Friday, October 28, 2022 - 12:00pm to 1:00pmUptown Campus
"The Crisis of Immigrant Detention in Louisiana"
Professor Laila L. Hlass teaches and writes about the convergence of the immigration enforcement and criminal legal regimes, immigrant children, and experiential pedagogy, and she co-directs Tulane’s Immigrant Rights Clinic. In particular, her scholarship interrogates the policies, doctrines, and practices within the immigration legal system that perpetuate racial subordination. Her most recent law review articles have appeared or are forthcoming in the California Law Review, Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, American University Law Review, and Utah Law Review. She regularly speaks and appears in the news regarding migration, refugees and immigrant children and has written op-eds for Slate, the Boston Globe and Ms. Magazine. Professor Hlass serves on the board of the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana and the Clinical Law Review. In 2022, she was recognized with the Elisabeth S. “Lisa” Brodyaga Award from the National Immigration Project for outstanding contributions to immigrant rights.
Mary Yanik directs the Immigrant Rights Clinic at Tulane Law School, supervising students in representing immigrants in deportation defense, affirmative applications for lawful status, constitutional litigation, and strategic advocacy. She specializes in assisting immigrant workers, including victims of labor trafficking, and in defending constitutional rights of immigrants, as well as in providing legal support to organizers. Her research agenda focuses on immigration detention, constitutional litigation, and models of lawyering that support social change. In the inaugural year of the clinic, she co-authored No End in Sight: Prolonged and Punitive Detention of Immigrants in Louisiana, which analyzed ten years of litigation by detained immigrants seeking release from detention in the state.