Who is “deserving?”: A conversation about immigration, welfare, and beyond

Thursday, November 14, 2013
12:10 PM - 1:30 PM
Room 124
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Gillian Quandt


The Immigration Theory and Practice Workshop presents


Who is “deserving”?  

A conversation about immigration, welfare, and beyond


With Muneer Ahmad, Clinical Professor of Law, Yale Law School

and Noah Zatz, Visiting Professor, Yale Law School


Moderated by Professor Lucas Guttentag


Thursday, November 14, 12:10 PM, Room 120


 Non-pizza lunch will be provided


About our panelists:


Muneer Ahmad. Muneer Ahmad is a Clinical Professor of Law at Yale Law School, where he co-teaches in the Transnational Development Clinic and the Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic (WIRAC). In WIRAC, he and his students represent individuals, groups and organizations in both litigation and non-litigation matters related to immigration, immigrants’ rights, and labor, and intersections among them. He has represented immigrants in a range of labor, immigration, and trafficking cases, and for three years represented a prisoner at Guantanamo Bay; he has written on these and related topics. In the Transnational Development Clinic, Professor Ahmad and his students work on projects designed to identify productive sites for intervention for U.S.-based lawyers in global poverty work. This has included work regarding the rights of street vendors in India, the barriers faced by immigrant communities in sending remittances to their home countries, access to essential medicines, institutional accountability among international financial institutions, and advocacy on behalf of workers displaced by changes in trade policy. His scholarship examines the intersections of immigration, race, and citizenship in both legal theory and legal practice.


Noah Zatz. Noah Zatz is a Florence Rogatz Visiting Professor of Law at Yale Law School and Professor of Law at UCLA School of Law. His scholarly interests include employment & labor law, welfare law and antipoverty policy, work/family issues, feminist legal & social theory, and liberal political theory.  His writing and teaching address how work structures both inequality and social citizenship in the modern welfare state.  Zatz’s primary focus is on which activities become recognized and protected as "work," how work is defined in relationship to markets, and how the boundaries of markets are themselves mediated by gender and race, among other things.  His published scholarship engages these questions by studying the legal concepts of "work" in welfare work requirements and "employment" in labor & employment law, especially with regard to the status of family caretaking, prison labor, workfare, and sex work.  Another major interest is how antidiscrimination law, and employment law more generally, address labor market inequality that is jointly produced by workers’ interactions with employers, coworkers, and actors outside the workplace.


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