UHLC and ADL Explore Religious and Legal Aspects of Immigration

Oct. 10, 2017 — The University of Houston Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League will co-sponsor panel discussions on the interplay between religious scripture, law, and public immigration policy on Oct. 20 at the Law Center.

The panels, featuring local religious leaders and legal scholars, will discuss the topic: "The Effects of Immigration on Local Communities." Lauren Jones, ADL civil rights national counsel, and Geoffrey A. Hoffman, a clinical associate professor and director of the Law Center's Immigration Clinic, will moderate.

The religious leaders will focus on what each faith says about immigration, scriptures that focus on immigration, and "welcoming the stranger." Panelists will include Pastor Emmanuel Jackson of Living Word Lutheran Church, Rabbi Steve Morgen of Congregation Beth Yeshurun, Deacon Sam Dunning of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, and Joe Bradford, a Muslim legal scholar.

The second panel of UHLC professors will discuss law, religion and policy regulating immigration. Participants will include Johnny Buckles, Geoffrey Hoffman and James Nelson.

"I am delighted that the Law Center will partner with the Anti-Defamation League to discuss religion and the law," said Dean Leonard M. Baynes. "So much of our laws are grounded in religious precepts. It should prove to be informative to hear how speakers analyze law, religion and immigration policy."

 "At this critical juncture where immigration law is at the forefront of civil rights issues in our state, we are thrilled to partner with the University of Houston Law Center to bring a diverse group of faith leaders and law scholars together to hold a meaningful dialogue before the legal community," said Abbie Kamin, associate regional director, southwest region, for the ADL.

The program will be from 8:00 a.m. to noon, Friday, Oct. 20, in Krost Hall at the University of Houston Law Center, 4604 Calhoun. Attorneys in attendance will earn 2.5 hours of CLE credit. For more information, contact Hope Young at hyoung@central.uh.edu or 713-743-5099.

Media contacts: Elena Hawthorne, UH Law Center Assistant Director of Communications and Marketing, 713-743-1125, ehawthor@central.uh.edu; John T. Kling, UH Law Center Communications Manager, 713-743-8298, jtkling@central.uh.edu; and John Brannen, Senior Writer, 713-743-3055, jtbranne@central.uh.edu 

Media contact for the ADL: Dena Marks, ADL Associate Director, 832-975-8310, dmarks@adl.com; and Abbie Kamin, ADL Associate Regional Director, 713-306-9286, akamin@adl.org.

About the University of Houston

The University of Houston is a Carnegie-designated Tier One public research university recognized by The Princeton Review as one of the nation's best colleges for undergraduate education. UH serves the globally competitive Houston and Gulf Coast Region by providing world-class faculty, experiential learning and strategic industry partnerships. Located in the nation's fourth-largest city, UH serves more than 45,000 students in the most ethnically and culturally diverse region in the country.

About the University of Houston Law Center

The University of Houston Law Center (UHLC) is a dynamic, top tier law school located in the nation's 4th largest city. UHLC's Health Law, Intellectual Property Law, and Part-time programs rank in the U.S. News Top 10. It awards Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.) and Master of Laws (LL.M.) degrees, through its academic branch, the College of Law. The Law Center is more than just a law school. It is a powerful hub of intellectual activity with more than 11 centers and institutes which fuel its educational mission and national reputation. UHLC is fully accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools.

About the Anti-Defamation League

The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all.  ADL has strongly advocated for fair and humane immigration policies. Today it is the world's leading organization combating anti-Semitism, exposing hate groups, training law enforcement on hate crimes, developing anti-bias curricula for students, countering cyber-hate and relentlessly pursuing equal rights for all. 

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