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2009.04.22 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

OLLAS and ACLU Nebraska to Host Director of ACLU’s National Immigrants Rights Project

Omaha - The Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO), along with cosponsor American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Nebraska Foundation, will host a conversation with Lucas Guttentag, director of ACLU’s National Immigrants’ Rights Project at 6 p.m. Friday, April 24, in South Omaha. Guttentag will discuss the ACLU’s Defense of Immigrant Rights.

Guttentag has litigated major constitutional and class action lawsuits throughout the United States for more than 25 years, argued successfully in the United States Supreme Court and received many awards for his work, including being named a Human Rights Hero by the American Bar Association’s Human Rights journal, one of the country’s leading advocates of the last 25 years by the Washington, D.C., National Immigration Forum. He has also been recognized for excellence in litigation by the American Immigration Lawyers Association four times and elected a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation in 2006.

He also teaches courses on the constitutional rights of immigrants and immigration law at the University of California Berkeley (Boalt Hall) School of Law and Stanford Law School. He received his AB with honors from the University of California at Berkeley and his JD with honors from Harvard Law School.

The community forum is funded partially by the ACLU Nebraska Foundation and the Ford Foundation.

The meeting and special reception will be held at El Alamo restaurant. Due to limited space, OLLAS invited a group of community leaders who had been working on immigration policy during recent months.

For more information call Yuriko Doku at OLLAS: (402) 554-3835

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UNO is celebrating its 100th anniversary. The celebration recognizes the partnership among the City of Omaha, its citizens and UNO to build a vibrant and dynamic community. The centennial theme is “UNO: Central To Our City Since 1908.” This theme acknowledges the past contributions of UNO to the community and sets the stage for great things to come.

UNO, inaugurated in 1968, emerged from the Municipal University of Omaha, established in 1931, which grew out of the University of Omaha founded in 1908. For Centennial information, go to http://www.unomaha.edu/100/.

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