Immigration Law Expert Available for Comment on Napolitano’s Announcement of Deferred Action

Article ID: 590665

Released: 21-Jun-2012 3:00 PM EDT

Source Newsroom: University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

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Elizabeth Young, associate professor of law and director of the immigration law clinic at the University of Arkansas, is available to comment on Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano's announcement that certain young people who were brought to the United States as young children will be considered for relief from removal from the country or from entering into removal proceedings.

Young started the immigration law clinic in 2009. Her work there focuses on the citizenship process, a key area of federal immigration law. She and third-year law students guide local residents, including University of Arkansas students, through the various stages of residency status with the ultimate goal of U.S. citizenship.

In 2010 and 2011, Young and the student lawyers helped Jonathan Chavez, a University of Arkansas student who was detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Florida, where he was visiting his mother for Christmas. Chavez was released after two months in detention. Young and the students requested prosecutorial discretion, which resulted in an administrative closure of his removal case.

Before starting the clinic at the University of Arkansas, Young served for one year as interim director of the immigration law clinic at George Washington University Law School. She worked for three years at the San Francisco Immigration Court as an attorney adviser through the Department of Justice Honors Program. Her duties included writing final orders, analyzing and presenting changes in federal law to the immigration judges, supervising judicial law clerks and managing the Court’s intern program.

Young’s research focuses on all areas of immigration reform.

CONTACTS: Elizabeth Young, associate professorSchool of Law479-575-2549 (office), 415-652-2303 (cell phone), ely001@uark.eduMatt McGowan, science and research communications officerUniversity Relations479-575-4246,


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