March 31 Leary Lecture to Focus on Intersection of Immigration Law, State Laws

For 150 years, states have fought Congress for the power to control authorized and unauthorized migration. The immigrant stream continues to change the demographics of the nation, and immigration’s economic effects are debated in the midst of a tough job market. On March 31, Professor Jack Chin will deliver the 48th Annual Leary Lecture, “The Endless Battle for State Immigration Crimes,” at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law. The 12:15 lecture, to be held in the Sutherland Moot Courtroom, is free and open to the public.

“Jack Chin is one of the leading scholars on the intersection of immigration law and criminal law,” Professor Robin Craig said. “His Leary Lecture reflects a career’s worth of research and thought, as well as Professor Chin’s acute observations of the real world.”

In the context of the current debate about immigration, a number of states and localities have become interested in using their own police, laws and courts to address what some consider an invasion, taking place in open disregard of the nation’s laws. “What could be wrong,” they ask, “with helping the federal government carry out its own laws?” This lecture will address the constitutionality of the recent wave of state and local laws dealing with immigration, the Supreme Court’s decisions on the matter, President Obama’s administrative amnesties, and the SAFE Act, pending in Congress, which would explicitly allow the states to enact their own immigration laws, so long as they were consistent with federal law.

Gabriel “Jack” Chin teaches at the UC Davis School of Law where he specializes in criminal law, immigration and race and law. He is an award-winning scholar whose work has been published in the Cornell, UCLA and Penn law reviews, and the Yale, Duke and Georgetown law journals. His scholarship has been cited four times in the U.S. Supreme Court in cases dealing with prosecution of immigrants.

The 48th Annual Leary Lecture is free and open to the public. One hour free CLE available. The event will be streamed live and archived for future viewing. For questions about this event contact Miriam Lovin.

Limited meter parking available in the College of Law parking lot. Free parking available at Rice-Eccles Stadium or take TRAX University Line to the Stadium stop and walk a half block to the north.

The Leary Lecture is named in honor of William H. Leary, the College of Law’s dean from 1915 to 1950, who was renowned for his intellectual rigor and love of teaching.