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School of Law to Host Prominent Advocates to Speak on "Immigration Law Update: In the Courts, at the Border, and in the Valley"

Published: January 23, 2020 | Categories: Law, All News
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The Western New England University School of Law Center for Social Justice will host a program on recent developments in immigration law for immigrant rights supporters, advocates, and lawyers. The program will take place on Tuesday, February 11, from 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m. in the Blake Law Center and is free and open to the public.

The plenary panel will provide updates on asylum and detentions at the border, major court cases impacting immigrant rights, and legislative initiatives at the state and local level. Speakers include:

  • Allegra Love of the Santa Fe Dreamers Project and the El Paso Immigration Collaborative;
  • Dan McFadden of the ACLU of Massachusetts, counsel in a major recent immigration class action victory;
  • Jennifer Klein of the Committee for Public Counsel's Immigration Impact Unit;
  • Claudia Quintero and Hilary Thrasher of the Center West Justice Center; and
  • Megan Kludt, partner in the immigration law firm of Curran, Berger and Kludt, LLC.

Breakout sessions following the plenary will focus on the following topics:

  • Humanitarian Issues: Asylum and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status;
  • Pro Bono Assistance for Immigrants Locally and on the Border; and
  • Immigrants and the Criminal Law/ICE in State Courts

"At a time of extreme stress on immigrants and a rapidly evolving legal landscape, the Center for Social Justice is pleased to work with local partners to highlight current issues about migrants' rights and as well as to provide targeted training to immigrant rights activists and lawyers," said Lauren Carasik, the Center's director. 

Lunch will be served from 12:00 to 12:30 p.m. RSVP for lunch is required by February 6 to

This program is sponsored by Western New England School of Law Center for Social Justice; Central West Justice Center; Curran, Berger & Kludt, LLC; the Immigrant Protection Project of the ACLU of Massachusetts; and the Center for New Americans.