Professor Michael Vastine joined the faculty of St. Thomas University School of Law in 2004, where he is a tenured professor of law and Director of the Immigration Clinic. A frequent conference speaker and author, he is also a leader of the immigration bar, with extensive service within the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). From 2011-20, he was elected to serve on the AILA South Florida Chapter Board of Directors, including a term as Chair of the Chapter. Professor Vastine’s AILA national-level service includes multiple terms on the Federal Litigation Section Steering Committee, Annual Conference Planning Committee, and Amicus Curiae Committee. His impact litigation principally relates to immigration and crimes, including the lead case at the Florida Supreme Court establishing the constitutional rights of immigrant defendants to effective representation by their criminal counsel, and multiple cases at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit delineating the immigration consequences of Florida convictions involving controlled substances. Additionally, he has represented AILA and other community-based organizations, as amicus curiae counsel, in forums ranging from the Board of Immigration Appeals to the U.S. Supreme Court, in matters including the constitutional limits of indefinite detention of immigrants, the due process rights of the physically deported, and the immigration consequences of state crimes. In 2013, Professor Vastine received the AILA (National) Elmer Fried Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Survivors Panel, Mass and Reception Honoring International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking
February 8, 2021 | 11:00 am - 1:45 pm
On Monday, February 8, 2021, the International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking, please join us in person or online for Mass to reflect and pray for the 40.3 Million people trapped in modern slavery around the world. The John J. Brunetti Human Trafficking Academy is proud to cooperate with Campus Ministry and the Catholic Identity Committee of the Law School Faculty at St. Thomas University on this event. A reception will immediately follow. All faiths are welcome to attend. This event is free and open to the public.
“Human trafficking is an open wound on the body of contemporary society,
a scourge upon the body of Christ… It is a crime against humanity.”
– His Holiness Pope Francis
To Attend Online:
Link coming soon.
To Attend in Person:
RSVP is required at the link below. Due to COVID-19, seating is limited and will only be available to those who register in advance.
Masks are required.
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