Professor Michael Vastine joined the faculty of St. Thomas University College 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.
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The educational impact of learning from human trafficking survivor leaders is unmatched. Their voice, their resilience, their wisdom should guide all good law, policy and practice. This session will explore…Find out more »
“We are all in the same boat and we are called to commit ourselves so that no more walls separate us, so that there are no longer others, but only…Find out more »
Join us for a live webinar to learn about this year’s theme for the 107th World Day of Migrants and Refugees, An Ever Wider “WE,” as it relates to people…Find out more »
On July 30, please join us online for World Day against Trafficking in Persons: The Challenges of Unaccompanied Minors. After an influx of unaccompanied minors into the United States, the…Find out more »
As part of the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program, The John J. Brunetti Human Trafficking Academy of St. Thomas University College of Law is pleased to host a…Find out more »