven Bender, Oregon

·     Professor Alfonso Gonzales, Lehman

·     Professor David Abraham, Miami

Commentator:  Juan Gomez, FIU Law Visiting Faculty

10:30AM – 12:00PM Immigration Reform Workshop & DREAM Act

Moderator:  Josie Goytisolo, Vice President News and Public Affairs Holavision

·     Jesus Medina & Karen Iglesias — FIU Public Health Immigrant Advocacy Coalition students

·     DREAM Walker Video & commentary by DREAM Walker, Carlos Roa

Reflective Discussion led by Judge Cristina Pereyra, Host of Univision’s Veredicto Final

12:00PM  Feature Debate & Luncheon  

Debate topic:  Birthright Citizenship

Dean John Eastman, Chapman University

Professor Ediberto Roman, FIU Law

2:00PM   Closing Remarks & Wrap-up

Professor Gerald Torres, University of Texas

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