Feb. 28: Faculty lecture focuses on ‘Models, Medivacs, Moguls and More: Finding the Curious in Immigration Law’

Kit Johnson
Kit Johnson

Kit Johnson, Associate Professor of Law, will present the fourth of the 2017-18 Faculty Lecture Series on Wednesday, Feb. 28, at 4:30 p.m. at the North Dakota Museum of Art. A reception will precede the lecture at 4 p.m. The title of her talk is  “Models, Medivacs, Moguls and More: Finding the Curious in Immigration Law.”

Immigration issues dominate headlines, but the news of the day focuses on only a tiny part of the sprawling patchwork of law and regulation that decides who is in and who is out at the border. Johnson zooms in on some overlooked aspects of immigration law — with a particular emphasis on exploring how business interests work the system in self-serving ways, such as Disney lobbying for a custom-tailored visa program to fill the ranks of theme-park workers, real-estate moguls seeking to finance construction by recruiting rich tenants from overseas, and hospitals privately deporting uninsured patients (on chartered jet planes!). Professor Johnson argues that reconsidering our visa system from a holistic public-policy perspective offers a wealth of opportunities: for economic development, for public health, and for building the foundations of peace among nations.

Kit Johnson joined the UND School of Law faculty in 2016 after four years of teaching at the University of Oklahoma College of Law.  Johnson teaches immigration law, business associations law, and trial advocacy. Her scholarly interests lie in the area of immigration and, specifically, the intersection of U.S. immigration law and U.S. business interests. Beyond the classroom, she is a board member of the Global Friends Coalition, which is dedicated to integrating New Americans into the Grand Forks community.

Prior to teaching, Johnson was an attorney with the Los Angeles law firm of Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP, and she served as a law clerk to the Honorable Pamela A. Rymer of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the Honorable Robert C. Broomfield of the United States District Court for the District of Arizona.  Johnson received her J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, and her B.A. from Wesleyan University where she was a College of Letters major.

The Faculty Lecture Series seeks to cultivate a stronger academic atmosphere on the University of North Dakota campus by showcasing the scholarly research of faculty selected across the disciplines. The Lectures aim to present with some depth and rigor the scholarly questions and goals of the individual faculty member. In presenting their scholarship, the Lecturers will share the enthusiasm and dedication that sustains their research.

In 2017-2018, the Faculty Lecture Series continues through the funding of the Offices of the President and the Vice President for Academic Affairs and is presented through the planning of the Faculty Lecture Series Committee.

Mark your calendar for upcoming Faculty Lectures to be hosted at the North Dakota Museum of Art.  More information is available at und.edu/provost/faculty-lecture-series/

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