Immigration Law Public Programs at Loyola School of Law – Fall 2019

Heidi Cerneka, Community Lawyering at the Border

Monday, September 16, 2019, 12 – 1:30, Room 1403 (lunch provided)

Heidi Cerneka, (JD ’17) will share her experience representing detained clients in asylum and other immigration cases in EL Paso, TX.

We will also be recoginizing El Grito, Mexican Independence Day with Mexican food provided.

RSVP to IRC President Patricia Martin at

Nora Phillips, Co-founder and Legal Director of Al Otro Lado

Thursday, October 10, 2019 from 4-5pm, Room 1040

Co-Sponsored by the Center for the Human Rights of Children and the Rodin Center

Nora serves as Legal Director of Al Otro Lado. Nora has a deep commitment to immigrant justice and, prior to starting her firm, worked at non-profit legal services organizations such as the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN) in Los Angeles (2009-2014) and the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago where she was an Equal Justice Works Fellow (2007-2009).

Nora is a nationally-recognized expert on the U Visa and frequently presents on this and other topics to attorneys, law enforcement, and other professionals. Nora frequently works as a consultant expert with the Office of the Federal Public Defender on complex U Visa cases. Nora is a member of the Executive Committee for the Immigration Law Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association.

Nora was detained at the Mexico/US border along with journalists who covered the caravan, and is a plaintiff in a suit filed by the ACLU

Climate Change, Migration, and International Law

Thursday, October 17, 4:00 p.m.
A reception will follow the lecture

Philip H. Corboy Law Center
25 E. Pearson Street
Power Rogers & Smith Ceremonial Courtroom, 10th Floor
Climate Change, Migration, and International Law Carmen G. Gonzalez
Visiting Professor, Loyola University Chicago School of Law

Climate change is one of the cruelest manifestations of injustice confronting humanity. Caused primarily by the greenhouse gas emissions of the world's most affluent populations, climate change is having a disproportionate impact on those who contributed least to the problem, including the small island states, least developed countries, indigenous peoples, and the poor. Although climate change is anticipated to displace between 25 million and 1 billion people by 2050, international law treats climate-displaced persons who cross international borders as unauthorized migrants. The racialized hostility of the US, European Union, and Australia, to persons who are currently fleeing poverty, conflict, and environmental degradation, does not bode well for climate-displaced persons.  This lecture will examine the relationship between climate change, racial subordination, and the capitalist world economy, in an effort to evaluate the evolving legal and policy responses to climate change-induced displacement.

To RSVP, email Evelyn Gonzalez at

Carmen G. Gonzalez
Visiting Professor, Loyola University Chicago School of Law

Carmen Gonzalez is a world-renowned expert in international environmental law, human rights and the environment, environmental justice, and food security. She has taught at numerous prestigious academic institutions around the globe, and has participated in environmental law capacity-building projects in Asia, Latin America, and the former Soviet Union. Gonzalez is the co-editor of the critically acclaimed book, Presumed Incompetent: The Intersections of Race and Class for Women in Academia (2012).  Recent publications include International Environmental Law and the Global South (Cambridge University Press, 2015) and Energy Justice: US and International Perspectives (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2018).  She previously taught at Seattle University School of Law.