Professor Michael Vastine joined the faculty of St. Thomas University College of Law in 2004, where he is a tenured professor of law and Director of the Immigration Clinic. A frequent conference speaker and author, he is also a leader of the immigration bar, with extensive service within the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). From 2011-20, he was elected to serve on the AILA South Florida Chapter Board of Directors, including a term as Chair of the Chapter. Professor Vastine’s AILA national-level service includes multiple terms on the Federal Litigation Section Steering Committee, Annual Conference Planning Committee, and Amicus Curiae Committee. His impact litigation principally relates to immigration and crimes, including the lead case at the Florida Supreme Court establishing the constitutional rights of immigrant defendants to effective representation by their criminal counsel, and multiple cases at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit delineating the immigration consequences of Florida convictions involving controlled substances. Additionally, he has represented AILA and other community-based organizations, as amicus curiae counsel, in forums ranging from the Board of Immigration Appeals to the U.S. Supreme Court, in matters including the constitutional limits of indefinite detention of immigrants, the due process rights of the physically deported, and the immigration consequences of state crimes. In 2013, Professor Vastine received the AILA (National) Elmer Fried Award for Excellence in Teaching.
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Venue: The Goldbloom Convocation Hall (Main Library), St. Thomas University “We cannot rest until trafficking in human persons is eliminated from the globe.” – Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski, Archdiocese of…Find out more »
Gillen-Massey Intercultural Human Rights Scholarship Application Deadline: January 31, 2024 The Gillen-Massey Intercultural Human Rights Scholarship was established in memory of Michele Gillen and Kyla Massey by A Voice in…Find out more »
The John J. Brunetti Human Trafficking Academy and A Voice in the Wilderness Empowerment Center are accepting nominations for the 2024 Gillen-Massey Award through January 19, 2024. The Gillen-Massey Award,…Find out more »
Today, January 11 is the National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. The John J. Brunetti Human Trafficking Academy of the St. Thomas University College of Law joins the Department of…Find out more »
Sunday, September 24, 2023, will mark the Vatican’s 109th World Day of Migrants and Refugees. The Holy Father has chosen the theme “Free to Choose Whether to Migrate or to Stay,” intending to promote a renewed reflection on a right that has not yet been codified at the international level: the right not to have to migrate or, in other words, the right to be able to remain in one’s own land.Find out more »