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Brigitte M. Bodenheimer Lecture on Family Law:  Professor Michael Olivas

Monday, February 14

Appellate Courtroom, King Hall
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

The 2011 Brigitte M. Bodenheimer Lecture on Family Law will feature Michael A. Olivas, William B. Bates Distinguished Law Chair, University of Houston Law Center. He will deliver a lecture entitled, "The Implementation of Plyler v. Doe and the Danger in the Nativist Discourses."

AALS President for 2011, Professor Michael A. Olivas will review the successes and failures of Plyler v. Doe, the significant 1982 Supreme Court case that allowed undocumented school children to remain in the nation's public schools. He argues that Plyler's implementation has been largely successful, and that most state and federal attempts to overturn it have failed, not only due to the enduring legal theory of the Court's majority opinion, but due to the compelling back story of innocent sojourner children. Nonetheless, efforts designed to remove undocumented parents are on the rise, and a significant number of Plyler children and even citizen children are deported each year, as anti-immigrant rhetoric, nativist discourse, state and local ordinances, and employment and border enforcement efforts have increased. In addition, the real restrictionist goal is to eliminate birthright citizenship and to frame efforts at comprehensive immigration reform as undeserved and dangerous to the polity.

Established in 1981 in memory of Professor Brigitte M. Bodenheimer, this endowed lecture brings scholars and practitioners to King Hall to discuss recent developments affecting the family.

MCLE Credit
This activity is approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit by the State Bar of California in the amount of one hour, which applies to the elimination of bias credit. The University of California, Davis, School of Law (MCLE Provider #1127) certifies that this activity conforms to the standards for approved education activities prescribed by the rules and regulations of the State Bar of California governing minimum continuing legal education. Registration for MCLE credit will begin 30 minutes before the start of the lecture.

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This event is free and open to the public. Please click here to RSVP. 

For more information, please contact Gia Hellwig at or 530-754-5335