Fall 2017 Thursdays 4:15-5:30 pm in Wolf Law 304

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September 7, 2017

Ming H. Chen: University of Colorado Law School

Defensive Citizenship

Ming Hsu Chen is an Associate Professor at the University of Colorado in Boulder, where she is a faculty member of the law school and holds faculty affiliations in Political Science and Ethnic Studies. She teaches immigration law, citizenship, and administrative law and is writing a book on immigrant integration in the United States. She directs the Immigration Law and Policy Program.

Discussant: Melissa Hart, CU Law School

Presentation slides available


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September 14, 2017

Linda Bosniak: Rutgers Law School

Citizenship and Migration: How Borders Matter 

Linda Bosniak is an immigration, citizenship, and constitutional theory scholar at Rutgers Law School. She is completing a book on territoriality and immigrants' rights.

Discussant: Ming Hsu Chen, CU Law & Political Science

Paper Available

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September 21, 2017

Irene Bloemraad: University of California Berkeley Sociology Department

Membership and Migration: (How) Does Citizenship matter?

Irene Bloemraad is a Professor of Sociology and the Thomas Garden Barnes Chair of Canadian Studies at UC Berkeley. She spearheaded the Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative at the University of California Berkeley. She is a member of the U.S. National Academies of Sciences committee reporting on the integration of immigrants into American society.

Discussant: Lisa Martinez, DU Sociology

Paper available


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September 28, 2017

Michael A. Olivas: University of Houston Law Center

Undocumented Lawyers, DACA, and Occupational Licensing

Michael Olivas is the William B. Bates Distinguished Chair in Law and Director of the Institute for Higher Education Law and Governance at the University of Houston Law Center. He is the subject of Law Professor and Accidental Historian: The Scholarship of Michael A. Olivas (Carolina Press 2017) and has a forthcoming book Perchance to DREAM, A Legal and Political History of the DREAM Act (NYU Press).

Discussant: Edelina Burciaga, CU Denver Sociology

Paper available

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October 5, 2017

Stella Burch Elias: University of Iowa Law School

Immigration Federalism and Refugee Resettlement

Prof. Stella Burch Elias is an Associate Professor at Iowa Law, where she founded the Advanced Immigration Law and Policy Project and teaches International Law and Immigration Law. He research focuses on public international and comparative law, with a focus on United States and foreign immigration and nationality laws.  

Discussant: Chris Lasch, DU Law School

Paper available

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October 12, 2017

Daniel Kanstroom: Boston College Law School

Deportation World: The Rise of a Global System and Its Challenges to Human Rights

Daniel Kanstroom is the Thomas F. Carney Distinguished Scholar, and Director of the International Human Rights Program. Professor Kanstroom was the founder of the Boston College Immigration and Asylum clinic and co-founder of the Immigration Spring Break Trips. His newest initiative, the Post-Deportation Human Rights Project, seeks to conceptualize and develop a new field of law while representing US deportees abroad and undertaking empirical study of the effects of deportation on families and communities.

Discussant: Justin Desautels-Stein, CU Law

Paper available upon request

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October 19, 2017

Jack Chin, UC Davis Law School

The War Against Chinese Resturants (student seminar only)

Gabriel "Jack" Chin is Director of Clinical Education and a teacher and scholar of Immigration Law, Criminal Procedure, and Race and Law. His efforts with students to repeal Jim Crow laws still on the books includes a successful 2003 petition to the Ohio legislature to ratify the Fourteenth Amendment and the repeal of anti-Asian alien land laws which were on the books in Kansas, New Mexico and Wyoming. For this work, "A" Magazine named him one of the “25 Most Notable Asians in America.” In connection with classes with a practical component, he has tried felony cases and argued criminal appeals with his students.

Discussant: Christie Sue, CU Sociology

Paper available

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October 26, 2017

Robin Lenhardt: Fordham Law School

Marriage as Black Citizenship?

Robin Lenhardt is Professor of Law and Faculty Director of the Center on Race, Law and Justice at Fordham Law School. Professor Lenhardt specializes in matters pertaining to race, family, and citizenship. 

Discussant: Jennifer Hendricks, CU Law

Paper available 

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November 2, 2017

Seema Sohi: CU Ethnic Studies Department &

Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia: Penn State Law School

Race, Surveillance, South Asian Exclusion 

Seema Sohi teaches Race and Citizenship in the Department of Ethnic Studies at CU Boulder. Her research examines radical anticolonial politics of South Asian intellectuals and migrant workers in North America.

Shoba Sivaprasad Wadha is the Samuel Weiss Faculty Scholar and Clinical Law Professor at Penn State Law. She directs the Center for Immigrants’ Rights Clinic and teaches immigration, asylum, and refugee law. She has written extensively on post-9/11 treatment of Muslim Americans and the travel ban.

Discussant: Scott Skinner-Thompson, CU Law

Paper available by request (Sohi)

Paper available (Wadhia)

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November 9, 2017

Sarah Krakoff: CU Law School

S. James Anaya: CU Law School

Citizenship, Borders and Tribal Sovereignty

Sarah Krakoff is the Raphael J. Moses Professor of Law at CU Law, where her areas of expertise include American Indian law, natural resources and public land law. She is co-author of American Indian Law: Cases and Commentary. Professor Krakoff previously directed CU's American Indian Law Clinic.

S. James Anaya is the Dean and Charles Inglis Thomson Professor of CU Law School. He is an expert on international human rights and indigenous people. He formerly served as UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous People and a Professor at the University of Arizona Law School and the University of Iowa Law School.

Discussant: James Anaya, CU Law

Paper available (tribal membership)

Paper available (Tohono O'odham) 

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November 16, 2017

Tom K. Wong: UC San Diego Political Science Department

Immigration Reform, DREAMers, and the Future of DACA

Tom Wong is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the International Migration Studies Program at the University of California, San Diego. He has conducted national surveys of DACA recipients and written several books on migrant illegality. His book The Politics of Immigration: Partisanship, Demographic Change, and American National Identity (Oxford Press 2016) analyzes roll-call votes on immigration-related legislation in Congress.

Discussant: John Griffin, CU Political Science

DACA survey (survey methods available from CAP site)

Book chapter on legislative reform

November 16, 2017

Special Event: Roundtable Discussion on DACA (5:30-7:30 pm, Boettcher Hall - Wolf Law 1st floor)

Immediately following Tom Wong's lecture, the closing session will feature a roundtable of academics, advocates, and Dreamers that will discuss the future of the Dream Act, their experiences as DACAmented students, and how individuals and communities can support Dreamers once DACA sunsets.

Dinner is from 5:30-6pm (CURRENTLY FULL). Roundtable at 6pm is open to the public. Please join us for the roundtable if you did not RSVP for dinner.

Roundtable participants

Dreamers: Shiyan Zhang, Gabriela Solano Serna

Faculty: Prof. Tom Wong, CU Law Prof. Violeta Chapin, CU Denver Prof. Edelina Burciaga, DU Prof. Lisa Martinez

Administrators: David Aragon

Moderator: Prof. Ming H. Chen

This dinner is co-sponsored by the CU Office of Diversity, Equity, and Community Engagement and the U Immigration Law & Policy Program

For more information please contact Edyael at edca8236@colorado.edu


All faculty and students welcome at the public lecture. For more information or to request papers, please contact Professor Ming H. Chen (ming.h.chen@colorado.edu).

Jointly sponsored by the CU Immigration Law & Policy Program and the Colorado Immigration Scholars Network.