2012 Election Experts: Immigration


Jayesh Rathod - assistant professor of law and director of the Immigrant Justice Clinic

Expertise: immigration law & policy

Professor Rathod’s areas of expertise and scholarly interests include immigrants’ rights, labor and employment, occupational safety and health, and the intersection of law and organizing.  Prior to joining the faculty, he was a Staff Attorney at CASA of Maryland, representing low-wage immigrant workers on employment law and immigration matters, and participating in worker education, organizing, and advocacy efforts. He also practiced in the litigation section at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering LLP, and was law clerk to the Honorable Louis F. Oberdorfer, of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. Over the course of his career, he has worked with numerous non-governmental organizations to advance the civil and human rights of communities in the United States and abroad.

Patrick Shen - adjunct professor and director of global compliance and a senior member of the Corporate Compliance Committee for Fragomen

Expertise: immigration law & policy

Patrick Shen works with U.S. and multinational clients in maintaining compliant immigration programs.  Prior to rejoining Fragomen, Patrick was appointed by the President and confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate as special counsel for Immigration-related Unfair Employment Practices in the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division. He also served as policy and planning director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in the Department of Homeland Security, and chief immigration counsel of the Senate Judiciary Committee.  Patrick spent several years as an immigration litigator for the Justice Department, having served as assistant district counsel of the former Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) and a trial lawyer in the United States Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn, NY as well as the Justice Department in Washington, D.C., representing INS and other agencies in federal courts. Patrick was also director of government relations for Fragomen prior to his presidential appointment.

Bo Cooper - adjunct professor and partner at Berry Appleman & Leiden

Expertise: immigration law & policy

As a Partner at Berry Appleman & Leiden, Bo Cooper provides strategic business immigration advice to companies, hospitals, research institutions, schools and universities, and specializes in representing clients before the U.S. Congress and the executive branch agencies.  Mr. Cooper served as general counsel of the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) from 1999 until February 2003, when he became responsible for the transition of immigration services to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). As the Federal Government’s top immigration law specialist, he advised the Commissioner of the INS, the Attorney General of the United States, the White House, other Executive Branch agencies, and the Congress on all aspects of U.S. immigration law.  Cooper was twice the recipient of the Commissioner’s Exceptional Service Award, the agency’s most prestigious award.  Since leaving the government, he has had an extensive pro bono practice, addressing asylum, Convention Against Torture, and a wide range of other immigration issues.


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