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August 1, 2009

Where Nobody Knows Your Name

Imagine immigrating to a country where you don’t know the language, where you don’t understand the way people do things, and where even the laws are different. Are you presumed to know the law? Should you be held to the same standards as the country’s natives?

While this scenario sounds like a plot for a Hollywood thriller, it’s actually the harsh reality that many immigrants face. “Lost in Translation? Cross Cultural Issues in the Courts” will examine when and if new immigrants should be subjected to local laws, as well as the consequences of cultural bias in the courtroom. The program will take place Saturday, Aug. 1, from 8:30 – 10 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, East Tower, Lobby Level, Plaza Ballroom A.

Audience members will use handheld devices to vote on vignettes drawn from real-life-inspired and hypothetical situations. Immediately following the program is a book signing by panelist and author Professor Alison Dundes Renteln for her book The Cultural Defense.

Learn More About:  ImmigrationAnnual Meeting 2009