On Monday, May 21st, Associate Professor Jill E. Family
gave a presentation to the Upper Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber), which is a part of the UK Ministry of Justice.
“The Upper Tribunal hears appeals of immigration cases. I talked to Upper Tribunal judges about some of the challenges facing immigration adjudication in the US, as well as some of the similarities and differences I have observed between the two systems,” said Professor Family of her presentation.
For the past semester, Family has been serving as a Visiting Scholar at Queen Mary University of London School of Law, researching the immigration adjudication system in the United Kingdom and comparing and contrasting that system with the U.S. immigration system.
“I am learning about UK immigration law, UK administrative law and UK constitutional law as well as European law,” she says, adding, “As a part of my research, I have been meeting with academics from the UK and elsewhere in the European Union, as well as observing courts and meeting with judges.”
Professor Family also had an opportunity to catch up with recent alum Valerie Davis ’11, who is spending a year teaching at Martin Luther University
in Halle (Saale), Germany and has been there since October 2011. Professor Family met with Davis while she was visiting London recently.