When examining movements that have a significant impact on the distribution of legal rights, it can be argued that the affected group's perspective must be at the center of the discourse surrounding reform. In evaluating the interaction between law and "vulnerable" immigrant populations, law reforms are at a critical juncture where efficacy is challenged by models from other disciplines that may be more successful in implementing and impacting the distribution of legal rights through centralizing reforms around the client's voice.
This discussion permits social scientists and lawyers to enter into a dialogue exploring diverse interdisciplinary models for reforming the immigration system with the client's centering on the client's voice. The focus will be on how interdisciplinary frameworks may support new ways to conceptualize transforming the existing problems surrounding immigration advocacy and the equal distribution of rights within the immigration system.
Karla McKanders, University of Tennessee, College of Law
Angela Banks, William and Mary
Tricia Hepner, University of Tennessee
Michele Statz, Carthage College
Yacob T. Tekie, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Law and Society Association Annual Meeting
Room: Elliott Bay Anteroom