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UI hosts discussion of immigration Oct. 6 to mark Supreme Court season

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- An administrator with the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) will be one of the speakers for a video and panel discussion Monday, Oct. 6 at the University of Iowa College of Law as part of a national program to mark the start of the 1997 session of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Robert Bach, executive associate commissioner for policy and planning at the INS, Barbara Schwartz, UI clinical law professor, and Michael Olivas, a visiting professor of law at the UI, will lead a discussion on immigration and recent immigration law from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the fourth-floor student lounge of the Boyd Law Building.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is part of the First Monday program of the Alliance for Justice, a national association of civil rights, environmental, mental health, women's, children's, and consumer advocacy organizations.

For the past four years, the Alliance for Justice has marked the first day of the U.S. Supreme Court term, the first Monday of October, with a video and panel discussion of issues in public interest law.

Law schools nationwide are expected to take part in the program this year. The Alliance provides local groups with a video, which is used as a starting point for discussions of issues in public interest law.

Bach has taught at the State University of New York at Binghamton and is the author of several books on immigration issues.

Olivas holds the William Bates Professorship of Law the University of Houston Law Center. He is visiting the UI as the 1997 Mason Ladd Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law.

Schwartz directs the UI College of Law's clinical program in immigration.

For more information, contact Lois Cox, clinical professor of law, at (319) 335-9062.