Journal of Civil Rights and Social Justice to Hold Symposium on Immigration Rights

Lexington, VA Thursday, February 16, 2006

Lexington, VA Feb. 14, 2006 The Washington and Lee Journal of Civil Rights and Social Justice presents it annual symposium, "Are you a Terrorist or an American?: An Analysis of Immigration Law & Policy Post 9/11" on Thursday, Feb. 23, at 2 p.m., in the W&L School of Law Moot Courtroom.

The symposium will present an analysis of the Federal Government's response to terrorism as it manifested itself in American immigration law and policy. The principal presenter, Professor David Cole of Georgetown Law School, is a prominent legal scholar who has been published in a variety of areas, including civil rights, criminal justice, constitutional law and law and literature.

Cole is the legal affairs correspondent for The Nation; a commentator on National Public Radio: All Things Considered. Cole has authored three books: Enemy Aliens: Double Standards and Constitutional Freedoms in the War on Terrorism (New Press, 2d ed. 2005); Terrorism and the Constitution: Sacrificing Civil Liberties for National Security (New Press, 3d ed. 2005) (with James X. Dempsey); and No Equal Justice: Race and Class in the American Criminal Justice System (New Press, 1999).

Commentary will be provided by W&L Law Professor Mark Drumbl, who will address international perspectives on the issues, and Attorney Mary Pivec of the Washington, D.C., office of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP, who will provide a practitioner's analysis of changes in the law following 9/11.

The Journal of Civil Rights and Social Justice is a research and reference publication focusing on race and ethnicity as it intersects with class, gender, ability, sexuality and the law. Conceived as neither leftist nor conservative, but in a spirit of openness, the Journal seeks to address critical, relevant issues affecting minorities in this country. The Journal hosts a symposium as a means of encouraging academic discourse on issues important in today's political and legal climate.

The symposium is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Sherry Terborg-Galloway, managing events editor of the Journal of Civil Rights and Social Justice, at

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