On February 21, 2014 over 200 people attended a full day two track symposium on Asylum law in the United States presented by the Federal Bar Association (FBA) and the American University Washington College of Law (WCL) . The symposium, chaired by FBA Immigration Law Section board member Mark Shmueli, featured both a fundamentals track and an advanced track. The former addressed the basics of asylum law along with the presentation and gathering of evidence. The advanced track covered hot topics in asylum law, including the use of international law in US asylum cases and the Convention Against Torture.
The symposium featured nine immigration judges from seven immigration courts, the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, WCL Dean Claudio Grossman, former Chair of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights along with David McConnell, Director of Appellate Review at the Department of Justice Office of Immigration Litigation (OIL) and ICE Deputy Chief Counsel David Kelly and UN protection officer, Leslie Velez. The symposium also featured three university immigration clinic directors and several private bar attorneys from around the US.
The Federal Bar Association will soon release the webinar of this symposium. You may contact Mark for more information. To see the program: 2014-01-17_Asylum Symposium FEB 21