Law symposium to focus on immigration Feb. 10

JAN. 25, 2017 – Panels of immigration scholars and practitioners will examine major issues related to immigration policy at a day-long symposium hosted by the Charleston Law Review of the Charleston School of Law and the Riley Institute at Furman University.

“With a new administration in the White House that campaigned on building a wall between the United States and Mexico to cut down on illegal immigration, this symposium comes at the perfect time,” Charleston School of Law President Ed Bell said.  “We’re fortunate to be able to host seasoned practitioners to share their insights on the issue.”

Tammy Besheres, director of immigration policy for the S.C. Appleseed Legal Justice Center in Columbia, will be keynote speaker at the symposium, titled “The Uncertain Future of U.S. Immigration Policy.”  She’ll be joined during the day with three expert-led panel discussions that focus on:

The intersection of immigration and criminal law:  Expectations under a new Administration;

An examination of the civil liberties and rights of immigrants; and

Immigration reform and its effect on the economy.  Can South Carolina afford to do nothing?

“Now in its ninth year, this series is unique in the country in focusing on critical societal issues within a legal framework,” said Don Gordon, executive director of the Riley Institute.  “This year is no exception and the topic is more relevant than ever."

Conference details

The symposium qualifies for five hours of Continuing Legal Education credits in South Carolina.  Walk-in registrations are accepted at a cost of $150, with alumni receiving discounted tuition of $100.    For a full agenda and to register, visit this site online:

The symposium starts at 8:30 a.m., Feb. 10, and ends at 3:30 p.m.  It is being held in the Charleston Music Hall, John St., Charleston.  Attendance without CLE credit is free.  The event is open to the public.