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Sparer Symposium 2013

32nd Annual Edward V. Sparer Symposium

 Friday, March 15, 2013

 Repairing the Broken Door:  Strategies for Immigration Advocacy and Reform

Schedule of Events

9:00 a.m.     Opening Remarks

  • Michael A. Fitts, Dean and Bernard G. Segal Professor of Law, Penn Law School
  • Howard L esnick, Jefferson B. Fordham Professor of Law, Penn Law School

9:15 a.m.      Where Are We Now? The State of Immigration Today

  • Lucas Guttentag, Founding National Director, ACLU Immigrant Rights Project
  • Mary Meg McCarthy, Executive Director, National Immigrant Justice Center



9:45 a.m.      Policing Immigrant Communities: State and Local Immigration Enforcement Trends and Challenges

  • Marielena Hincapié, Executive Director, National Immigration Law Center
  • Juan Osuna, Director, Executive Office for Immigration Review, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Nicholas Perry, Assistant General Counsel for Immigration Enforcement, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Mark Shurtleff, former Utah Attorney General and Partner, Troutman Sanders LLP

11:15 a.m.     Working Outside the Lines: Immigrants and Exclusion from Labor and Employment Protections

  • Ana Avendano, Assistant to the President and Director of Immigration and Community Action, AFL-CIO
  • Cathleen Caron, Founder and Executive Director, Global Workers Justice Alliance
  • Arthur Read, General Counsel, Friends of Farmworkers
  • Lorelei Salas, Legal Director, Make the Road New York

12:45 p.m.     Lunch

1:00 p.m.       Keynote Introduction - Tania Chairez, University of Pennsylvania Student and DREAM Act Activist

                                 KEYNOTE ADDRESS:  Jose Antonio Vargas, Founder of Define American, Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist



2:00 p.m.       Strategizing Gender and Sexuality: How Personal Narratives Shape and are Shaped by the Immigration System

  • Fernando Chang-Muy, Thomas O’Boyle Lecturer in Law, Refugee Law, and Policy, Penn Law School
  • Ayodele Gansallo, Senior Staff Attorney, HIAS Pennsylvania
  • Victoria Neilson, Legal Director, Immigration Equality


3:30 p.m.       Where Do We Go from Here? Priorities for Immigration Reform

  • Edward Alden, Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
  • Tamar Jacoby, President & CEO, ImmigrationWorksUSA
  • Brittney Nystrom, Director for Advocacy, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services



5:00 p.m.       Reception