Hiroshi Motomura, the Nicholas Doman Professor of International Law at CU-Boulder, will give the 26th annual Austin W. Scott Jr. lecture March 12 at 4 p.m. in the Fleming Law Building.
Titled, "Terms of Belonging: Immigration and the Meaning of U.S. Citizenship," the lecture is free and open to the public.
Professor Motomura will discuss his book in progress on immigration and citizenship. According to Motomura, "The idea of America as a 'nation of immigrants' reflects different -- and sometimes conflicting -- views of what it means to come to this country."
Before joining CU-Boulder's faculty in 1982, Motomura practiced law in Washington, D.C., with the firm Hogan and Hartson. In 1997, he was named a President's Teaching Scholar, which is the university's highest teaching distinction.
He is a nationally recognized authority on immigration and citizenship and the co-author of a leading law school casebook, "Immigration and Citizenship: Process and Policy." Motomura frequently serves as a volunteer consultant on federal immigration cases, including the current U.S. Supreme Court case on the constitutionality of indefinite detention. He is also one of the co-founders of the Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network.
The Austin W. Scott Jr. Lecture Series was established in 1973 by Dean Don W. Sears in memory of Professor Scott, who had been a faculty member of the University of Colorado School of Law for 20 years. Each year, the dean of the law school selects a member of the faculty who has been involved in a significant scholarly project to lecture on his or her research. Last year Associate Professor Rebecca French talked about Einstein's theory of relativity, George Gamow's popularization of the expanding universe and how our cultural "heroes" contribute to new perspectives.
The lecture also is approved for one credit of general continuing legal education. For more information call the CU School of Law at (303) 492-8047, or visit their Web page at http://www.colorado.edu/Law.