Immigration law scholar to speak on enforcement

Tuesday, 09 September 2008
Professor Michael A. Olivas, a nationally recognized expert in the field of immigration law, will address the volatile immigration issues that state and local governments are currently debating (such as Oklahoma’s H.B. 1804) in a lecture at the University of Tulsa College of Law.

The lecture, “Immigration – Related State and Local Ordinances: Pigtail Ordinances and the Proper Role for Enforcement,” is free and open to the public. It will be held at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 11, in the Price & Turpen Courtroom at the TU College of Law.

Olivas is widely recognized as one of the nation’s leading scholars of immigration law, having served twice as chair of the American Association of Law Schools Immigration Law Section. He has also authored several books dealing with immigration and related issues.

Olivas, the William B. Bates Distinguished Chair of Law and director of the Institute of Higher Education Law and Governance at the University of Houston Law Center, is the only person to hold membership in both the American Law Institute and the National Academy of Education.

Along with his expertise in immigration law, Olivas has a long-standing expertise in higher education law. He has served two terms as general counsel for the American Association of University Professors and three terms as chair of the Law and Education section of the AALS.

The TU College of Law provides an academically rigorous, yet congenial atmosphere with opportunities for scholarship, leadership and faculty mentoring. Students develop practical skills through participation with student-driven legal journals, award-winning moot court teams, two on-campus clinics and a new pro bono program.

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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 09 September 2008 )