U.S. Constitution Day to be Recognized on September 17, 2018

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Washburn University and the School of Law will recognize U.S. Constitution Day on September 17, 2018 with a presentation titled "Immigration Exceptionalism" by Professor David Rubenstein, Director of the Robert J. Dole Center for Law and Government at Washburn University School of Law. The program will be held on September 17 at 5:00 p.m. in room 114 at the Law School (directions). The public is invited and there is no charge to attend.

Photograph: David Rubenstein.|In immigration cases, the Supreme Court''s normal rules of constitutional adjudication do not always apply. This phenomenon of "immigration exceptionalism" helps to explain, for example, why President Trump's travel ban survived judicial review. Beyond cases involving constitutional rights, the Court's special immigration doctrines also extend to federalism (e.g., sanctuary cities) and separation of powers (e.g., DACA). Should immigration law receive special constitutional treatment? Should it receive special treatment for some purposes (e.g., federalism) but not others (e.g., rights)? Professor Rubenstein will explain that the transition between the Obama and Trump administrations crystallizes the stakes of these and related questions---both legally and politically.

Professor David Rubenstein teaches a variety of public law courses at Washburn and is the Director of the Robert J. Dole Center for Law and Government. Prior to teaching, Professor Rubenstein was a judicial law clerk for The Honorable Sonia Sotomayor when she sat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and for The Honorable Barbara Jones in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. He also served for three years as an Assistant United States Attorney in New York City, where he specialized in immigration and argued several issues of first impression. Professor Rubenstein researches and writes in the fields of Constitutional Law, Immigration Law, and Administrative Law. His scholarship has been widely cited in law journals and by several courts. The subject of his presentation is based on his co-authored article which was recently published in Northwestern University Law Review.

For more information, contact Shelia Summers at shelia.summers@washburn.edu or (785) 670-1784.

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