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Maurizio Albahari is the author of Crimes of Peace: Mediterranean Migrations at the World’s Deadliest Border (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015). He teaches anthropology at the University of Notre Dame (Ph.D. UC Irvine; B.A. University of Florence, Italy), where he is also affiliated with the Nanovic Institute for European Studies, the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, the Center for Civil and Human Rights, and Italian Studies. Recent articles focusing on human rights, citizenship, and democracy in light of the ongoing refugee crisis have appeared or are forthcoming in Anthropology Today, Anthropological Quarterly, Anthropology Now, Anthropology News, Social Research, and other interdisciplinary journals. Actively pursuing the intersections of public scholarship and engaged citizenship, Albahari has also published articles and editorials with venues including Perspektif, Fox News, History News Network, and CNN.
Maria Lianides Celebi
Maria Lianides Celebi is a partner at Bener Law Office in Istanbul, Turkey and leads their Immigration Department. She is a California State Bar member since 1992 with a B.S. and J.D. from Santa Clara University. Ms. Celebi is listed with the International Who’s Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers and Employment Lawyers from 2010-2016. She is Past Chair of the Global Migration Section, Past Chair of the Rome District Chapter, and a past member of the International Operations Committee of the American Immigration Lawyers’ Association. She is the Turkey member for the Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers and a Past Chair of the Immigration International Practice Group for Ius Laboris. She has authored a white paper and several articles regarding U.S. and Turkish immigration and has spoken at several international conferences.
Laura Devine is the current Law Society Excellence Award’s Woman of the Year. She is the Managing Partner of Laura Devine Solicitors, a boutique immigration firm with offices in London and New York providing UK and US immigration advice which together are described as a “transatlantic powerhouse”. In 2016 the firm was awarded The Magic Circle – Immigration Law firm of the year for the second successive year.
Laura has been recognised as the most highly nominated European immigration lawyer in Who’s Who Legal. Laura is an English solicitor and a US attorney and before launching her own law firm she established the immigration practices at Coopers & Lybrand (now PwC) and Eversheds. Laura and her firm of 60 staff are rated by all legal directories in the top tier of immigration firms as are the other partners of the firm.
Laura is the UK representative of the International Bar Association Immigration Committee, a council member of the Law Society and sits on the Law Society Immigration Committee. She is the immigration correspondent for the Law Society Gazette and editor to Thomson Reuters’ first book on global immigration entitled ‘Immigration Law: Jurisdictional Comparisons’. Laura is involved in law firm management and women in business.
As Managing Partner Laura, oversees all client matters for both the UK and US teams. She advises on UK and US immigration with a client base spanning all sectors from finance to fashion and corporates to individuals.
Davor Džalto, Associate Professor, The American University of Rome (AUR). Fields of research: Religious philosophy, Orthodox theology of personhood, social and political dimensions of Christianity, Orthodox Christian political theology, Christian art and iconography. Post-doctoral research at the Faculty of Theology, Westfälische-Wilhelms Universität in Münster (2010), Ph.D. Faculty of Philosophy, Albert-Ludwigs Universität in Freiburg (2006). Recent relevant papers: “Nationalism, Statism, and Orthodoxy” in: St Vladimir’s Theological Quarterly 57 (2013), (Vol. 3-4), 503–523. “Christian and National Identities in Serbia in the Context of European Integrations” in: National and European Identity in the Process of European Integration (Edited by Pero Petrović and Milovan Radaković), Belgrade: Institute of International Politics and Economics, 638-643 (2013). “Religion, Politics, and Beyond: The Pussy Riot Case” in: Journal of Religion and Society, Vol. 15/2013, 1-14.
Alexander Evers is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Classical Studies and Ancient History at the John Felice Rome Center of Loyola University Chicago. He obtained his DPhil in Ancient History at the University of Oxford (2002). After having taught at Utrecht University in The Netherlands, Dr. Evers arrived at the John Felice Rome Center in 2005. Next to his extensive teaching in the areas of Greek, Roman, and Early Mediaeval History, he is an active researcher. His research has concentrated on the African provinces of the Roman Empire in Late Antiquity. A number of articles have appeared, dealing with various aspects of life in the cities of Roman Africa. His book Church, Cities, and People: A Study of the Plebs in the Church and Cities of Roman Africa in Late Antiquity was published by Peeters Publishers (Leuven) in 2010. His work continues to focus on North Africa, particularly in the period of the Vandal Interregnum. His current main project, however, deals with the city of Rome itself, in the fourth, fifth, and sixth centuries. He directs an international and interdisciplinary project on the so-called Collectio Avellana. Dr. Evers has also appeared in a number of TV documentaries for the BBC, National Geographic Channel, and the History Channel, and has been the academic consultant to a number of them.
