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Workshop on Poverty, Immigration and Property
Monday, June 10 - Wednesday, June 12, 2013
San Diego, California

Why Attend? The recent Arizona SB 1070 decision, the pending Hazleton litigation, and the state bar licensing cases for undocumented applicants all implicate property rights. Since the infamous alien land laws, most immigration scholars have not addressed this historical issue. Related issues are surfacing again that affect property rights of non-citizens. These developments present a challenge to immigration scholars to examine the intersection between immigration and property. This new lens also can provide us with new insight on other issues of concern to immigrants and immigration policy, such as access to justice. The workshop brings together two communities of scholars: immigration and property. For immigration scholars, the workshop presents a special opportunity to interact with property law scholars around these intersections. For example, State v. Shack, 277 A.2d 369 (N.J. 1971), a forty-year old case, is enjoying a renaissance and spike in scholarly attention among property scholars. In Shack, perhaps the most progressive decision found in the property law canon, the New Jersey Supreme Court recognized the right of migrant workers to receive visitors over the objections of the property owner. The court’s expansive opinion declared, “Property rights serve human values. They are recognized to that end and are limited by it.” Though narrowly the holding in Shack relates to property owners’ right-to-exclude, the case invites consideration of the nature of property, the rights of immigrant/vulnerable workers, and how seemingly neutral legal principals impact the poor. In addition to exploring emerging themes in property law scholarship, this workshop offers an opportunity to interact with leading immigrant law scholars.

When: The Workshop will begin on Monday, June 10th with registration at 3:00 p.m. and a Reception with Posters at 6:30 p.m. The program will include three days of plenary sessions, concurrent sessions and working group discussions. The conference will conclude at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 12, 2013. In addition to the program sessions, there will be luncheons on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and receptions on Monday and Tuesday evenings.

Where: The Westin Gaslamp Quarter Hotel, San Diego, California. The hotel is located in the historic and vibrant Gaslamp Quarter, featuring shopping, restaurants, and entertainment.

Hotel Rate: $199.00 for single and double occupancy and $20.00 additional for each additional adult in the room. All rooms shall be subject to 2013 established sales tax; as of November 2012 the tax rate is 12.5%, plus $0.20 per room per night. Children staying in the same room with their parent(s) are free of charge.

Topics Include: What Lies at the Intersection of Poverty, Property and Immigration; After SB 1070: Exclusion, Inclusion and Immigrants; Reconsidering State v. Shack; Transnational Perspectives on Poverty, Immigration and Property; as well as Concurrent Sessions

Confirmed Plenary and Luncheon Speakers: Muneer I. Ahmad (Yale); Gregory S. Alexander (Cornell); Bernadette Atuahene (Chicago-Kent); Daniel Bonilla (University of Andes, Bogotá); Eleanor Marie Brown (George Washington); Rashmi Dyal-Chand (Northeastern); Gerald López (California, Los Angeles ); David A. Martin (Virginia); Karla M. McKanders (Tennessee); Sarah H. Paoletti (Pennsylvania); Eduardo Moisés Penãlver (Cornell); Joseph W. Singer (Harvard); Allison B. Tirres (DePaul); Rose Cuison Villazor (California Davis)