How “Far Gone” Are We Now? Immigration, Security, & American Values, from Justice Jackson’s Time to Our Own

“Congress has ample power to determine whom we will admit to our shores and by what means it will effectuate its exclusion policy. The only limitation is that it may not do so by authorizing United States officers to take without due process of law the life, the liberty or the property of an alien who has come within our jurisdiction; and that means he must meet a fair hearing with fair notice of the charges.  It is inconceivable to me that this measure of simple justice and fair dealing would menace the security of this country. No one can make me believe that we are that far gone.”

Justice Robert H. Jackson, dissenting in Shaughnessy, District Director of Immigration & Naturalization v. United States ex rel. Ignatz Mezei, March 16, 1953


10:00 am Welcome & Introduction

Susan Moran Murphy President & CEO

Alan Y. Cole Memorial Lecture: Robert H. Jackson on Immigrants, Citizens, Power & Liberty

John Q. Barrett, Professor of Law, St. John’s University, & Elizabeth S. Lenna Fellow, Robert H. Jackson Center

10:45-11:45 am

National & State Powers -Lucas Guttentag, Professor of the Practice of Law, Stanford Law School & Distinguished Senior Fellow and Lecturer, Yale Law School; former Senior Counselor to the Secretary, U.S. Department of Homeland Security; founder and former director ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project,

Sweeping Power and Shallow Rights: An Historical Perspective on Immigration Regulation and Constitutional Protections

Rick Su, Professor of Law, University at Buffalo School of Law

Sanctuary or Force Multiplier: Local Involvement in Federal Immigration Enforcement 

Question & Answer

12:00-1:15 pm  Lunch

Keynote Speaker:  Theodore M. Shaw, Julius L. Chambers Distinguished Professor of Law & Director of the Center for Civil Rights, University of North Carolina School of Law; former Director-Counsel & President of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.

Uncharted Territory: The Existential Threat to American Republic

1:30 pm  Second Panel

Security & Civil Rights

Joyce White Vance, Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law, University of Alabama School of Law; former United States Attorney, Northern District of Alabama (2009-2017)

The Role of the Prosecutor in Protecting Civil Rights and Keeping Communities Safe

Margo Schlanger, Henry M. Butzel Professor of Law, University of Michigan; former U.S. Department of Homeland Security Officer for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

Civil Rights at the Border: National Security, Border Screening, and the Muslim Ban

3:00 pm  Participants – Audience dialogue

3:30 pm  Conclusion, soft drinks, & socializing.

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Stanley A. Weeks Charitable Legacy Fund at

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