Constitutional Conference to Focus on Immigration

The St. Louis Chapter of the American Jewish Congress and Washington University Law are co-sponsoring the 27th Annual Constitutional Conference, focusing on “In a Nation of Immigrants, Immigration Impasse: What Now?” on Sunday, October 7, 2007.

The conference, which is free and open to the public, will be from 2:30 to 5 p.m. (registration begins at 2 p.m.) in the Bryan Cave Moot Courtroom in Anheuser-Busch Hall. The event is eligible for 2.0 MCLE credits. A reception will follow in the W.L. Hadley Griffin Student Commons; reservations for the reception are required at or (314) 993-5505.

The keynote speaker will be law school alumna and immigration attorney Suzanne Brown, chair elect of the Missouri/Kansas Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

The conference will begin with welcoming remarks by Jay Umansky, president of the St. Louis Chapter of the American Jewish Congress, and Kent Syverud, dean and the Ethan A.H. Shepley University Professor. After Brown presents the Jerome W. Sidel Memorial Lecture, a panel discussion will follow featuring Julia Ostropolsky, executive director of Bi-Lingual International Assistant Services; Courtney Prentis, director of Catholic Charities Community Services Southside; and Joan Suarez, chair of Missouri Immigration & Refugee Advocates. Journalist Richard Weiss will moderate.

Brown, who received her J.D. from Washington University in 1996, is a partner at the Law Offices of Suzanne Brown in St. Louis. She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and serves as an AILA liaison for both the Nebraska Service Center and the St. Louis office of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). She is licensed to practice law in Missouri and Illinois, and is fully licensed to represent individuals and companies throughout the United States in front of the USCIS and the Board of Immigration Appeals. Brown has been engaged in the practice of Immigration and Nationalities Law since 1988, first as a Board of Immigration Appeals Accredited Representative, and then as an attorney in private practice.