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2/2 in Washington, DC: ABA Press Briefing on Reforming the Immigration System

January 28, 2010

The American Bar Association is pleased to invite you to a press briefing and panel discussion of a new report prepared by Arnold & Porter LLP:

Reforming the Immigration System: Proposals to Promote Independence, Fairness, Efficiency, and Professionalism in the Adjudication of Removal Cases

The groundbreaking report provides a comprehensive review of the current system for determining whether a noncitizen should be allowed to stay in the United States or should be removed.  The report identifies and analyzes problems with the immigration removal adjudication system, and makes recommendations for improving the system through a series of reforms that would enhance independence, fairness, efficiency, and professionalism in removal adjudications.  The report focuses on four major government entities and two areas that pertain to the system as a whole:  (1) the Department of Homeland Security, (2) Immigration judges and the immigration courts, (3) the Board of Immigration Appeals, (4) Federal circuit courts of appeals, (5) Representation in removal proceedings, and (6) System restructuring.

Location: National Press Club, First Amendment Lounge, 529 14th Street NW, Washington, DC

Date:         Tuesday, February 2, 2010

9:30 to 10:30 a.m.


  • ABA President Carolyn Lamm will offer opening remarks and introduce the report.
  • Karen T. Grisez, Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP; Chair, ABA Commission on Immigration
  • Andrew Schoenholtz, Deputy Director, Institute for the Study of International Migration, Georgetown University; Member, ABA Commission on Immigration
  • Lawrence Schneider, Arnold & Porter LLP
  • Michael Lee, Arnold & Porter LLP


The report is embargoed until the time of this panel discussion. It will be available for download and purchase at after the press briefing.

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