Alumni Short

Allies, not Heroes: Immigrant Rights Lawyering in the Trump Era

Wednesday, October 7, 2020
Lisa Carberry

Join Prof. Michael Kagan, Author: The Battle to Stay in America

Immigration law has been a battlefield during the Trump Administration. But while lawyers have often been front and center in this battle, they have not always prevailed, and they have not always been as powerful as they might have hoped. Come discuss the realities of being a lawyer in the trenches of one of the great civil rights struggles of our time. What are the roles of lawyers vis-a-vis community organizers? What is the role for privileged, white allies in a climate of racialized attacks on people of color? How do we cope with the constant pressure to do more in the face of overwhelming need? How can we maintain our own well being for a long fight?

Speaker biography: The author of The Battle to Stay in America, Michael Kagan is the director of the UNLV Immigration Clinic, which defends children and families fighting deportation in Las Vegas, where he is also the Joyce Mack Professor of Law at the UNLV Boyd School of Law. He was a plaintiff in one of the lawsuits that prevented the Trump Administration from adding a question about citizenship to the 2020 census. He has written for The Washington Post,, and The Daily Beast and is a leading national scholar of immigration and refugee law.

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