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Riley Institute Co-Sponsors Symposium on Immigration

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Immigration attorneys, practitioners and scholars will examine major issues related to immigration policy at a day-long symposium hosted by the Charleston Law Review of the Charleston School of Law and the Riley Institute at Furman University.

The symposium will be held Friday, Feb. 10 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  It is being held in the Charleston Music Hall on John St.  The event is open to the public, and attendance without Continuing Legal Education credit is free.

“With a new administration in the White House that campaigned on building a wall between the United States and Mexico to cut down on illegal immigration, this symposium comes at the perfect time,” Charleston School of Law President Ed Bell said.  “We’re fortunate to be able to host seasoned practitioners to share their insights on the issue.”

Tammy Besherse, director of immigration policy for the S.C. Appleseed Legal Justice Center in Columbia, will be keynote speaker at the symposium, titled “The Uncertain Future of U.S. Immigration Policy.”  She’ll be joined during the day with three expert-led panel discussions that focus on:

  • Immigrants and Criminal Law—What Can We Expect Under a Trump Administration?
  • Examining the Civil Liberties and Rights of Immigrants
  • Immigration Reform and the Economy—Can South Carolina Afford to Do Nothing?

“Now in its ninth year, this series is unique in the country in focusing on critical societal issues within a legal framework,” said Don Gordon, executive director of the Riley Institute.  “This year is no exception and the topic is more relevant than ever.”

Conference details

The symposium qualifies for five hours of Continuing Legal Education credits in South Carolina.  Walk-in registrations are accepted at a cost of $150, with alumni receiving discounted tuition of $100.    For a full agenda and to register, visit this site online:

The symposium starts at 8:30 a.m., Feb. 10, and ends at 3:30 p.m.  It is being held in the Charleston Music Hall, John St., Charleston.  Attendance without CLE credit is free.  The event is open to the public.

About the Charleston Law Review
The Charleston Law Review is the flagship journal of the Charleston School of Law.  In its past issues, the Charleston Law Review has published significant public figures ranging across the political spectrum from President-elect Barack Obama to John Yoo, former presidential legal advisor to President George W. Bush.  The Law Review will publish a companion issue to the symposium that may be ordered at

About the Charleston School of Law
The Charleston School of Law offers students the unique opportunity to study the time-honored practice of law amid the beauty and grace of one of the South’s most historic cities, Charleston, South Carolina. Students at the Charleston School of Law study law as a profession and find a faculty focused on using the law as a calling in the public interest.  Faculty members devote their full attention to excellent teaching and scholarship, both in and out of the classroom.  Where traditions meet opportunity — that is Charleston and the Charleston School of Law.

About the Riley Institute at Furman University
Furman University’s Riley Institute broadens student and community perspectives about issues critical to South Carolina’s progress. It builds and engages present and future leaders, creates and shares data-supported information about the state’s core challenges, and links the leadership body to sustainable solutions.

Launched in 1999, the Institute is named for former South Carolina Governor and former United States Secretary of Education Richard W. (Dick) Riley. It is committed to nonpartisanship in all it does and to a rhetoric-free, facts-based approach to change. For more information visit


Last updated January 23, 2017
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