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Left Out in Louisiana Conference

March 28, 2014 - 9:00am to 5:30pm

Right now, there are thousands of immigrants in Louisiana trying to navigate the United States’ complex immigration system. Many of them do not speak English. Some are traumatized. All of them need your help.

In the years since Hurricane Katrina, Louisiana’s civil legal service providers have struggled to meet the need for pro bono representation. At the same time, the state’s immigrant population has more than doubled. This has created a pressing need for pro bono immigration representation. Right now, 87% of the immigrants detained in Louisiana have no legal representation. They are truly “left out” and must struggle to access justice.

To find out how you can be part of the solution to this pressing problem, we invite you to attend Left Out in Louisiana: Addressing the Crisis in Immigration Representation, which will bring together key local, state and national stakeholders to discuss how to secure justice for these immigrants.

To see the full agenda click here.



Event Details

There is no fee for admission to the conference. All attendees must register online prior to the event to gain admission.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided to all pre-registered conference attendees. The courses offered at this conference have been approved for CLE credit in the State of Louisiana. Please provide your bar number in the online registration application in order to receive full credit for your attendance (6.5 credits will be awarded for full day enrollment.)

Course Materials

Please note that all course materials will be delivered electronically to you before the day of the program. Attendees will not receive written course materials on the day of the program, so please review and print any materials that you wish to bring with you to the conference.


Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, New Orleans
Frederick J. Gisevius Jr. Moot Court Room

If you have any questions please contact Jennifer Rizzo at rizzoj@humanrightsfirst.org



Indigent Legal Representation and the Immigrant Community—An Introduction to the Gaps, Challenges and Opportunities

Maria Pabón López, Dean and Judge Adrian G. Duplantier Distinguished Professor of Law, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law 

Supplemental Paper:
Louisiana and the Growing Crisis in Immigrant Representation

Louisiana By The Numbers


A National Perspective and State Perspective on Immigration Representation Challenges

Introduced by: Eleanor Acer, Human Rights First, Director of Refugee Protection
James R. Silkenat, American Bar Association President, Partner at Sullivan & Worcester LLP
Richard Leefe, Louisiana State Bar Association (LSBA) President and Founding Partner of Leefe, Gibbs, Sullivan & Dupre, LLC

Supplemental Paper: 
Reforming the Immigration System: Proposals to Promote Independence, Fairness, Efficiency, and Professionalism in the Adjudication of Removal Cases

9:45 am

Louisiana’s Immigrant Population and its Legal Representation Needs

Moderator: Brandon Davis, Partner at Phelps Dunbar and Chair of the New Orleans Bar Association’s Immigration Law Committee
Hiroko Kusuda, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, Assistant Clinic Professor
Martin O. Gutierrez, Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans, V.P. Community Services Ministry
Mary Claire Landry, New Orleans Family Justice Center, Executive Director
Marco Balducci, Pelton + Balducci LLC, Partner and Former Immigration Staff Attorney at Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans

Supplemental Paper: 
The Asylum Representation Project and the Leon Levy Fellowship at Human Rights First: An Innovative Partnership to Increase Pro Bono Representation for Indigent Asylum-Seekers

11:00 am Coffee/Networking Break
11:30 am

Legal Representation Serves All – Immigrants and the Court System

Moderator: William P. Quigley, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, Director of the Loyola Law Clinic & The Gillis Long Poverty Center
Juan Osuna, U.S. Department of Justice, Executive Office of Immigration Review, Director
Glenda McGraw Raborn, Former ICE Chief Counsel for the New Orleans Field Office stationed at Oakdale, LA; now in private practice at Cascadia Cross Border Law
Bryan Hemming, Acting Deputy Director, Houston Asylum Office
Karen Grisez, Public Service Counsel at Fried Frank LLP, immediate past chair of the ABA Commission on Immigration and Special Advisor to the ABA Commission on Immigration

Supplemental Paper:
Statement of Karen T. Grisez on behalf of the American Bar Association to the Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate for the hearing on "Improving Efficiency and Ensuring Justice in the Immigration Court System"

12:45 pm Lunch Break
1:30 pm

One Judge’s Success Story in Calling on the Legal Community to Take Action

Introduction by: Mark C. Surprenant, New Orleans Bar Association President and, Adams and Reese LLP, Partner
U.S. District Judge Jay C. Zainey, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana

Supplemental Paper:
H.E.L.P. (Homeless Experience Legal Protection)

2:00 pm

Models That Could Be Expanded or Replicated to Help Address Immigrant Legal Representation Gaps

Moderator: Richard Leefe, LSBA President and Founding Partner of Leefe, Gibbs, Sullivan & Dupre, LLC
Corina Salazar, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge, Refugee and Immigration Services Director
Ken Mayeaux, Louisiana State University Law Center, Immigration Clinic Director and Assistant Professor
Rachel Piercey, New Orleans Pro Bono Project, Executive Director
Steve J. Kolleeny, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, Special Counsel
Graham Bateman, Central Louisiana Interfaith Immigration Center, Immigration Attorney

Supplemental Paper:
Accessing Justice: The Availability and Adequacy of Counsel in Immigration Proceedings

3:15 pm Coffee Break
3:30 pm

Outlining Potential Next Steps: Increasing Immigration Legal Representation in Louisiana

Moderator: Mark Cunningham, LSBA President-Elect (2015-2016) and Jones Walker, Partner
Richard Leefe, LSBA President (2013-2014) and Founding Partner of Leefe, Gibbs, Sullivan & Dupre, LLC
Ken Mayeaux, Louisiana State University Law Center, Immigration Clinic Director and Assistant Professor
Kathleen Gasparian, Ware½Gasparian, Partner, and Former Chair of the American Immigration Lawyers Association Mid-South Chapter
Mark C. Surprenant, New Orleans Bar Association President and, Adams and Reese LLP, Partner
Jan M. Hayden, Board Chair of New Orleans Pro Bono Project and Baker Donelson, Shareholder

Supplemental Paper:
Accessing Justice II: A Model for Providing Counsel to New York Immigrants in Removal Proceedings

5:00 pm

Closing Remarks
Eleanor Acer, Human Rights First

Hiroko Kusuda, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, Associate Clinic Professor