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20th Annual Buck Colbert Franklin Memorial Civil Rights Lecture – Online

May 12, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Buck Colbert Franklin lecture will be an online informative lecture only
and will NOT qualify for CLE credit.
This lecture will be made available online on May 12 at 6 p.m. CT. It will also be archived for later viewing.



Join us Tuesday, May 12 at 6pm CT – Click here to view the Lecture


The University of Tulsa College of Law proudly presents 20th Annual Buck Colbert Franklin Memorial Civil Rights Lecture presented by César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández, Associate Professor of Law, University of Denver, Sturm College of Law.

“Migrating to Prison: Immigration in the Age of Mass Incarceration”

For most of the nation’s history, migrants came and went from the United States without the risk of being imprisoned simply for moving about. That world is a now receding memory. These days, roughly half a million migrants are locked up annually because they have violated immigration law. The time is ripe to ask why we imprison so many migrants and remind ourselves that migration policy hasn’t always been this way.
Online Lecture 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.


César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández is a tenured associate professor of law at the University of Denver. His academic interests center on crimmigration law, the convergence of criminal and immigration law. His first book, titled Crimmigration Law, was published by the American Bar Association in 2015. His second book, Migrating to Prison: America’s Obsession with Locking Up Immigrants, was released in December 2019 by The New Press. In addition to teaching a seminar on crimmigration law and policy, he teaches Immigration Law, Criminal Procedure, Torts, and an undergraduate course, Legal Actors and Institutions. He is currently serving his second consecutive one-year term as a member of the American Bar Association’s Commission on Immigration. He has published op-eds in The New York Times, The Guardian, Newsweek, and elsewhere.

César publishes crimmigration.com, an award-winning blog about the convergence of criminal and immigration law. In 2014, he received the Derrick A. Bell, Jr. Award by the Association of American Law Schools Section on Minority Groups, an honor issued to a “junior faculty member who, through activism, mentoring, colleagueship, teaching and scholarship, has made an extraordinary contribution to legal education, the legal system or social justice.” He has served as a scholar-in-residence at the University of California, Berkeley and Texas Southern University. During the spring of 2018 he was a Fulbright scholar in Slovenia where he was affiliated with the Institute of Criminology at the University of Ljubljana. He is currently a member of the American Bar Association Commission on Immigration. César makes frequent public appearances discussing crimmigration law. He has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, National Public RadioPublic Radio International, The Guardian, The NationLa Opinión, and numerous other publications.

The Buck Colbert Franklin Memorial Civil Rights Lecture honors one of the first black attorneys in Tulsa and Oklahoma. In the aftermath of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, Franklin served his community and his profession by assisting victims. Working from a tent because his office and home had been destroyed, he represented clients, filed briefs and fought back against the injustice of the massacre and the city’s assault on the Tulsa black community. The lecture also honors the legacy of his son, the distinguished historian John Hope Franklin, who delivered the first lecture in the series.


May 12, 2020
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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