Attorney Gerald Duty of DutyPL in Miami | Publicity photo from Pepperdine University

MALIBU, Calif. — Florida attorney Gerald Duty will lead a discussion on U.S. immigration policies as part of the Davenport Discussions on March 22 at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California.

According to a report on the school's website, the Davenport Discussions is a regular roundtable series hosted by the Pepperdine School of Public Policy.

Duty’s presentation, “U.S. Immigration Law and Practice,” is organized by Ashley Trim, executive director of the Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership.

“These interactive sessions give students an opportunity not only to hear from experts in the field, but to ask questions and make personal connections in order to understand the full scope of what constitutes 21st-century public policy,” she recently told the Florida Record,

“The Davenport Institute hosts these intimate conversations with practitioners, journalists, innovators, researchers, and other thought leaders who speak to students on a wide range of issues from state and local finance to the use of technology in government, to environmental issues and much more,” Trim said.

According to the website report, Duty’s presentation will help define and prioritize what makes an American and will discuss important and politically relevant topics including the viability of mass deportations and whether a border wall is cost-effective to enforce immigration law. The seminar will also cover how immigration affects American workers, whether temporary visas can be enforced, and the use of certain terminology in the current political environment.  

Duty graduated from the University of Miami with degrees in law, international studies and political science. He has an extensive background in international law, having practiced law in Miami for almost 20 years with an emphasis on international business transactions and regulatory matters, especially focusing on negotiation and structuring of cross-border business transactions, covering a variety of contractual matters including joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, and foreign investments.

Duty handles cases in a wide range of industries such as banking, international trade, technology, media, and entertainment. He regularly represents both businesses and individuals in legal matters involving immigration issues and applications at his practice, Duty, PL in Miami.

“The dean of the school, Pete Peterson, recommended Gerald as a potential speaker on an issue that is obviously very central to both national and local conversations today,” Trim said.

“U.S. Immigration Law and Practice” will take place at 3 p.m. EST March 22.

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