Cathy Hwang is an Associate Professor at the University of Utah, S.J. Quinney College of Law (effective July 1, 2016), and Fellow at Stanford’s Rock Center for Corporate Governance, a joint initiative of Stanford Law School and Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. Her research interests center on business law, and, in particular, mergers and acquisitions and innovative deal structures and financial products. Her current work will be published in the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, and prior work has appeared in the Northwestern University Law Review and Brooklyn Law Review.
Cathy received her bachelor’s degree in Economics and International Relations from Pomona College and her J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School. While in law school, she served as Managing Editor of the Chicago Journal of International Law and was an extern to Judge Alex Kozinski (then Chief) of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Before joining Stanford, Cathy practiced in the mergers and acquisitions group at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in New York.
Dimitry Kochenov is Professor of EU Constitutional Law in the Department of European and Economic Law, University of Groningen. He consulted for the Government of The Netherlands on the application of EU law in the overseas territories of the kingdom. He is also a regular contributor to a number of leading periodicals in law and political science. He is currently a visiting professor at Princeton University. His book, EU Enlargement and the Failure of Conditionality: Pre-accession Conditionality in the Fields of Democracy and the Rule of Law, was published in 2008.
Stefano Luconi teaches U.S. history at the University of Florence, Italy, and specializes in Italian immigration to the United States. His publications include From Paesani to White Ethnics: The Italian Experience in Philadelphia (Albany: State University of New York Press, 2001) and The Italian-American Vote in Providence, Rhode Island, 1916-1948 (Madison, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2004). He also edited, with Dennis Barone, Small Towns, Big Cities: The Urban Experience of Italian Americans (New York: American Italian Historical Association, 2010) and, with Mario Varricchio, Lontane da casa: Donne italiane e diaspora globale (Turin: Accademia University Press, 2015). His most recent volume is La “nazione indispensabile”: Storia degli Stati Uniti dalle origini a oggi (Florence: Le Monnier, 2016). He serves on the editorial boards of Forum Italicum and The Italian American Review and is the book review co-editor for Altreitalie: Rivista Internazionale di Studi sulle Migrazioni Italiane nel Mondo.
Mary Meg McCarthy
Mary Meg McCarthy is executive director of Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC), a position she has held since 1997. Ms. McCarthy has expanded NIJC from a staff of 11 to 60, making it one of the nation’s leading human rights programs dedicated to advancing justice for immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers. Working with a pro bono network of 1,500 attorneys, NIJC provides counsel and representation to 10,000 low income immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers each year. NIJC’s legal services inform its advocacy, litigation and educational initiatives to promote human rights at all levels. An expert in immigration law, Ms. McCarthy has testified before Congress and is quoted often in media such as MSNBC, The New York Times and the Chicago Tribune. Most recently, she was the recipient of the Justice John Paul Stevens Award from the Chicago Bar Association (2015) and the Damen Award from Loyola University Chicago (2015). Ms. McCarthy received her J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law, and her BBA in Finance from the University of Notre Dame.
Margaret H. McCormick
Margaret H. (“Peggy”) McCormick, practices exclusively in immigration and nationality law at Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan in Chicago. She has co-chaired the Citizenship in a Global Era conference each time it has been presented and also has co-chaired the annual FBA “Worksite Enforcement and Immigration” program for the past ten years She was president of the Federal Bar Association’s Chicago Chapter in 2013-14, and has co-chaired. From 1997-98 she was the national president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and from 1999 to 2003, she was president of the American Immigration Law Foundation (now called the American Immigration Council) where she established the highly respected Immigration Policy Center. Named in Woodward/White’s Best Lawyers of America for years, she was named Chicago’s Immigration Lawyer of 2013. The Illinois Leading Lawyers Network has named her one of the top 50 business lawyers in Illinois. From 1986 until 2014, she was an adjunct professor of immigration law at Loyola University School of Law.
Gustavo Mohar Betancourt
Mr. Mohar is a private consultant at Grupo Atalaya, specialized in risk management and strategic intelligence. He was Under Secretary for Migration, Population and Religious Affairs at the Secretary of Governance (Gobernación) in Mexico. In addition , Mr. Mohar was Secretary General at the Center for Investigation and National Security (CISEN), and acting Director for International Affairs. During the Bush-Fox era, he was Mexico’s Chief Negotiator for Migration Affairs, leading the Mexican team responsible to reach agreement for a safer, orderly and legal migration flows between both countries. He worked at the Mexican Embassy in Washington acting as representative of the Ministry of Governance, responsible for the migratory agenda, border security and bilateral cooperation on drug trafficking. Since 2001, Mr. Mohar has been involved in Mexico-US efforts to prevent international terrorism and enhance security at the common border. Before that, he worked in London as Petróleos Mexicanos (PEMEX) representative in Europe and Mexico’s observer to the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). He has published several works on international issues and has been lecturer at think tanks and universities in Mexico and the United States. Mr. Mohar holds a Law Degree by the Universidad Iberoamericana (Mexico).
