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.
From Crisis to Crossroads:
Protections in Law for Migrants and Refugees
September 24, 2020 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
The global pandemic requires us to unite and protect one another. During this critical time, we respect the courage of refugees, recognizing the hardships they have faced coming to this country, and the positive impact they bring to our local communities. On September 24, 2020, please join us online for a distinguished panel discussion on various forms of protections in law for migrants and refugees, including those that protect against the human trafficking.
This free event is open to the public with registration and part of a larger series in honor of the 106th World Day of Migrants and Refugees. It is hosted in partnership with the Immigration Law Students Association (ILSA) at St. Thomas University School of Law.
Ignacio J. Vázquez Jr.
Chief of the Special Prosecutions Section
U.S. Attorney’s Office, SDFL
Johanna Oliver Rousseaux
Of Counsel, Jones Day
President, Americans for Immigrant Justice
Presidential Leadership Scholar
Minglu Michele Guo, M.P.A.
Graduate Fellow, The John J. Brunetti Human Trafficking Academy
Juris Doctorate Candidate, 2022
St. Thomas University School of Law