2012 Symposium

Noncitizen Participation in the American Polity

(Find the full version of our distinguished scholars’ papers in Volume 21, Issue 2 of the Bill of Rights Journal published December 2012)

The first day of the 2012 Bill of Rights Law Symposium began with introductory remarks by Professor Peter Schuck, the Simeon E. Baldwin Professor of Law Emeritus at Yale University. He offered controversial but thought-provoking comments concerning the disconnect between academic immigration law scholars and the public, challenging what could be seen as the bias of immigration scholars against more effective enforcement.

Our first panel of the afternoon featured Professors Michael A. Olivas, William B. Bates Distinguished Chair in Law at the University of Houston Law Center and Director of the Institute for Higher Education Law and Governance at UH, and  Kevin Johnson, Dean of UC Davis School of Law and Mabie-Apallas Professor of Public Interest Law and Chicana/o Studies. Professor Allison Larsen, Assistant Professor of Law at William & Mary School of Law, served as moderator.

Friday’s second panel featured Professor Jennifer Chacón, Professor of Law and former Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of California, Irvine, School of Law, and Professor Stephen Lee, a Professor of Law also at the University of California, Irvine. The moderator for this panel was Professor Cindy Hahamovitch, Graduate Director in History for the College of William & Mary, the reviews editor for Labor: Studies in Working-class History of the Americas, and the past president of the Southern Labor Studies Association.

A brief summary of our panels from Day One

Saturday kicked off with a panel including Professor Peter Spiro, Charles Weiner Chair in International Law at Temple University, and Professor Rick Su, Associate Professor at SUNY Buffalo Law School. Professor Michael S. Green, Scott Research Professor of Law at William & Mary School of Law served as our moderator.

The fourth panel feature remarks by Professors Deep Gulasekaram, Assistant Professor of law at Santa Clara University School of Law and co-founder of World Children’s Initiative, Inc., and Dan Kanstroom, Professor of Law, Director of the International Human Rights Program, and an Associate Director of the Boston College Center for Human Rights and International Justice. Professor Linda Malone, Marshall-Wythe Foundation Professor of Law and Director of the Human Security Law Center at the College of William and Mary School of Law, was our final moderator.

We were pleased to have Professor Angela Banks, Associate Professor of Law at William and Mary and our symposium faculty advisor, conclude the symposium with her reflections. She focused on the many themes that were developed during the symposium, including the line between citizen and noncitizen, the way in which noncitizens can participate in the polity, and the way in which the polity must consider what if believes about itself.

A brief summary of our panels from Day Two