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Our Symposium's focus will be on the practical aspects of immigration law and the current policy debates surrounding the field. Our goal is to present a compelling CLE program for immigration and non-immigration practitioners alike, as well as to provide an engaging educational experience for current law students.


Attendees will have the opportunity to hear the following experts speak on current issues within the field of immigration law in the United States.

Joaquin Castro

Keynote Speaker:
Joaquin Castro

Congressman, 20th Congressional District of Texas
U.S. House of Representatives

Now in his third term in the U.S. House of Representatives, Rep. Castro serves on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, as well as the House Foreign Affairs Committee. He previously served five terms as state representative for District 125. In addition, Rep. Castro was a visiting professor of law at St. Mary's University and is active on the board of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials.

Speaker Dan Kesselbrenner

Special Guest Speaker:
Dan Kesselbrenner

Executive Director
National Immigration Project
of the National Lawyers Guild

Mr. Kesselbrenner is a nationally recognized expert on the immigration consequences of criminal convictions and on contesting deportability in immigration proceedings. He is co-author of Immigration Law and Crimes, which was cited in the 2010 Supreme Court decision, Padilla v. Kentucky, and has authored numerous articles on immigration law. He has also trained over 5,000 attorneys for the criminal defense bar as well as state judges in immigration consequences.

Lance Curtright

Lance Curtright

Immigration Attorney and Partner
De Mott, McChesney, Curtright & Armendariz, LLP

Mr. Curtright has practiced immigration law since 2001 and has successfully represented hundreds of clients in deportation proceedings. He is Board Certified in Immigration and Nationality Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. A frequent conference speaker, Mr. Curtright was also selected for inclusion in the 2016 and 2017 editions of The Best Lawyers in America.

Stacie Jonas

Stacie Jonas

Lead Attorney
Human Trafficking Project
Texas RioGrande Legal Aid

Ms. Jonas has helped provide legal services to victims of labor and sex trafficking in Texas and six southern states. She also represents workers who have suffered other forms of labor exploitation. Prior to moving to Texas, Ms. Jonas was an attorney at Southern Migrant Legal Services (SMLS), a project serving migrant farmworkers in the South. She has represented dozens of victims of labor trafficking seeking immigrant relief and in civil lawsuits against their traffickers.

Kate Lincoln-Goldfinch

Kate Lincoln-Goldfinch

Austin Immigration Attorney
Lincoln-Goldfinch Law

Ms. Lincoln-Goldfinch works exclusively on immigration law in her private practice, with a focus on family-based Austin immigration (greencards, waivers, citizenship), deportation defense, and humanitarian cases like U-visas for crime victims, VAWA, and asylum. She also serves as the pro bono liaison for the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

Javier Maldonado

Javier Maldonado

Immigration Attorney
Law Office of Javier N. Maldonado, PC

Mr. Maldonado specializes in representing individuals in complex federal and state litigation in the areas of immigration, employment disputes, criminal, and civil rights law. Previously, he was awarded a Skadden Fellowship to work at the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) and then joined the legal staff at the end of his fellowship. He was subsequently employed as a trial attorney with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and then became the executive director of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights of Texas where he litigated cases on behalf of immigrants.

Nina Perales

Nina Perales

Vice President of Litigation MALDEF

Ms. Perales supervises the legal staff and litigation docket in MALDEF's offices across the United States. She is best known for her work in voting rights, including redistricting and vote dilution cases. Her litigation has included LULAC v. Perry, the Latino challenge to Texas 2003 congressional redistricting, which she led through trial and argued successfully in the U.S. Supreme Court. Ms. Perales also specializes in immigrants' rights litigation, including leading cases striking down anti-immigrant laws in Farmers Branch, Texas and recovering civil damages from violent vigilantes.

Erica Schommer

Erica Schommer

Clinical Assistant Professor of Law
St. Mary's University

Before joining the St. Mary's Law faculty, Ms. Schommer practiced immigration law on the U.S./Mexico border from 2003 to 2010 with Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Inc., where she was the managing attorney for its anti-human trafficking team and the director of the Legal Orientation Program at the Willacy Detention Center in Raymondville, Texas. From 2012 to 2015, Ms. Schommer was appointed to serve on the American Bar Association's Commission on Immigration and was the co-chair of the Commission's Mental Health Advisory Group.

Reyna Torres Mendivil

Reyna Torres Mendivil

Consul General Mexican Consulate

On April 16, 2017, Ambassador Torres Mendivil assumed her current role in San Antonio, appointed by President of Mexico Enrique Peña Nieto. Her goals include strengthening the image of Mexico in San Antonio, a city considered one of the most Mexican in the United States. Her work covers 27 counties served by the consulate and helps empower Mexican communities through consular services. Previously, Ambassador Torres Mendivil held different positions in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including Deputy General Coordinator of Advisors to the Secretariat and Deputy Director General for Human Rights and Democracy.


Outstanding Networking with Other Legal and Immigration Professionals

  • Attendees will have the opportunity to network with attorneys, educators, community leaders, students, and professionals who work in the field of immigration.

Certification Credit

  • This Continuing Legal Education (CLE) event has been approved by the State Bar of Texas for 6.5 CLE credit hours (including 1 hour of ethics).

Breakfast and Lunch Are Included

  • A delicious breakfast, lunch, and drinks are included with the conference fee.


  • Attorney Regular Registration: $110
  • Non-Attorney and Government Employee Registration: $70 
  • Student Registration: $30
  • St. Mary's University School of Law Faculty: FREE
  • Registration fees payable by credit card, electronic funds transfer, or a check payable to "The Scholar." Payment instructions will be emailed automatically after registration form is received.
  • On-site, same-day registration is available, but please be advised this does not allow us time to include your breakfast or lunch order, so food may be limited or unavailable.

Please register using the form on this page so we can prepare your materials and include your breakfast and lunch. For more information, please contact Rigo Ledesma, Symposium Editor, at lawscholar@stmarytx.edu or call Kat Gomez, The Scholar Business Manager, at 210.436.3525