Democracy Wise, a non-partisan speaker series designed to educate on topics of key importance to our democratic system, community, and country. It returns this month with a focus on Immigration Law and Gerrymandering. Join us as USC Professors Niels Franzen and Jean Reisz give talks on immigration law & immigrant rights - in history and as they stand today.
Niels Frenzen is the Sydney M. and Audrey M. Irmas Endowed Clinical Professor of Law at USC Gould School of Law where he teaches immigration and refugee law and is the director of the USC Gould Immigration Clinic. He has been teaching at USC since 2000 and practicing law since 1985. Frenzen writes and blogs about irregular maritime migration from Africa to Europe. Prior to joining the USC faculty, Frenzen practiced with non-profit law offices in Los Angeles and Miami where he represented Haitian boat people, Central Americans, and other asylum seekers. He has litigated cases regarding immigration detention centers, the US Coast Guard’s migrant interdiction operations, the use of Guantanamo as a migrant detention facility, and immigration court national security cases. He received his B.A. from Beloit College and J.D. from Drake University Law School. He is admitted to the bars of California, Florida, Iowa, and is a member of the Law Society of England and Wales.
Professor Jean Reisz co-teaches the Immigration Clinic. Reisz was a trial attorney for six years at the Los Angeles County Public Defender and Alternate Public Defender where she handled misdemeanor and felony cases in downtown Los Angeles and Compton. Prior to becoming joining USC Gould, Reisz was a senior associate at Archer Norris, PLC, where she handled products liability, and wrongful death cases.