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Schroeder testifies before Senate Judiciary Committee regarding executive action on immigration

Professor Christopher Schroeder addressed the legality of the policies announced Nov. 20 by Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Jeh Johnson that provide the possibility of deferred action and work authorization for undocumented aliens who meet specific criteria.

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Duke in D.C. gives students who are interested in public policy, public service, and careers in the public sector an opportunity to study federal policymaking firsthand, under the direction of Duke Law faculty and practitioners. The program has three components: a semester-long externship placement in a congressional or policymaking office; a weekly course taught by Duke Law faculty; and a substantial research project. Through this integrated approach, students deepen their analytical skills, become creative and constructive decision-makers, and learn to work collaboratively and across disciplines.

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  • Margaret Lemos
    Professor of Law

    Lemos is a scholar of constitutional law, legal institutions, and procedure.  Her scholarship focuses on the institutions of law interpretation and enforcement and their effects on substantive rights. She writes in four related fields: federalism; administrative law, including the relationship between courts and agencies; statutory interpretation; and civil procedure. Her articles have been published in the Supreme Court Review as well as in the Harvard, New York University, Texas, Minnesota, Vanderbilt, and Notre Dame law reviews.

  • N.C. Marriage Equality

    A discussion of the status of marriage equality in North Carolina and across the United States, the panelists analyze the strategy choices that accompany nationwide civil rights litigation, the practical and theoretical issues surrounding equal protection and due process jurisprudence, and the impact these cases will have on civil rights, constitutional adjudication and federalism going forward.Sponsored by the the Program in Public Law and the American Constitution Society. Panelists: Elizabeth Gill (Senior Staff Attorney, ACLU of Northern California), Neil Siegel (Duke Law), Darrell Miller (Duke Law), Mark Kleinschmidt (Mayor of Chapel Hill, N.C.), Chris Brook (Legal Director, ACLU of N.C.).

  • Does Congress Take the Constitution Seriously? A Constitution Day Conversation

    Do Members of Congress take the U.S. Constitution seriously? Do they attempt to shape their actions to what the Constitution says? Do they instead shape what the Constitution says so that it supports their actions (and condemns the actions of their opponents)? Or do they largely disregard the Constitution? Duke professors Chris Schroeder and Neil Siegel and UNC professor Michael Gerhardt discuss these questions from both an historical and a contemporary perspective. They also address the potential role of judicial review in bringing about the current state of affairs. Sponsored by the Program in Public Law.

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