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Events and Service

Immigration Symposium

Friday, Feb. 28, 2020
8:30 a.m., Registration
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.,
San Antonio, Texas

The focus of The Scholar‘s annual Immigration Symposium is on the practical aspects of immigration law and the current policy debates surrounding the field. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from a variety of notable immigration attorneys, scholars and judges on current issues within the field of immigration law. Major topics to be addressed at the Symposium generally include:
the intersection of criminal law and immigration, asylum, family-based immigration practice, pathways to citizenship, employment-based immigration, employer sanctions, and the Constitutional concerns associated with a state’s ability to regulate immigration. It is our goal to provide an engaging Continuing Legal Education (CLE) event for immigration practitioners and to engage current law students. The Scholar invites you to join us at this unique event dedicated to our mission of giving a voice to the voiceless.

Registration includes 6.5 CLE credits, breakfast, lunch and presentation materials. Registration costs $115 for attorneys, $75 for non attorney/government employees, $30 for immigration volunteers, $20 for students (St. Mary’s student scholarships available), and is free for St. Mary’s School of Law faculty, staff and Scholar members.

For more information, please contact our Symposium Editor, Gabriel Sáenz, at or (817) 773-5948.

Announcing the Zulema Carrasco Bassham Scholar

The Scholar received a very generous donation from St. Mary’s Law School alumnus Terry Bassham (’85) and his wife Zulema Carrasco Bassham, which was used to establish the Zulama Carrasco Bassham Scholar Symposium Fund.

The Fund will be used to ensure our yearly Immigration Symposium is of the highest possible caliber and will help secure notable speakers, presenters, and practitioners from across the country to speak on a wide variety of immigration issues. We will post updates as they become available. All we can say is this year’s Symposium is one you do not want to miss!

Community Service

Why We Serve

The Scholar has grown to be something much greater than a law review. On top of publishing quality scholarly pieces aimed at bringing awareness and support to issues surrounding minorities, The Scholar has chosen to also support the people who fill the pages of our law review through our community service. The Scholar is unique among law journals in that participation in our community service projects is a requirement for all of our staff writers. We endeavor to forge meaningful relationships with other service organizations in our community, and we hope to create lasting change for those who are most vulnerable and disenfranchised. While The Scholar has always brought a “voice to the voiceless,” we now strive to bring food to the hungry, homes to the homeless and hope to the hopeless.

Contact Us

We would love to hear from you regarding community service opportunities in the Bexar County area. Please forward your suggestions to Kat Gomez at 210-436-3525, or by mail at:

St. Mary’s University School of Law//LL223C
The Scholar: St. Mary’s Law Review on Race and Social Justice
One Camino Santa Maria
San Antonio, Texas 78228
Attn: Kat Gomez