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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

NYU Law’s Cristina Rodriguez ’00 To Discuss Immigration at Thomas Lecture March 10

New York University Law Professor Cristina Rodriguez ’00 will deliver the 2007-2008 James A. Thomas Lecture on March 10 at Yale Law School. The lecture, titled “Burden Sharing in an Age of Migration,” will take place at 4:30 p.m. in Room 127. It is free and open to the public. A reception will follow in the Alumni Reading Room.

In her lecture, Professor Rodriguez plans to explore how political, legal, and cultural burdens should be distributed and shared to help manage the change produced by immigration.

“An estimated 200 million people are on the move around the globe, provoking social and cultural change in sending and receiving countries alike and giving rise to transnational forms of association,” said Rodriguez. “But as the immigration debate in the United States has made clear, we still require robust conceptions of national, geographically grounded belonging to promote social cooperation in the midst of this change. Our dilemma is that the political and legal frameworks that traditionally structure belonging, such as citizenship and immigration status, have not fully absorbed the influx of migrants with plural loyalties. We need a new account of what immigrants and Americans owe one another appropriate to our age.”

Rodriguez is Associate Professor of Law at the NYU School of Law, where she teaches Immigration Law; Constitutional Law; and Language, Culture, and the Law. Prior to joining NYU in 2004, she served as a law clerk to Justice Sandra Day O’Connor of the U.S. Supreme Court and to Judge David S. Tatel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. She was also the Reginald F. Lewis Fellow at Harvard Law School.

She holds a B.A. in history from Yale College, a Master of Letters in Modern History from Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar, and a J.D. from Yale Law School, where she served as an Articles Editor for the Yale Law Journal.

The James A. Thomas Lecture was established in 1989 in honor of Dean James A. Thomas ’64 and his many years of service to Yale Law School. It brings to the Law School a scholar whose work addresses the concerns of communities or groups currently marginalized within the legal academy or society at large.