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The 2020 CARES Symposium: Immigrant Justice, Victories & Visions, 3/27

Due to on-going concerns surrounding the coronavirus, this event has been postponed until further notice.

Please see the University's COVID-19 Update for more details. 


Friday, March 27, 2020
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law
299 North Spring Mill Road, Villanova, PA 19085


The Clinic for Asylum, Refugee & Emigrant Services (CARES) at Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law, will bring together the legal, faith and university communities for an inaugural symposium focused on fighting for immigrant justice. Inspired by Villanova’s Augustinian tradition, speakers from universities, nonprofits and religious organizations will share effective, replicable strategies and sustaining visions for supporting immigrant communities.

Writing from Birmingham Jail, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., cited St. Augustine for his principle that an unjust law is no law at all. The CARES Symposium will seek to inspire attendees to examine the moral responsibility we have to question laws and their implications for all, and offer attendees new tools and avenues to support immigrant justice.

Please visit the symposium resources for the full program and speaker biographies. 

This program is approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 5.5 substantive CLE credits.




Subject to change


8:30-9:00 a.m.: Registration and Coffee


9:00-9:45 a.m.: Welcoming Address

Bishop Mark J. Seitz, Bishop for the Catholic Diocese of El Paso
Introduced by Abel Rodríguez, Director, Center on Immigration and Assistant Professor of Religion, Law, and Social Justice, Cabrini University


9:50-10:35 a.m.: Challenges, Trends, Victories & Visions: National & International Perspective (.5 CLE Credit)

Emily Arnold, Attorney, Pima County Public Defender and Advocate, No More Deaths
Maggie Loredo, Co-founder & Co-director, Otros Dreams en Acción (ODA)
Vanessa Stine '14, Immigrants' Rights Attorney, American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania
Amber Qureshi, Legal Fellow, National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild
Moderated by Caitlin Barry, Director, Farmworker Legal Aid Clinic and Assistant Professor of Law, Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law


10:40-11:25 a.m.: SAFE Cities: Effective Local Solidarity (.5 CLE Credit)

Jonah Eaton, Supervising Attorney, Nationalities Service Center
Amy Eusebio, Executive Director, Office of Immigrant Affairs, City of Philadelphia
Shayna Kessler, Senior Planner, Vera Institute of Justice
Emiliano Rodriguez, President, Unite Here!


11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.:

General Legal Track: Overview of the Immigration Appeals Process (1 CLE Credit)

Katelyn Hufe, Co-director, Federal Litigation and Appeals Clinic, Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law and Managing Partner, Gian-Grasso, Tomczak, & Hufe, P.C.

Advanced Immigration Practitioners: Third Circuit Working Group

Faith-Based Organizing Workshop

Lucy Duncan, Director, Friends Relations, American Friends Service Committee (AFSC)

University-Based Immigrant Rights Workshop

Rebecca Feldmann, Director, CARES Clinic & Visiting Assistant Professor, Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law
Rocío Gonzáles-Rojas, Research Assistant, Cabrini University
Michele R. Pistone, Director of Clinic for Asylum, Refugee and Emigrant Services (CARES) & Professor of Law, Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law


12:35-1:35 p.m.: Lunch Plenary (1 CLE Credit)

Rev. Kaji Douša, Senior Minister & CEO, Park Avenue Christian Church
R. Stanton Jones, Partner, Arnold & Porter


1:40-2:40 p.m.:

General Legal Track: Introduction to Immigration Detention (1 CLE Credit)

Michael S. DePrince, Associate, Pepper Hamilton LLP
Christopher R. Healy, Associate, Pepper Hamilton LLP
Rebecca Hufstader, Staff Attorney, Nationalities Service Center
Anthony Vale, Of Counsel & Fellow, The Pepper Center for Public Service, Pepper Hamilton LLP
Kenneth H. Zucker, Partner, Pepper Hamilton LLP

Law & Organizing (1 CLE Credit)

David Bennion, Executive Director, Free Migration Project

Border Solidarity Workshop


2:40-3:40 p.m.:

Immigration Court Observation Project Training (1 CLE Credit)

Immigrant Rights in PA: From Traffic Stops to Drivers’ Licenses (1 CLE Credit)


3:40-4:00 p.m.: Closing