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  • John Keller

    Immigration Law Center

    Graduated Cum Laude, from Hamline School of Law. He worked for the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota (ILCM) as a staff attorney from 1998 through 2003, specializing in naturalization, deportation defense and family reunification. In 2005, he became ILCM’s Executive Director. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at University of Minnesota Immigration Clinic. He worked to help create the state’s Working Group on Ethnic Heritage and New Americans in 2007 and has forged coalitions for immigration reform and defense that include labor, business, faith, civic and other partners. He is a frequent speaker on all immigration law and policy issues. As a result of ILCM’s work after the immigration raid in Worthington, Minnesota, Mr. Keller was named the “Minnesota Lawyer” Attorney of the Year in 2007, and ILCM received the Minnesota Council of Non-Profits 2007 Advocacy Award. In 2011, Mr. Keller was given the Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association’s Access to Justice award.


    Presentation Overview

    Immigration, Refugees, and Workforce

    how they are connected in the business community's role

    Join experienced practitioners John Keller and Jessica Thomasson as we consider how to more effectively engage new populations in the workforce and explore the opportunity and challenges of workforce diversity. Learn about trends and future immigration issues in the MACE region and the successes, challenges and lessons learned concerning immigrant families employers and communities. These experts will help us understand the chamber of commerce role in dealing with the sometimes difficult issues surrounding immigration and refugee populations.