First Annual San Diego International Law Journal Symposium

First Annual San Diego International Law Journal Symposium

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Date and Time

  • Friday, March 15, 2013 at 6:00 p.m.


University Center, Room 128

5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110




Symposium Overview

flags of the world on a world mapThe San Diego International Law Journal’s First Annual Symposium will focus on immigration this year. When the Supreme Court announced its opinion for Padilla v. Kentucky in 2010, there was some confusion about how the case would be applied, and especially whether it would be applied retroactively. This issue was clarified by the Supreme Court’s recent 7-2 decision in Chaidez v. United States on February 20, 2013. The symposium will bring together legal experts to discuss this landmark decision and how it will impact both the immigration and criminal fields.

Symposium Agenda

  • 6-6:05 p.m. — Welcome by Shannon Finley
  • 6:05-6:35 p.m. — Opening Lecture by Professor Sean Olender
  • 6:35-8:00 p.m. — Speaker Panel
    • Elizabeth Chapman, AUSA
    • Dalin Holyoak, AUSA
    • Sean Riordan, Staff Attorney at ACLU
  • 8:00 p.m. — Reception at O’Toole’s (restaurant at the University Center)

MCLE Credit Information

The University of San Diego School of Law is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider and certifies that this activity is approved for 2.0 hours of general credit.


The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required to attend. Please register online by March 13, 2013.

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SDILJ Symposium Biographies

Sean Olender

Adjunct Professor of Law Professor

Professor Olender earned a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of San Diego and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Olender currently teaches courses in the area of immigration law at the University of San Diego. Olender practices immigration and employment law at Olender Pham. His experience includes representing corporations in business immigration in the Silicon Valley, litigating immigration cases in the district courts and circuit courts of appeal and representing respondents and asylees in deportation defense cases in the immigration court. Olender served on the board of directors of the American Immigration Lawyers Association Northern California Chapter, on the editorial board of San Francisco Attorney Magazine and on the NCHRA Legislative Affairs Committee. He is currently a member of the board of directors of the Coalition of Concerned Legal Professionals. He was the recipient of the Benito Juarez Human Rights Award from the AIDS Legal Referral Panel, the Outstanding Volunteer in Public Service Award from the Bar Association of San Francisco VLSP, and served as a past chair of the Bar Association of San Francisco’s immigration law section. Olender has published articles in San Francisco Attorney Magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle, and The Verdict and has been invited to give seminars and radio interviews on law and policy.

Elizabeth Chapman


Elizabeth (“Lizzy”) Chapman is a trial attorney with the Appellate Section of the U.S. Department of Justice – Civil Division, Office of Immigration Litigation (“OIL”). She began her career with the DOJ as a summer SLIP intern, and after graduating law school joined OIL through the Attorney General’s Honor’s program. Through her work at OIL, she has defended the United States in both federal district court and appellate court litigation throughout the country. Chapman graduated from the George Washington University Law School, earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and studied Spanish and art history in Madrid, Spain and Havana, Cuba.

Dalin Holyoak


Dalin Holyoak is a trial attorney with the appellate section of the U.S. Department of Justice – Civil Division, Office of Immigration Litigation (“OIL”). Over the past seven years, Dalin has represented the United States Attorney General in civil litigation in nearly every federal circuit court, defending petitions for review brought by individuals challenging their final orders of removal. While at the Department of Justice, Dalin also completed a detail to the Civil Division Federal Programs Branch where he represented the President of the United States in the Guantanamo habeas litigation. Prior to joining the Department of Justice, Dalin worked for four years in private practice in Washington, DC—first with the boutique immigration firm of Maggio & Kattar, and later with Spriggs & Hollingsworth. Dalin obtained his JD degree from the George Washington University Law School, studied at the Universidad Panamericana under the North American Consortium on Legal Education created under NAFTA, completed the Oxford Human Rights Program, worked as a human rights researcher in South Africa, and obtained his BA degree from Southern Utah University.

Sean Riordan

Staff Attorney at the ACLU

Sean Riordan is a staff attorney at the ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties, where he works on a range of issues primarily related to immigrants’ rights and national security. Prior to attending law school at UCLA, Riordan lived extensively in Arabic-speaking countries, studying Islamic history and advocating for the rights of refugees. After clerking in the District Court for the Central District of California, he began working at the ACLU as a Skadden Fellow in 2008.

Judge Zsa Zsa Depaolo

U.S. Immigration Court Judge at United State Department of Justice Executive Office for Immigration Review

Contact Information

If you have any questions, please email Shannon Finley, symposium chair.


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