Sister Mary Schmidt Lecture Series Presents
Law in the Midst of Exile
Reverend Craig B. Mousin
University Ombudsperson, DePaul University
Immigration law has become one of the most critically debated issues of the century. Most from all sides of the political debate agree that the current law is broken and needs to be reformed or fixed. How do the biblical narrative and Catholic Social Thought impact the debate? What is the law that guides our beliefs and goals in our nation? How does a person of faith respond to the exiled or refugee in our midst? This lecture intends to add new dimensions as we respond to those questions.
Reverend Craig B. Mousin has been the University Ombudsperson at DePaul University since 2001. He received a B.S. cum laude from Johns Hopkins University, a J.D. with honors from the University of Illinois, and a M. Div. from Chicago Theological Seminary. Since 2001, Mousin has served as the University Ombudsperson at DePaul.
Mousin joined the College of Law faculty in 1990 where he has taught Immigration Law and Policy and Asylum and Refugee Law. He served as the Executive Director of the Center for Church/State Studies until 2003, and co-director from 2004 to 2007. He co-founded both the Center’s Interfaith Family Mediation Program and DePaul’s Asylum and Immigration Legal Clinic as well as its Legal Resource Program. Mousin taught Immigration Law and Policy as an adjunct law professor at the University of Illinois College of Law. He was also an adjunct faculty member at Chicago Theological Seminary. In 1978, he began practicing labor law at Seyfarth, Shaw, Fairweather & Geraldson. Six years later he founded and directed the Midwest Immigrant Rights Center (now the National Immigrant Justice Center), a provider of legal assistance to refugees. From 1986 to 1990, he directed legal services for Travelers & Immigrants Aid.
Reverend Mousin was ordained by the United Church of Christ in 1989. He served as an Associate Pastor at Wellington Avenue United Church of Christ and was one of the founding pastors of the DePaul Ecumenical Gathering (1996-2001). A Life Trustee of the Chicago Theological Seminary, he also serves on the Board of Directors for the Eco-Justice Collaborative and the Leadership Council of both the National Immigrant Justice Center and the Marjorie Kovler Center for the Survivors of Torture.