The landscape of immigration law was significantly affected by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2017, and several issues of legal and policy import will be continued on the 2018 docket. Are there any significant limits to the President’s ability to refuse entry of foreign nationals into the U.S.? How long may a non-citizen be detained without a bond hearing? Can doctrines traditionally applied to criminal law be applied to civil immigration law? How far does the right to effective counsel in a criminal proceeding extend within the immigration context? To what extent can states and localities refuse to comply with federal immigration enforcement? While most of these questions were addressed, a number were left unanswered until the next term.
In this course, attorney Matthew Blaisdell will examine the cases that were heard by SCOTUS in the last year, with an eye towards several decisions and issues that may be front and center in the next term, including the “travel ban” and “sanctuary cities.” He will examine a number of background issues presented in the cases, including: Article II Separation of powers and the executive authority to regulate immigration; the First Amendment establishment clause; Fifth and Fourteenth Amendment substantive due process, procedural due process, and the void for vagueness doctrine; Sixth Amendment effective assistance of counsel; the commandeering doctrine and related 10th Amendment concerns; and statutory construction disputes within the Immigration and Nationality Act.
Matthew Blaisdell is a solo practitioner with offices in Brooklyn and White Plains, New York. He is Chair of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) National Consumer Protection and Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee, frequently writes and presents on the topic of ethics and immigration fraud, and has provided testimony to several cities considering legislation to protect immigrant consumers. He also regularly provides trainings and lectures on topics including prosecutorial discretion, executive action, immigration options for youth and unaccompanied minors, LGBTQ immigration issues, and how to interact with immigrant clients, and he remains active on these and other topics within the immigration committees of the New York City and New York State Bar Associations. He received his juris doctor, as well as an LL.M in environmental law, from Pace Law School, and is a graduate of the New York City Environmental Law Leadership Institute (NYCELLI).
highly valuable contribution to our understanding
Great overview of subjects
Great info on current issue even though they are very complicated & ever-changing
Great course. Would love to take a full seminar on the topic.
Outstanding CLE, Thanks.
Thank you! Great presentation.
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