Academics

Leading Immigration Experts Talk Policy, the Constitution

This semester, Oglethorpe’s Academic Affairs hosted “Coffee and Conversations,” a four-part lecture series on topics relevant to current events, including immigration law and policy, the science and policy of global climate change, and the “legitimate parallels and silly comparisons” between Trump and fascism.

For the final lecture, Oglethorpe welcomed attorneys Charles H. Kuck, managing partner at Kuck Immigration Partners LLC, and Jonathan E. Polonsky, partner at Kilpatrick, for a conversation about “Immigration: When the Constitution and Laws Collide,” moderated by President Larry Schall.

Charles Kuck oversees Kuck Immigration Partners’ nationwide immigration practice. He is the past National President of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the past President of the Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers (ABIL). Mr. Kuck has testified in Congress, fought against anti-immigrant legislation and serves as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Emory Law School. Mr. Kuck’s firm was recently successful in challenging a Georgia law which required DACA students who reside in the state to pay out-of-state tuition at public universities.

Jonathan Polonsky is Senior Counsel with Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton’s New York office. This past January, Mr. Polansky, serving as a pro bono lawyer through the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP), played a key role securing the release of an Iraqi refugee detained at Kennedy International Airport after President Trump signed his first executive order broadly restricting refugees and immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries.