February 7, 2012

Southeast Symposium on State Immigration Law: Keynote Speech by Assistant Attorney General Tony West

Caroline Fredrickson

President, American Constitution Society
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Tony West

Assistant Attorney General, Civil Division, Department of Justice
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At ACS's Southeast Symposium on State Immigration Laws, Tony West, the Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division of the Department of Justice gave the keynote address.

At the day's first panel, national experts discussed the legal landscape with regard to the constitutionality of state immigration laws and upcoming Supreme Court review of Arizona SB 1070. Click here for video of the panel. The panel included:

  • Moderator, Neil Kinkopf, Professor of Law, Georgia State University College of Law
  • Gabriel "Jack" Chin, Professor of Law, University of California, Davis, School of Law
  • Pratheepan Gulasekaram, Assistant Professor, Santa Clara Law
  • Jonathan R. Siegel, Kahan Family Research Professor of Law, The George Washington University Law School
  • Cecillia Wang, Director of the Immigrants' Rights Project, American Civil Liberties Union

Judge U.W. Clemon, the former chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama, served as a featured speaker. Click here for video of the speaker.

At the day's second panel, national and regional advocates connected legal developments to local action. Click here for video of the panel. The panel included:

  • Moderator, Angela Maria Kelley Vice President for Immigration Policy and Advocacy, Center for American Progress
  • Representative Stacey Y. Abrams, House Minority Leader, Georgia General Assembly
  • Tammy Besherse, Staff Attorney, South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice Center
  • Kristi Graunke, Senior Staff Attorney, Southern Poverty Law Center
  • Marielena Hincapié, Executive Director, National Immigration Law Center
  • Charles H. Kuck, Managing Partner, Kuck Immigration Partners LLC