Prof. Legomsky, Chief Counsel, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services, to Deliver Tyrrell Williams Lecture on April 11

Stephen H. Legomsky, Chief Counsel of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in the Department of Homeland Security, will deliver the 2012–13 Tyrrell Williams Lecture on April 11. A member of the law faculty since 1981, Legomsky is on leave as the John S. Lehmann University Professor. The lecture will be at 4 p.m. in the Bryan Cave Moot Courtroom (AB Hall, No. 310), followed by a reception in the Crowder Courtyard (AB Hall, No. 301).

In fall 2013, the Tyrrell Williams Lecturer will be Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, Jr., who argued and won the case of National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius, sustaining the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. Solicitor General Verrilli’s lecture will be at 4 p.m. on September 9, 2013. The law school's Tyrrell Williams Lecture is one of the school’s most important lectures of the year.

For this spring’s lecture, Legomsky, who among the world’s foremost experts on immigration law and policy, will be speaking on “Immigration and the Role of the Government Attorney.” Dean Kent Syverud and Judge Jean Hamilton, JD ’71, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, will also make remarks.

A charismatic speaker, Legomsky’s topic could not be more timely. The first term of the Obama Administration saw several dramatic immigration policy developments within the executive branch. Following on the heels of those efforts, comprehensive legislative reforms are now daily front page news and on the Administration’s, and Congress’s, front burner. 

For the past year and a half, Legomsky, in his role at USCIS, has been an integral part of these reform projects. He is serving as the principal legal advisor to the agency that will be charged with implementing the central components of the proposed comprehensive immigration legislation. His Tyrrell Williams lecture will elaborate on these reform efforts. In the process, he will explore the proper role of government lawyers in advising on matters of law and policy.

The lecture is eligible for 1 MCLE credit in Missouri. Please RSVP here.

More on Professor Legomsky:

Stephen H. Legomsky is an expert in U.S., comparative, and international immigration and refugee law and policy. He has been serving as Chief Counsel of USCIS since fall 2011.

USCIS is part of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). It is the successor agency to the now defunct Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), but shorn of its law enforcement operations, which now reside elsewhere in the department. As Chief Counsel, Legomsky manages a staff of 215 attorneys, advises the director of the agency on legal and policy issues, and serves as a member of the DHS and USCIS leadership teams.

A member of the law faculty since 1981, Legomsky is internationally recognized for his teaching, scholarship, and consultancy work. The latest of his several books, Immigration and Refugee Law and Policy (co-authored starting with the current fifth edition), has been the required text at 176 law schools. Two of his other books, published by the Oxford University Press, are on specialized courts and comparative judicial review of immigration. He is a member of the American Law Institute and founding director of the Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute. Legomsky has chaired several nationwide committees on immigration and refugee matters; has testified several times before the United States Congress; and has served as a consultant to three United States presidential administrations, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the immigration ministers of Russia and Ukraine, and other foreign governments. Legomsky has had visiting appointments in 11 countries.

A former actuary, he previously served as a court law clerk, and then division chief, for the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco. He received his B.S. in mathematics from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, J.D. from the University of San Diego, and D.Phil. from the University of Oxford.