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National experts to discuss new immigration laws April 4 (Released 3/3/97)

by Elizabeth Omara-Otunnu, Office of University Communications.

STORRS, Conn. -- A leading national policy maker and a nationally recognized scholar in the field of immigration law will lead a discussion of new immigration laws during a one-day conference at the University of Connecticut School of Law.

The conference, open to the public, will take place from 9 a.m. - 4p.m. April 4 in Janet M. Blumberg Hall at 55 Elizabeth St., Hartford.

Judge Paul Schmidt, chairman of the Board of Immigration Appeals, and Gerald Neuman, a professor of law at Columbia University School of Law, will each make a presentation and will moderate panel discussions on the new immigration statutes passed by Congress last summer. The new laws take effect in April.

Schmidt was deputy general counsel of the Immigration and Naturalization Service from 1978 - 1987 and acting general counsel of the INS from 1979 - 1981 and 1986 - 1987. At the INS, he was instrumental in developing rules and procedures to implement the Immigration Reform and #97088 Page 2

Control Act of 1986. From 1987 - 1992 he practiced law as a partner of Jones, Day, Reavis and Pogue and was managing partner of the Washington, D.C., office of Fragomen, Del Rey and Bernsen from 1993 - 1995, prior to his appointment to the Board of Immigration Appeals in February 1995.

Neuman has been a member of the Columbia Law School faculty since 1990. After graduating from Harvard Law School in 1980 he was clerk to Judge Abner Mikva of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. He has written numerous articles in both American and German publications, including "Whose Constitution?" in the Yale Law Journal in 1991, and a book, Strangers to the Constitution: Immigrants, Borders and Fundamental Law, published in 1996 by Princeton University Press.

Panelists are:

  • Lenni Beth Benson, a professor at New York Law School and director of the Advocacy Board of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.
  • Bo Cooper, assistant general counsel of the INS and chief of the INS Office of Asylum and Refugees.
  • Maria Isabel Medina, a professor at Loyola University School of Law, where she teaches constitutional law, administrative law and employment discrimination.
  • Gary Palmer, a captain in the U.S. Coast Guard and chief of the law section at the Coast Guard Academy, where he teaches cadets about implementing federal immigration policy and how to deal with migrants.
  • Michael Patrick, a partner at Fragomen, Del Rey and Bernsen, who served as chair of the American Immigration Lawyers Association from 1993 - 1994 and chair of the Immigration Law Section of the Federal Bar Association from 1989 - 1993.
  • Michael Scaperlanda, a professor at the University of Oklahoma Law Center and former chair of the Law Teachers Committee of the Immigration Lawyers Association (1993-94). Since 1993, he has served as chair of the Immigration Advocacy Board of the Immigration and Legalization Services office of the Diocese of Austin.
  • Peter Spiro, a professor at Hofstra University School of Law, who served as International Affairs Fellow of the Counsel on Foreign Relations in Washington, D.C., from 1993 - 1994.
  • Margaret Taylor, a professor at Wake Forest University School of Law, where she teaches immigration law, administrative law and alternative dispute resolution. In 1988-89 she was clerk to Judge Terre S. Williams of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit.

The workshop is sponsored by the Connecticut Law Review, a scholarly journal managed, edited and published by students at the UConn Law School.

There is no charge for registration. Lunch will be available for a small charge. For additional information and to register, call David Shapiro or Russell Kauff at (860) 570-5331.