Immigration topic of Constitutional Conference

The St. Louis Chapter of the American Jewish Congress and the School of Law are co-sponsoring the 27th annual Constitutional Conference titled “In a Nation of Immigrants, Immigration Impasse: What Now?” at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 7, in the Bryan Cave Moot Courtroom in Anheuser-Busch Hall.

The conference, which is free and open to the public, will begin with welcoming remarks by Jay Umansky, president of the St. Louis Chapter of the American Jewish Congress, and Kent Syverud, J.D., dean of the School of Law and the Ethan A.H. Shepley University Professor.

Immigration attorney Suzanne Brown, J.D., chair elect of the Missouri/Kansas Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, will give the Jerome W. Sidel Memorial Lecture.

Brown, who received her law degree from the University in 1996, is a partner at the Law Offices of Suzanne Brown in St. Louis. She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and serves as an AILA liaison for both the Nebraska Service Center and the St. Louis office of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Brown has been engaged in the practice of immigration and nationalities law since 1988, first as a Board of Immigration Appeals Accredited Representative and then as an attorney in private practice.

After Brown’s address, a panel discussion will follow featuring Julia Ostropolsky, executive director of Bi-Lingual International Assistant Services; Courtney Prentis, director of Catholic Charities Community Services Southside; and Joan Suarez, chair of Missouri Immigration & Refugee Advocates. Journalist Richard Weiss will moderate.

A reception will follow in the W.L. Hadley Griffin Student Commons.

Reservations for the reception are required and can be made at or 993-5505.