June 18, 2020—Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decisions regarding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and LGBTQ employment protections, University of Colorado Boulder experts are available for media interviews on next steps.
On DACA ruling
Violeta Chapin, professor and head of the Criminal and Immigration Defense Clinic at the University of Colorado Law School, can explain the court’s ruling that the Department of Homeland Security’s move to end DACA was “arbitrary and capricious.” She can also speak to what the administration might do to curb DACA going forward.
Ming Hsu Chen is an associate professor and faculty director of Colorado Law’s Immigration and Citizenship Law program. She can talk about how Congress, local governments and even universities can act proactively to protect so-called “Dreamers.” Her upcoming book “Pursuing Citizenship in the Enforcement Era” explores the everyday perspectives of people across the spectrum of becoming a U.S. citizen.
On LGBTQ employment ruling
Craig Konnoth, associate professor of law at Colorado Law, led several law professors in filing an amicus brief in R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes Inc. v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The case centered around Aimee Stephens, who was fired for being transgender and was part of the court’s opinion. Konnoth can explain the case, as well as his argument that people who are transgender were not intended to be excluded from the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
Scott Skinner-Thompson, associate professor at Colorado Law, focuses on LGBTQ and HIV legal issues. He can explain the ruling’s importance on education and health care for LGBTQ persons.