Widener Law announces 2012 John L. Gedid lecture topic: Immigration law
Public Relations - Published: March 23, 2012
2012Gedid Lecture235pxWidener Law is pleased to announce it will welcome one of the country’s leading academics on immigration law and criminal procedure to its Harrisburg campus on Monday, March 26 for the sixth-annual John L. Gedid lecture.

Gabriel “Jack” Chin, professor of law at the University of California--Davis School of Law, will deliver remarks titled, “State Assistance (Interference?) in the Enforcement of Federal Immigration Law.” The hour-long lecture will begin at 4:30 p.m. in room A180 of the campus administration building.

In the 2010 decision of Padilla v. Kentucky, the U.S. Supreme Court cited Chin’s article “Effective Assistance of Counsel and the Consequences of Guilty Pleas” five times in opinions agreeing that the Sixth Amendment required criminal defense attorneys to advise clients about the possibility of deportation. He co-authored “The Unconstitutionality of State Regulation of Immigration through Criminal Law” published in the Duke Law Journal last year. He also teaches and writes in the area of race and the law.

Chin earned his law degree from the University of Michigan Law School and an LL.M. at Yale Law School. He served as a law clerk to U.S. District Judge Richard P. Matsch in Denver.

Widener Law began the John L. Gedid lecture series in April 2007. The event honors Gedid, who has been a leading figure on the Harrisburg campus since it opened in 1989, and who serves as director of the campus’ signature Law & Government Institute, which is dedicated to improving law that defines the structure and operation of government and the rights and duties of citizens dealing with government. He is a beloved professor, treasured mentor and active public servant.

“We are thrilled to have Professor Chin as this year’s Gedid lecturer. The intersection of criminal law, civil rights and immigration law present in his work should lead to a thoughtful discussion,” Law Dean Linda L. Ammons said. “Widener Law is pleased to share this program with the public and through it, call attention to the valuable work of our own Professor John Gedid as well as the Law & Government Institute he directs.”

The lecture is free and open to all. One continuing legal education credit is available at no cost for Pennsylvania and Delaware attorneys who attend.

The event is presented by the Law School with sponsorship from Wolters Kluwer.

For more information, contact Sandra Graeff at 717.541.3965 or slgraeff@widener.edu.