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This symposium examines the role that state criminal law has or should have in the context of immigration, immigration related activities and unauthorized or undocumented migration. Speakers on the first panel will address the use of state criminal law to heighten, complement or independently accomplish state immigration related goals, with state initiatives such as the Hazleton ordinance or Arizona’s SB 170. Speakers will also consider what role state initiatives may play in ameliorating the draconian effects of the heightened immigration enforcement at the federal level, such as using executive pardons as a way to avoid or impact the deportation of noncitizens whose state conviction may result in their deportation. Speakers will discuss, as well, the interaction between the federal and state governments, exploring the issue of preemption, an issue likely to be settled by the Supreme Court this term, at least with regards the type of state regulation at issue in the Candelaria case.

The second panel features law professors with expertise in immigration, criminal justice and constitutional law, and with practice expertise. In addition, some of the panelists are well versed in how these issues have played a role in Louisiana law enforcement and in the Louisiana legislature.

The keynote speaker, Professor Bill Ong Hing, will explore the ways in which race, ethnicity and national origin intersect with state criminal law enforcement of immigration related activity and undocumented immigrants.  For a complete description.

Symposium Details

  • Location + Date

    Friday, November 5, 2010
    College of Law, 526 Pine Street
    Room 308
    Time: 1:00-5:45 p.m. 
  • Cost + CLE Registration

    The symposium is free and open to the public. 

    CLE Registration - $25 
    Dateline for registration - November 1, 2010 
    In order to receive materials electronically timely, early registration is encouraged.   Materials WILL ONLY be available electronically and will not be available the day of registration.

    Registration Form


  • Schedule
    • 1:00 – 1:30 p.m.
      Keynote: SB1070 and the New Federal-State Anti-Immigrant Regime
      Bill Ong Hing, University of San Francisco School of Law
    • 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
      Federalism in Theory: Constitutional Limits and Practical Implications Searching for a (New?) Theory of Criminal Law Federalism: What the Immigration Debate Reveals about the Limits of Doctrine and Theory
      Jennifer Chacón, University of California, Irvine School of Law

      The Constitutionality of Crimininalizing Unlawful Immigration Status
      Karla McKanders, University of Tennessee College of Law

      When State Courts Meet Padilla: Unrealistic Burden, Mandate for Specialization, or the Supreme Court’s (Inadvertent) Way of Throwing Immigrants Under the Bus?
      César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández, Capital University Law School

      Using the Pardon Power to Prevent Deportation -- Legitimate, Desirable, or Neither?
      Nora V. Demleitner, Hofstra University School of Law

      Moderator: Johanna Kalb, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law

    • 3:30 to 3:45 p.m. Break
    • 3:45 to 5:45 p.m.
      Roundtable: Federalism in Practice – national and local perspectives on states’ use of criminal law to regulate undocumented or unauthorized migration
      Ray T. Diamond, Louisiana State University Law Center
      Ingrid Eagly, University of California, Los Angeles School of Law
      The Honorable Joe Harrison, Louisiana House of Representatives
      Hiroko Kusuda, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law

      Moderator: Andrea Armstrong, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law

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