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Nov. 11, 2005

Immigration Law Expert, Aristide Lawyer Kurzban To Speak at Law School

Ira Kurzban, one of America's leading immigration law experts and attorney for Jean Bertrande Aristide, former president of Haiti, will discuss immigration law in an appearance at the University of Iowa College of Law Tuesday.

Kurzban's lecture, "Democracy and Immigration," will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 3:30 p.m. in Room 225 of the Boyd Law Building. Admission is free and open to the public.

The lecture is part of the law school's practitioner-in-residence program, in which a working attorney spends several days lecturing to classes and meeting with students and student groups. Kurzban will be on campus Monday and Tuesday, lecturing to an immigration law class and meeting with students in the legal clinic.

Kurzban is a partner in the Miami law firm of Kurzban, Kurzban, Weinger & Tetzeli. He has been named by the National Law Journal as one of the top twenty immigration lawyers in the United States and has been listed for a decade in the best lawyers in American for his work in immigration and employment law. Kurzban was the first recipient of the Tobias Simon Pro Bono Award presented by the chief justice of the Florida Supreme Court, and is also the recipient of the Lawyers of the Americas Award, given by the University of Miami for his work on behalf of human rights in the Western Hemisphere. Other honors include the Jack Wasserman Award for excellence in federal litigation and the Edith Lowenstein Memorial Award for excellence in the advancement of immigration law given by the American Immigration Lawyers Association, and the Carol King Award for his effort in immigration law given by the Nation Lawyers Guild. 

In 1986, Kurzban was honored by Newsweek magazine as one of 100 heroes for his work on behalf of immigrants. He was also selected by Esquire magazine as part of America's New Leadership Class. 

Kurzban has argued before the United States Supreme Court, and has litigated numerous cases under laws that allow for U.S. citizens to claim damages from foreign countries, including obtaining a $500 million judgment against Jean-Claude Duvalier, the former dictator of Haiti.

Kurzban recently represented Aristide when he was overthrown in a coup and exiled to Africa in 2004. Kurzban charged the coup was engineered by the U.S. government.

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