Conference Lunchtime Panelists

Moderator: Sandy Reiter

David Baluarte

David Baluarte is Assistant Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the Immigrants Rights Clinic at Washington and Lee University. He teaches and writes about topics ranging from immigration, refugees and stateless persons, and transnational law with a specific focus on international human rights law and practice. Before coming to W&L, he was a Practitioner-in-Residence and Arbenz Fellow in the International Human Rights Law Clinic (IHRLC) at American University Washington College of Law. In addition to his clinical teaching responsibilities in that capacity, he managed projects and consulted for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Open Society Justice Initiative (OSJI). Before that, he served as a staff attorney in the Immigration Unit of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and as a staff attorney at the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL).

Margaret Hu

Margaret Hu is an Assistant Professor of Law at Washington and Lee University School of Law. Her research interests include the intersection of immigration policy, national security, cybersurveillance, and civil rights. Previously, she served as senior policy advisor for the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and also served as special policy counsel in the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices (OSC), Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice, in Washington, D.C. As Special Policy Counsel, Hu managed a team of attorneys and investigators in the enforcement of the anti-discrimination provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), and was responsible for federal immigration policy review and coordination for OSC. She clerked for Judge Rosemary Barkett on U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and subsequently joined the U.S. Department of Justice through Attorney General's Honors Program under Attorney General Janet Reno.

Lucas Guttentag

Lucas Guttentag is currently a Senior Counselor to the Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), on leave from academic positions at Yale Law School and Stanford Law School. He specializes in immigration law, immigrants' rights and constitutional litigation. He is the founder and former national director of the American Civil Liberties Union Immigrants' Rights Project, which he led from 1985 to 2011. For nearly 30 years, he litigated complex civil rights, class action and constitutional cases in courts throughout the United States, including successfully arguing in the Supreme Court. Under his direction, the ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project established offices in New York and San Francisco and became the largest immigration litigation program in the country committed to enforcing the civil and constitutional rights of non-citizens. He has been widely recognized for his litigation and leadership on immigration issues by national and local organizations, including being named a Human Rights Hero by the ABA Human Rights Journal, Lawyer of the Year for Appellate Law by California Lawyer magazine and among California's top 100 lawyers by the San Francisco/Los Angeles Daily Journal.

David Martin

David Martin is the Warner-Booker Distinguished Professor of International Law at the University of Virginia School of Law. A leading scholar in immigration, constitutional law and international law, David A. Martin has helped shape immigration and refugee policy while serving in several key U.S. government posts. As principal deputy general counsel of the Department of Homeland Security from January 2009 to December 2010, and in earlier government service at the Department of State and the Department of Justice (including an appointment as general counsel to the Immigration and Naturalization Service, 1995-98), Martin was closely involved in critical legal and policy developments in the immigration field. He also served as DHS' representative on the interdepartmental task forces created by President Obama's executive orders for evaluating the cases of all detainees at Guantánamo and for reviewing overall detention policies in the battle against terrorism.