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20th Annual Bell Distinguished Lectureship in Law to Feature Hiroshi Motomura

UCLA School of Law professor to speak April 17 at The College of Wooster

27 March, 2017 by Sarah Stanley

WOOSTER, Ohio – Hiroshi Motomura, the Susan Westerberg Prager Professor of Law at UCLA School of Law, will present "Migrants, Refugees, and Citizens: Some Hard Questions for Immigration Policy" at the 20th annual Bell Distinguished Lectureship in Law on Monday, April 17, at The College of Wooster. The free public lecture will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Gault Rectial Hall of Scheide Music Center (525 E. University St.). A dessert reception will precede the lecture.

Motomura, an influential teacher and scholar of immigration and citizenship law, received his B.A. from Yale University and J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. His 2006 book, Americans in Waiting: The Lost Story of Immigration and Citizenship in the United States, 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, and was chosen by the U.S. Department of State for its Suggested Reading List for Foreign Service Officers. His most recent book, Immigration Outside the Law, also won a PROSE Award and was chosen by the Association of College and Research Libraries as a Choice Outstanding Academic Title.

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 as vice chair of the board of directors of the National Immigration Law Center. In the fall of 2008, he was an outside advisor to the Obama-Biden transition team's Working Group on Immigration Policy.

The Bell Distinguished Lectureship in Law was endowed in 1999 by Jennie M. Bell and Samuel H. Bell, a 1947 Wooster graduate and a federal judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. The purpose is to engage students, faculty, members of the legal profession, and members of the community in a legal issue that has broad implications for society. The Bells hope, by way of this lectureship, to bring the best minds of the legal profession to Wooster students and the local community. This lectureship also joins their long-held affection for the law and faith in the values derived from a liberal arts education.

The Bell Lectureship is sponsored by The Bell Distinguished Lectureship in Law Fund and The College of Wooster's Pre-Law Advising Program. Additional information is available by phone (330-263-2380) or e-mail (preeder@wooster.edu).