January 9, 2015
Professor Raquel Aldana co-organized the 2015 AALS Annual Meeting Academic Symposium, "Congressional Dysfunction and Executive Lawmaking during the Obama Administration," held Jan. 5, 2015 in Washington, D.C.. C-SPAN news live-streamed the symposium and has it available to watch online.
Aldana collaborated with Professors Alina Das, Assistant Professor of Clinical Law at NYU School of Law and Jennifer Chacón, from UC Irvine School of Law on the symposium proposal and organization.
"The idea for the program was born out of our own work as immigration scholars and in response to the conversation over the legality and legitimacy over President Obama’s Executive Acts in immigration, particularly those to defer the exercise of the removal power against certain undocumented immigrant youth, also known as the dreamers," said Aldana in her opening remarks.
The symposium was divided into four panels:
Panel 1: The Obama Administration and Separation of Powers
Moderator: Ming Hsu Chen, University of Colorado School of Law
Speaker: Chad DeVeaux, Concordia University School of Law
Speaker: Jill E. Family, Widener University School of Law
Speaker: Joseph Landau, Fordham University School of Law
Speaker: William P. Marshall, University of North Carolina School of Law
Panel 2: The Obama Presidency and Federalism
Moderator: Raquel E. Aldana, McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific
Speaker: Pratheepan Gulasekaram, Santa Clara University School of Law
Speaker: Gillian E. Metzger, Columbia University School of Law
Speaker: Hari Michele Osofsky, University of Minnesota Law School
Speaker: Amy L. Stein, University of Florida Fredric G. Levin College of Law
Panel 3: The Obama Presidency and Right
Moderator: Jennifer M. Chacon, University of California, Irvine School of Law
Speaker: Catherine Y. Kim, University of North Carolina School of Law
Speaker: Sudha N. Setty, Western New England University School of Law
Speaker: Bijal Shah, New York University School of Law
Speaker: Mary P. Treuthart, Gonzaga University School of Law
Panel 4: DACA: Executive Discretion or Lawmaking?
Moderator: Alina Das, New York University School of Law
Speaker: Geoffrey Heeren, Valparaiso University School of Law
Speaker: Peter Margulies, Roger Williams University School of Law
Speaker: Juliet P. Stumpf, Lewis and Clark Law School
Speaker: Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia, Pennsylvania State University The Dickinson School of Law