U.S. immigration policy expert Tino Cuellar to give Constitution Day address

Veteran policy specialist and 2012 Washington University Distinguished Visiting Scholar Mariano-Florentino “Tino” Cuellar, JD, PhD, will present this year’s Constitution Day lecture on “Immigrants, Citizens and American Law.” The Assembly Series program will be held at noon Monday, Sept. 17, in Anheuser-Busch Hall’s Bryan Cave Moot Courtroom, Room 310.


Sponsored by the School of Law, the Office of the Provost, the Gephardt Institute for Public Service and the Immigration Law Society, Cuellar’s talk is free and open to the public.

The Stanford University law professor has advised the Obama and Clinton presidential administrations on a broad range of public policies, including public health and safety, migration and international security regulation. He co-directs the Stanford Center for International Security and Cooperation and is a senior fellow at Stanford’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies.

Cuellar also serves as a member of the board of The Constitution Project, a bi-partisan organization that promotes and safeguards America’s founding charter.

In 2009, Cuellar took a leave of absence from teaching to serve as President Obama’s special assistant to the president for justice and regulatory policy, where he led the Domestic Policy Council’s work on criminal justice and drug policy, public health and food safety, regulatory reform, borders and immigration, civil rights and rural and agricultural policy.

A year later, the president appointed Cuellar to the Council of the Administrative Conference of the United States, an independent agency charged with improving the efficiency and fairness of federal regulatory programs. He also was appointed to the Department of Education’s National Commission on Educational Equity and Excellence, as well as the Department of State’s Advisory Sub-Committee on Economic Sanctions.

Among other issues, he has worked on implementing stricter food safety standards, investigating the Food and Drug Administration’s regulatory science initiative, expanding support for local law enforcement and community-based crime prevention and strengthening border coordination and immigrant integration.

Before working at the White House, he co-chaired the Obama-Biden Transition’s Immigration Policy Working Group.

During the second term of the Clinton administration, he worked at the U.S. Department of the Treasury as senior adviser to the undersecretary for enforcement where he focused on anti-corruption initiatives, border coordination and financial enforcement.

Cuellar joined the Stanford Law School faculty in 2001, where he holds the Deane F. Johnson Faculty Scholar chair and has a courtesy appointment as professor of political science.

Cuellar earned a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University, a law degree from Yale University, and a doctorate in political science from Stanford.

For information on this or other Assembly Series programs, visit assemblyseries.wustl.edu or call 314-935-4620; for School of Law events, visit http://law.wustl.edu/pilss/ or call 314-935-6414.