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2016 Higgins Distinguished Visitor - Hiroshi Motomura

Date: 5:30pm PST March 7, 2016 Location: Legal Research Center

  • Hiroshi Motomura, Susan Westerberg Prager Professor of Law
    Hiroshi Motomura, Susan Westerberg Prager Professor of Law

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Immigration Law Beyond Civil Rights: What Does the Political Debate Tell Us?

Hiroshi Motomura, the Susan Westerberg Prager Professor of Law, is an influential teacher and scholar of immigration and citizenship law. His book, Americans in Waiting: The Lost Story of Immigration and Citizenship in the United States (Oxford 2006) won the Professional and Scholarly Publishing (PROSE) Award from the Association of American Publishers as the year’s best book in Law and Legal Studies. The book was also chosen by the U.S. Department of State for its Suggested Reading List for Foreign Service Officers. Motomura is a co-author of two immigration-related casebooks: Immigration and Citizenship: Process and Policy (7th ed. West 2012), and Forced Migration: Law and Policy (2d ed. West 2013). He has published many widely cited articles on immigration and citizenship. His most recent book, Immigration Outside the Law (Oxford 2014), won the Association of American Publishers’ Law and Legal Studies 2015 PROSE Award.

Professor Motomura has testified in the U.S. Congress, has served as co-counsel or a volunteer consultant in many litigated cases and policy matters, and has been a member of the American Bar Association’s Commission on Immigration. He is one of the co-founders and current directors of the Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network (RMIAN), and he serves on the Board of Directors of the National Immigration Law Center. In the fall of 2008, he was an outside adviser to the Obama-Biden Transition Team’s Working Group on Immigration Policy. Motomura also is a member of the Editorial Board of the International Migration Review.

Before coming home to California and joining the permanent faculty of UCLA Law in 2008, Motomura was the Kenan Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and before that he served as the Nicholas Doman Professor of International Law at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He has been a visiting professor at Hokkaido University in Sapporo, Japan, the University of Michigan Law School, and UCLA. He was the first Lloyd Cutler Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin, and has served on the Board of Governors of the University of North Carolina Press.

In 1997, Motomura was named President’s Teaching Scholar, which is the highest teaching distinction at the University of Colorado, and he has won several other teaching awards, including the 2008 Distinguished Teaching Award for Post-Baccalaureate Instruction at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and the 2013 Chris Kando Iijima Teacher and Mentor Award from the Conference of Asian Pacific American Law Faculty (CAPALF). Most recently, he was one of just 26 law professors nationwide profiled in What the Best Law Teachers Do (Harvard, 2013), and he received the UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award in 2014. He teaches immigration law, immigrants’ rights, and civil procedure.

The Higgins Distinguished Visitor is endowed by a grant from the Lorene Sails Higgins Charitable Trust. The program was designed to provide Lewis & Clark faculty and students and the Portland community the opportunity to learn from and interact with legal scholars from around the world.

1.0 CLE credit will be sought for the lecture.

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Free and open to the public.

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Gretchen Jesse

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