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.
The John J. Brunetti Human Trafficking Academy of St. Thomas University School of Law is renowned for its solid track record of effective training on human trafficking matters. To date, the Academy has provided specialized training and technical assistance to over 10,000 leaders and community members domestically and abroad.
This Academy will continue to offer its exceptional curriculum and intensive certification with 15 advanced courses taught by leading experts in the field. We look forward to providing you with cutting-edge perspectives, insight, and knowledge on the state of human trafficking as we combat this scourge together now and in the years to come!
Read about our most recent 2020 Summer Academy here.