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2017 Immigration Law Symposium

2017 Immigration Law Symposium

Charleston Law Review and The Riley Institute at Furman Present the Ninth Annual Symposium


The Uncertain Future of US Immigration Policy

Friday February 10, 2017

Charleston Music Hall, 37 John Street

Registration 8:30 a.m.

Keynote Address:

Tammy Besherse, Director of Immigration Policy, SC Appleseed Legal Justice Center 

12:00 p.m.

Panel 1: Immigrants and Criminal Law: What Might We Expect Under a Trump Administration

9:15 a.m.

Amanda Bethea Keaveny, Attorney, Amanda Bethea Keaveny P.A.

George N. Miller, Partner, Dozier Miller Law Group

Helen Parsonage, Partner, Elliot Morgan Parsonage

Panel 2: Examining the Civil Liberties and Rights Of Immigrants

10:30 a.m.

Sunita Patel, Practitioner-in-Residence Civil Advocacy Clinic, American University Washington College of Law

Patricia Ravenhorst, Director, SC Immigrant Victim Network

Doug Thie, Attorney, Clawson and Staubes LLC

Panel 3: Immigration Reform and its Effect on the Economy: Can South Carolina Afford to Do Nothing

2:00 p.m.

Gerald Goulder, Founding Attorney, Goulder Immigration Law Firm

Hans Christian Linnartz, Lead Attorney, Linnartz Immigration Law Office

Mark David Witte, Associate Professor of Economics and MBA Director, College of Charleston



Gerald Goulder is the founding attorney at Goulder Immigration Law Firm with over 35 years of experience. His career has included working an Assistant Attorney General of Ohio where he prosecuted white-collar crime. After the AG’s office, he practiced at a small private law firm in Columbus, Ohio for several years. He later spent several years as a North Carolina District & Superior Court Mediator. Since 2004, he has practiced exclusively immigration, visa and naturalization (or citizenship) law.  Mr. Goulder has an upcoming article being published in the Charleston Law Review entitled, Why it is Time for a Moratorium on H-1B Visas and OPT for Students after Graduation.

Amanda Bethea Keaveny is a solo practitioner in Charleston South Carolina. She obtained her B.A. from Smith College (1980) and her J.D. from the University of South Carolina (1986). After many years of litigation and appellate practice in the state and federal courts, Ms. Keaveny has now limited her practice exclusively to immigration and federal criminal defense. She represents individuals before the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service, the immigration courts, the BIA, the U.S. District Court for South Carolina, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. 

Hans Christian Linnartz is the lead attorney at the Linnartz Immigration Law Office. He has taught Immigration Law at Duke Law School for 10 years, where he also founded and directed the Summer Institute for Law, Language and Culture. The N.C. Bar Board of Legal Specialization has certified Hans as an immigration law specialist since 2005. He has testified as an expert witness in Immigration Law in North Carolina Superior court and has taught many Continuing Legal Education programs on immigration. Mr. Linnartz has an upcoming article being published in the Charleston Law Review entitled, Lies, Damn Lies, and Lies Involving Moral Turpitude—When Does a False Statement Carry Immigration Consequences?

George N. Miller is a partner with the firm of Dozier, Miller Law Group in Charlotte, NC.   Mr. Miller has practiced in the areas of criminal defense and immigration law since 1986.  In 1997, the North Carolina State Bar recognized Mr. Miller as a Board Certified Specialist in Immigration Law.  Mr. Miller is frequently called upon to assist both immigration and criminal defense attorneys as well as clients in the overlap of these two disciplines   Mr. Miller is an active member of American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), the North Carolina State Bar, the North Carolina Bar Association, the Mecklenburg County Bar and several civic organizations.  Mr. Miller currently serves on the NC State Bar Immigration Specialization Committee.  He is a member of the Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference. 

Helen Parsonage is Partner at Elliot Morgan Parsonage. She represents clients facing criminal charges in both state and federal court. She is a member of the Criminal Justice Act panel of attorneys in the Middle District of North Carolina, and is admitted to practice before the Eastern, Middle and Western District Federal Courts as well as the Fourth and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeal.  Ms. Parsonage is a Board Certified Specialist in both Immigration Law and in State and Federal Criminal Law.

Sunita Patel is a Practitioner-in-Residence in the Civil Advocacy Clinic at American University Washington College of law. An experienced litigator, Professor Patel has appeared before administrative bodies, state, federal, and appellate courts and human rights tribunals. Prior to joining American University, she has held positions at a range of notable institutions, including the Center for Constitutional Rights, the Transnational Legal Clinic at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, The Legal Aid Society of New York, and the Southern Center for Human Rights.

Patricia Ravenhorst is the Director of the SC Immigrant Victim Network.  Her work with the Immigrant Victim Network is dedicated to ensuring meaningful access to justice for immigrant victims of crime throughout South Carolina.  She demonstrates her passion for the needs of immigrant victims of crime by frequently speaking to immigrant groups, victim service providers, judges and law enforcement officials regarding the rights of immigrant victims of human trafficking, domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse. 

Doug Thie is an attorney at Clawson and Staubes, LLC whose practice focuses on immigration law. He has successfully represented a wide range of clients, from multinational corporations to families and individuals, in immigration law matters. Doug represents clients before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Executive Office for Immigration Review (Immigration Court), U.S. Department of State, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Department of Labor, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Board of Immigration Appeals, and Administrative Appeals Office. He is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Mr. Thie has an upcoming article being published in the Charleston Law Review entitled, Getting to the Promised Land: Contemporary Challenges for Ancient Aliens.

Mark David Witte is an associate professor of economics and MBA director at the College of Charleston. Witte holds a B.S. in economics from the University of Nebraska – Omaha and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. He has published numerous articles in international trade and international finance as well as other fields such as sports economics, labor economics and comparative economics. In 2013, he co-founded Sports Analytics Consulting, LLC, which aids collegiate and minor league organizations via statistical analysis.


Approved for 5 CLE Credits

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This symposium has been approved for 5 CLE credits.

Symposium Agenda

8:30 a.m. Registration CLE Course No. 170780

9:00 a.m. Introduction and Opening Remarks

9:15  a.m. Panel 1

10:30 a.m. Panel 2

12:00 p.m. Keynote Address

12:45 p.m. Lunch on your own

2:00 p.m. Panel 3

3:30 p.m. Closing statement

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