Philip Schrag to Discuss Asylum Adjudication

Philip G. SchragPhilip Schrag, a prominent law professor at Georgetown University, will discuss the asylum adjudication process from 5:30-7 p.m. Feb. 11 in the UNM School of Law Forum. CLE credit is available.

Using more than 50 colored slides, he will report on the findings of a study he conducted with two colleagues that reveal significant disparities in grant rates even among different adjudicators in the same office considering nationals of the same country.

Schrag also will explore correlations between sociological characteristics of individual immigration judges and their grant rates; the disastrous consequences of Attorney General John Ashcroft’s "reforms" of the Board of Immigration Appeals and disparities in asylum adjudication by judges of the U.S. courts of appeals.

Assisting him on the study were Jaya Ramji-Nogales, assistant professor at Temple University Beasley School of Law, and Andrew Schoenholtz, deputy director of the Georgetown University Institute for the Study of International Migration. Their findings were featured in the November 2007 issue of the Stanford Law Review under the article title, "Refugee Roulette: Disparities in Asylum Adjudication."

At Georgetown University, Schrag is director of the Center for Applied Legal Studies, where law students, under professional supervision, represent refugees from religious and political persecution who are seeking asylum in the United States. He also directs the Public Interest Law Scholars Program, where students receive special academic enrichment as they prepare for careers as public interest and government lawyers. He is a law professor, teaching courses in civil procedure, administrative law, legislation and advocacy.

Schrag has published widely in the area of asylum and refugee issues. His latest book will be released this year, titled, Asylum Denied: A Refugee’s Struggle for Safety in America.

The lecture is co-sponsored by the UNM Center for Regional Studies.

For CLE registration information, contact Claire Conrad at conrad@law.unm.edu or 277-0080.

See New York Times: Wide Disparities Found in Judging of Asylum Cases