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January 25 Roundtable on Immigrant Representation in New Jersey

January 11, 2013 – 

Many immigrants in removal proceedings face the harsh prospect of being deported from the United States because they cannot afford competent attorneys. Nationally, only 50% of immigrants are represented; for detained immigrants, just 16% have representation. In New Jersey, the number of detention beds totals about 2,350 — a 47% increase over 2011 — which means that thousands of immigrants are detained every year in the state.

On Friday, January 25, 2013, the Immigrant Rights Clinic at Rutgers School of Law–Newark will host a roundtable discussion titled “Building Justice: Increasing Quality Immigration Representation in New Jersey.” Topics to be covered include the gap in legal representation for immigrants and steps that should be taken to increase the capacity of legal service providers, promote pro bono representation, expand legal orientation and legal representation programs, and educate the public and government officials about these challenges.

There is no charge to attend but pre-registration is required. To register or if you have questions, contact Stephanie Robins at stephanie.robins@rutgers.edu.

The final program can be found here

What: “Building Justice: Increasing Quality Immigration Representation in New Jersey”

Who: Confirmed Speakers:
Dean John J. Farmer, Jr., Rutgers School of Law–Newark           
The Hon. Michael Chagares, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
Juan P. Osuna, Director, Executive Office for Immigration Review
Amy Gottlieb, American Friends Service Committee
Mark Parry, American Immigration Lawyers Association, New Jersey Chapter
Anju Gupta, Assistant Professor of Law and Director, Immigrant Rights Clinic, Rutgers School of Law–Newark

Contributors to Roundtable Discussion:
Catherine Weiss, Chair, Lowenstein Center for the Public Interest, and Partner, Lowenstein Sandler LLP
Daniel Weiss, Esq., Law Offices of Daniel L. Weiss, LLC
Eleanor Acer, Director, Refugee Protection Program, Human Rights First
Elissa Steglich, Managing Attorney, Immigrant Rights Program, American Friends Service Committee
Joanne Gottesman, Clinical Professor of Law and Director, Immigrant Justice Clinic, Rutgers School of Law–Camden
Lawrence Lustberg, Director of the John J. Gibbons Fellowship in Public Interest and Constitutional Law; Chair, Criminal Defense, Gibbons PC
Lori Nessel, Professor of Law and Director, Center for Social Justice, Seton Hall Law
Morgan Alen, Pro Bono Coordinator, Kids in Need of Defense-Newark
Oren Root, Director, Center on Immigration and Justice, Vera Institute of Justice
Melissa Castro, Deputy Outreach Director for U.S. Senator Robert Menendez, Newark office
Robert C. Brady, Director, Gibbons P.C.
Cindy K. Miller, Deputy Director, New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs
Stacy Caplow, Professor of Law, Brooklyn Law School
Raquiba Huq, Supervising Attorney, Immigration Project, Legal Services of New Jersey
Foundation representatives and experts
American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) members
New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA) members
New Jersey law schools
When: 9 am – 2:00 pm, Friday, January 25, 2013
Where: Rutgers School of Law–Newark

The roundtable is co-sponsored by: American Friends Service Committee, City Bar Justice Center, Human Rights First, Kids in Need of Defense, Lowenstein Sandler LLP, Rutgers School of Law–Camden, Rutgers School of Law–Newark, and Seton Hall Law Center for Social Justice.