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Immigration Symposium

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.


Friday, Feb. 24, 2017
8:30 a.m., Registration
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Symposium


Norris Conference Center
618 NW Loop 410 #207
San Antonio, Texas 78216

Registration includes 6.75 CLE credits, breakfast, lunch and presentation materials. Registration costs $100 for attorneys, $65 for non-attorney/paralegal participants and $30 for students.

Register for the Symposium

If you’d prefer to mail in your registration, please complete this form. For more information, please contact our Symposium Editor, Claudia Galan.

Excited to Announce this Year’s Immigration Symposium Keynote Speaker

The Scholar is beyond excited and honored to announce Lucas Guttentag as the keynote speaker for this year’s Immigration Symposium. Mr. Guttentag is a nationally recognized expert in immigration, civil rights, and constitutional law and currentlyLucas Guttentag serves in the Obama Administration as Senior Counselor to Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson. Previously, he served as Senior Counselor to the Director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) at the Department of Homeland Security. When his tenure with the Obama Administration ends in January 2017, he will return to his positions as Senior Research Scholar in Law, Robina Foundation Visiting Human Rights Fellow, and Law Lecturer at Yale Law School, where he spends his fall semester, and Professor at Stanford Law School, where he spends winter and spring.

Mr. Guttentag has had a storied career not only in immigration law but in civil rights law generally. After graduating cum laude from Harvard Law School, Mr. Guttentag clerked for U.S. District Court Judge William Wayne Justice in the Eastern District of Texas and subsequently worked as a civil rights lawyer in Los Angeles. He then taught at Columbia Law School as a Clinical Fellow before joining the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). While at the ACLU, Mr. Guttentag founded the Immigrants’ Rights Project and served as its National Director from 1985–2011. From 2011–2014 he served as Senior Counsel at the ACLU.

For over thirty years, Mr. Guttentag has litigated major class action and constitutional cases on behalf of immigrants and has successfully argued landmark appeals before the Supreme Court of the United States, the California Supreme Court, and many Federal District and Appellate Courts. He has also testified before Congress, appeared in national media, and received various accolades for his advocacy and leadership, including being named a “Human Rights Hero” by the American Bar Association’s Human Rights Journal. 

Announcing the Zulema Carrasco Bassham Scholar Symposium Fund

This summer, we at The Scholar received a very generous donation from St. Mary’s Law School alumnus Terry Bassham (’85) andTerry Bassham 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 are 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 Guadalupe Valdez at 210-431-6878, or by mail at:

St. Mary’s University School of Law//LL222
The Scholar: St. Mary’s Law Review on Race and Social Justice
One Camino Santa Maria
San Antonio, Texas 78228
Attn: Guadalupe Valdez

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