Roundtable Discussion: The Invisible Wall: Obstacles to Due Process in Immigration Cases

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Roundtable Discussion


The Invisible Wall:

Obstacles to Due Process in Immigration Cases


February 19, 2020

6:00 - 8:00pm

Eli's on Whitney

2392 Whitney Avenue

Hamden, CT 06518


Immigration has become one of the most divisive issues in our country, and “The Wall” has become a well- recognized symbol of the desire to slow, or even stop, immigration. Less visible, however, are the systemic roadblocks to legal citizenship in the United States. Due process gets murky when we wade into the waters of our immigration system; brushes with the criminal system can pose permanent roadblocks to legal status; and, the inability to obtain citizenship colors every aspect of a person’s life. This Roundtable will feature members of the Connecticut legal community who have witnessed firsthand how the legal system works for – and, too often, against – non-citizens, no matter where they are along the path towards citizenship. We will hear from a lawyer helping her client fight deportation for more than eight years, and from a law student whose class offered pro bono assistance to detained asylum-seekers. Join us to learn about the invisible barriers to due process in our system and about some of the people seeking to overcome them.


Tennyson Benedict, J.D. Candidate

University of Connecticut School of Law

Erin I. O’Neil-Baker, Esq.
Hartford Legal Group


Professor Jon Bauer

Clinical Professor of Law and Richard D. Tulisano '69 Scholar in Human Rights
Director, Asylum and Human Rights Clinic
University of Connecticut School of Law

Professor Sheila Hayre
Visiting Associate Professor of Law
Quinnipiac University Law School


Theresa Dalton, Esq.

Public Defenders Office Waterbury, CT

Beck S. Fineman, Esq.
Ryan Ryan Deluca LLP Bridgeport, CT

This event will take place from 6:00 - 8:00pm at Eli’s on Whitney. Participation is limited to the first 25 people to register. There will be a buffet dinner. Gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan and other options are available. Please indicate your dietary restrictions upon registration.


Space is limited so check your calendar and register online today. Registration will be open until filled, but no later than February 12, 2020. Please contact us at with any questions. The cost of attendance is $45.00 with a cash bar. Your payment will also assist in covering the cost of dinner for any law students participating in Roundtables. We cannot accept cancellations within 72 hours of the event due to the catering guarantee.


Attorneys admitted in Connecticut may claim up to 2.0 CT CLE hours fo rattending this event.


February 19, 2020 6:00 PM   through   8:00 PM
2392 Whitney Avenue
Hamden, CT 06518
United States
Fellow Fee $ 45.00
Student Fee $ 0.00