A Tribute to Juan Osuna | Access to Justice, Due Process and the Rule of Law in the US immigration System – Present Realities and a Vision for the Future

A Tribute to Juan Osuna | Access to Justice, Due Process and the Rule of Law in the US immigration System – Present Realities and a Vision for the Future

Event Date and Time November 15, 2018 9:00 am
Event Ends November 15, 2018 5:00 pm
Venue Washington DC
Venue Address Washington D.C., DC, USA


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This event will honor the legacy of Juan P. Osuna, an exemplary public servant, lawyer, scholar and friend. As Director of the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) at the US Department of Justice (DOJ), Juan oversaw the agency that houses the US immigration court system. Prior to joining EOIR, he served as Associate Deputy Attorney General at DOJ, where he oversaw immigration policy. He also served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in DOJ’s Civil Division, where he was in charge of immigration-related civil litigation in the federal courts. Juan also served as Chairman of the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), the highest administrative tribunal on immigration law in the United States. Prior to his government service, Juan worked as a highly respected editor and partnered with a variety of agencies in the immigration community on many important projects.

The event will include expert panels on a series of themes and issues of great importance to Juan, including the rule of law in the immigration system; political asylum and protection of survivors of violence; due process; immigration court reform and management; and responding to large-scale migrant and refugee flows. The Center for Migration Studies (CMS) will also publish a series of papers on these themes and issues following the conference. The panels will analyze current policies and set forth a vision for the future. The event will also include keynote addresses and a panel comprised of former public servants who will speak on Juan’s contributions and legacy.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Eleanor Acer, Senior Director of Refugee Protection, Human Rights First
  • Robert Carey, Leadership in Government Fellow, Open Society Foundation
  • Rena Cutlip-Mason, Chief of Programs, Tahirih Justice Center
  • Karen Grisez, Public Service Counsel, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP
  • Lucas Guttentag, Professor of the Practice of Law, Stanford Law School
  • Donald Kerwin, Executive Director, Center for Migration Studies
  • Alejandro Mayorkas, Partner, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
  • Lindsay Nash, Clinical Assistant Professor of Law, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law • Yeshiva University
  • Stephen W. Yale-Loehr, Professor of Immigration Law Practice, Cornell Law School
  • Wendy Young, President, Kids in Need of Defense

The conference will be held on November 15, 2018 from 9:00am to 5:00pm in Washington DC. Space is limited. In order to attend this event, you must register at https://goo.gl/forms/aEewy2TVKQEL6mB12 and receive a confirmation email.