20th Fellin Lecture to Focus on Immigration | Benedictine College

20th Fellin Lecture to Focus on Immigration

Published: Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Ellen Boegel

Ellen K. Boegel, J.D., a lawyer, author and associate professor in the Division of Criminal Justice, Legal Studies and Homeland Security at St. John’s University in Queens, New York, will speak on “Who Needs Immigration Laws?” on Sunday, September 25, at 7:30 p.m. in O’Malley-McAllister Auditorium on the Benedictine College campus in Atchison, Kan. She is presenting for the 20th Annual Mary L. Fellin Lecture, sponsored by the Benedictine Sisters of Mount St. Scholastica. Her presentation will focus on a series of stories that will highlight various aspects of immigration, such as refugees, citizenship status, government limits and reasons for immigration. The event is free and open to the public.

Boegel was a member of the George Washington Law Review from 1982 to 1984 and received her law degree from George Washington University in Washington, D.C., in 1984. After graduating from law school, she clerked in Manhattan for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and then served as Associate Counsel in the Unified Court System for the State of New York. In addition to her teaching duties, she is currently a licensed lawyer in New York and serves as an attorney panelist on the state’s Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs’ Surrogate Decision-Making Committee and volunteers with the New York Legal Assistance Group’s mobile legal clinic.

In 2014, the Catholic Press Association awarded Boegel First Place, Best Coverage of Marriage, for her article on the U.S. Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage decisions. She is a regular columnist in America magazine and has had articles published in numerous other magazines, journals and websites.

The Sisters of Mount St. Scholastica Monastery present the Fellin Lecture each year with the sponsorship of the Fellin Endowment Fund in order to support the liberal arts orientation of Benedictine College.  The series is from a female perspective and Past lectures in the series have included “Common Ground, Uncommon Excellence” by Dr. Carolyn Woo, president & CEO of Catholic Relief Services; “Soul Food: Kansas Nuns Teach Journalist to Sit Still, Be Quiet, and Find Home” by Judith Valente; “Responsibility of the Artist in View of 9/11” by Sister Diane Couture, SSJ; “Benedict, Francis and Thomas: Contributions to Environmental Ethics from a Catholic, Christian Perspective” by James Schaefer; “Dialogue of Hope: The Future of Catholic Relations with Muslims” by Sandra Keating; and “Illuminating the Word: The Saint John’s Bible” by S. Mary Irene Nowell, OSB.

Founded in 1858, Benedictine College is a Catholic, Benedictine, residential, liberal arts college located on the bluffs above the Missouri River in Atchison, Kansas.  The school is proud to have been named one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report as well as one of the top Catholic colleges in the nation by First Things magazine and the Newman Guide.  It prides itself on outstanding academics, extraordinary faith life, strong athletic programs, and an exceptional sense of community and belonging.  It has a mission to educate men and women within a community of faith and scholarship.