July 14, 2020 – COURTS IN CRISIS
Every judge faces difficult decisions, but for immigration judges—who are employees of the U.S. Department of Justice rather than lifetime or term appointees (or electeds)—the decision-making process is interrupted and informed by unique complications ranging from high case quotas, waning decisional independence, DOJ policy directives, and the complex vicarious trauma that comes from hearing petitioners’ stories of rape, genocide, and religious and political persecution.
Please join Queen’s Bench at the Mark O. Hatfield Courthouse (Portland) on July 14, 2020 at noon for a critical conversation with retired immigration Judge Andrea Sloan about the state of the U.S. immigration judiciary.
Each calendar year, the Queen’s Bench luncheons and events focus on a different theme. During 2020, we will explore difficult legal decisions. Everyone is welcome – you need not be a member to attend our events.
Except where indicated otherwise below, our monthly luncheons will be held at the federal courthouse, 1000 SW Third Avenue, Portland, OR in courtroom 9A. Doors open at 11:45 a.m., and our speakers will begin at noon. Please bring photo identification to present to courthouse security.
The bag lunches will be catered by Bridge City Cafe, at a cost of $15 (or $5 for students). Registration closes at 12 p.m. on the Thursday prior to the Tuesday luncheon, but you may also attend without a lunch by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nursing mothers and young children are welcome, and celebrated, at all Queen’s Bench events.