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Feb. 5, 2002
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Immigration Law & Enforcement to be Focus of Emory Law School's Thrower Symposium

The interplay between immigration and criminal law—and related issues raised in the wake of Sept. 11—will be the focus of the 2002 Thrower Symposium Thursday, Feb. 21 at Emory University School of Law.

Experts and leaders on immigration issues will explore "Immigration Law: Assessing New Immigration Enforcement Strategies and the Criminalization of Migration" during a series of presentations from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Emory Law School’s Tull Auditorium, 1301 Clifton Road.

Doris Meissner, senior associate with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Global Policy Program, will deliver the keynote address on "Protecting Borders and Liberty in the Post-9/11 Era." Meissner served as commissioner for the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) from 1993 to 2000.

Among the presenters is Owen Cooper, general counsel for the INS. Appointed to the position in 1999, Cooper directs the legal program of more than 600 INS attorneys in 56 offices around the country and advises the United States Attorney General on all aspects of immigration law.

Other speakers include a variety of presenters from all sides of the immigration issue. Nora Demleitner, visiting professor of law at Hofstra University School of Law, will present a lecture on "Welcoming Criminals? Cooperation with Law Enforcement in Exchange for Access to the United States." Margaret Taylor and Ronald Wright, professors of law at Wake Forest University School of Law, will present a joint discussion on "The Sentencing Judge as Immigration Judge."

Robert Pauw, a partner in the Seattle law firm Gibbs, Houston & Pauw and instructor at the Seattle University School of Law, will speak on "Plenary Power: A Doctrine Inconsistent with Contemporary Norms." David Cole, professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center, will discuss "Preventive Detention and Immigration." Marc Miller, professor of law at Emory, will serve as moderator and present closing remarks.

The Thrower Symposium is free and open to the public, but advance registration is encouraged by calling 404-727-6831. Registration also is available at the door. Continuing legal education credits are offered.

The Thrower Symposium is an annual event for the legal community and the public to address legal and public policy issues. The event is named for Randolph W. Thrower, alumnus of Emory College and Emory Law School, and was initiated by a gift from his wife and children. A former commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service and former president of the American Bar Foundation, Thrower is a trustee emeritus of Emory, former chair of the Board of Ethics of the City of Atlanta and a senior partner in the firm of Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan.


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