Social Justice, Gender and Legal Change in Asylum Law @ Vanderbilt University Law School, Nashville [12 February]

Social Justice, Gender and Legal Change in Asylum Law

12:10 - 13:00

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Vanderbilt University Law School
131 21st Ave S, Nashville, Tennessee 37203
Please join the International Legal Studies Program for an engaging talk by Professor Deborah Anker of Harvard Law School. Legal change is often thought of as change from the top down — change brought about by new legislation, regulations, precedent administrative, and federal court decisions, or changes resulting from major impact litigation. Gender asylum in the United States, however, tells a different story of legal change from the bottom up, grounded, at least in significant part, in direct representation of women refugees.

Professor Anker will recount the development of gender asylum law in the United States over the past two decades. Direct representation can actually change the culture of decision-making and be an effective vehicle for meaningful legal change. At the same time, such representation, rather than disempowering clients, can create authentic and non-hierarchical relationships between lawyer and client.

The Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program (HIRC), now 35 years old, has played a key role in the development of gender asylum law, and in the transformation more broadly of U.S. asylum law. Professor Anker will touch upon challenges that lie ahead, as the new administration seeks to expedite asylum hearing processes and limit the role of legal advocates. Deborah Anker is Clinical Professor of Law and Director of HIRC. Author of a leading treatise, Law of Asylum in the United States, Anker has co-drafted ground-breaking gender asylum guidelines and amicus curiae briefs. Professor Anker is one of the most widely known asylum scholars and practitioners in the United States.

A special thanks to the Dean's office of the College of Arts and Science, the Robert Penn Warren Center, the Political Science Department, and the family who endowed the Humanities 1610 course for the College of Arts and Science for making events like this possible.

This event is free and open to the public. Lunch will be served.

Visitors should park in the Terrace Place Garage, spaces 41-92, at the corner of 21st Ave. South and Terrace Place, or the Wesley Place Garage, spaces 52-170, at the corner of 21st Ave. South and Scarritt Place. Parking costs range from $4.00 to $12.00 at these garages. Both are within walking distance of the law school.
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