Simon Morris-Lange serves as Deputy Head of Research with the Expert Council of German Foundations on Integration and Migration (SVR), a non-partisan think tank devoted to the study of immigration. Before joining the SVR, Simon held positions in strategy consulting and the edutech industry in Germany and the United States. Simon writes regularly on immigration, workforce development and education.
Jacob Hale Russell
Jacob Hale Russell is assistant professor of law at Rutgers Law School (effective July 2016). Previously, he was lecturer in law and teaching fellow in corporate governance and practice at Stanford Law School. Jacob’s research focuses on corporate governance, financial regulation, and consumer protection.
He is currently conducting research on issues at the intersection of cybersecurity and corporate governance, including a study of the role of boards in cybersecurity strategy. He also consults on legal and business issues relating to data privacy law. Jacob’s other research areas include the application of behavioral law and economics to consumer protection and financial regulation; the retirement industry and pension plans; the governance of mutual funds and institutional investors; and the relationship between regulation and financial crises.
At Rutgers, he teaches Business Associations and Securities Regulation, and is affiliated faculty of the Rutgers Center for Corporate Law and Governance. At Stanford, he was responsible for all aspects of the school’s corporate governance advanced degree program, including student advising and teaching. Previously, Jacob was a resident academic fellow at Stanford’s Rock Center for Corporate Governance.
Jacob received his J.D. from Stanford Law School, his master’s degree in political science from M.I.T., and his bachelor’s degree from Harvard. Prior to law school, he was a staff reporter for The Wall Street Journal in New York. After law school, he was an associate in the financial services practice at Goodwin Procter in Boston. He is a member of the New Hampshire and Massachusetts bars.
Eileen M.G. Scofield
Eileen Scofield has over 25 years of experience concentrating on immigration law and related legal matters for U.S. and foreign-based clients. She has successfully managed over 30 Department of Homeland Security (ICE) subpoenas, audits and investigations on behalf of various clients. She has also provided advice to clients on audit response, internal processing, follow-up and conclusion.
Eileen is listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, The International Who’s Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers 2010 and 2012 and was named one of “Georgia’s Best Lawyers.” She is a member of the National Verification & Documentation Liaison Committee and chairperson of E-Verify National Liaison Committee. She has been published in Employment Law360 and quoted in the U.S. News and World Report. She has been invited to work with various DHS departments, such as ICE. She received her J.D. in 1985 from the University of Georgia School of Law, where she was a Hatton Lovejoy Scholarship recipient. She received her B.A. in 1981 from the University of Hawaii.
F. Daniel Siciliano
Dan Siciliano is the faculty director of the Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford University and a Professor and Associate Dean at Stanford Law School. He was co-founder, CEO and ultimately Executive Chairman of LawLogix Group, Inc. – a global software technology company named 9 consecutive times to the Inc. 500/5000, several times ranked as one of the Top 100 fastest growing private software companies in the United States, and named to the US Hispanic Business 500 (largest) and Hispanic Business 100 (fastest growing) for 2010 and 2011. In 2012 he sold a majority stake of the company to PNC Riverarch Capital, continued as Executive Chairman, and led the sale of the company to Hyland Software in 2015.
At Stanford, his teaching includes Finance, Corporate Governance, and the two-part Stanford Venture Capital series. His work has included expert testimony in front of both the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives. For 2009, 2010, and 2011, alongside leading academics and business leaders such as Ben Bernanke, Paul Krugman, and Carl Icahn, Professor Siciliano was named to the “Directorship 100” – a list of the most influential people in corporate governance. He is the co-director of Stanford’s Directors’ College and serves on the board of the Silicon Valley Directors’ Exchange and as Vice-Chairman of the American Immigration Council.
Professor Siciliano’s related areas of expertise include executive compensation, corporate compliance, the legal and social impact of autonomous (robotic) systems, and corporate technology strategy. He has served as a governance consultant and trainer to the Board of Directors of dozens of Fortune 1000 companies (including Google, Microsoft, Fedex, Disney, Life Technologies, and Applied Materials) and is an angel investor and consultant to several firms and companies in Silicon Valley, Hong Kong, and Latin America. He lives in Palo Alto, California.
Kevin Stevens Dean of Loyola University Chicago’s Quinlan School of Business. Prior to his appointment to Loyola in 2015, he spent twenty nine years at DePaul University, including leadership positions at the School of Accountancy and MIS, as well director of global initiatives for the college, president of the University Faculty Council and associate dean at the college. Dr. Stevens has authored over 50 scholarly articles and has taught in MBA programs in Chicago, Prague, Taiwan, and Bahrain.