Immigration and Legal Professional Eager to Foster Honest Communication on the Airwaves
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"With the protests and chants for change sweeping the nation, I'd like to take to the radio or web more broadly to speak about what is happening in our country both politically and racially. Not only as an African American myself, but as a diplomatic and justice professional, I'm uniquely suited to analyze the law, history, and underpinnings of why the African American community and others are trying to change our country for the good," Birdsong says.
A JD graduate of Harvard Law School, Professor Birdsong currently hosts a weekly Public Affairs podcast, "The Urban Connection," that provides information to the African American community that they seldom hear on broadcast radio. He's seen a great deal of change in his lifetime and as an experienced and well-educated man, he's appeared as a TV legal analyst on MSNBC, Fox News, and WUSA-Channel 9 in Washington D.C. Currently, he occasionally appears as a radio legal analyst for CBS Radio and Fox News Radio as well. He's hosted radio programs on WDBO-AM in Orlando and on WPFW-FM and WRC-AM in Washington, D.C.
As a federal prosecutor, he was an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia and later as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney for the U.S. Virgin Islands. He's comfortable with multiple cultures and is well versed in constitutional law, criminal law, and immigration law.
His experience as a cultural affairs officer at the Consulate in Nigeria helped hone his skills in listening, discerning, and finding ways to build bridges across cultures; his time in Germany as Chief of the Nonimmigrant Visa Section of the U.S. Consulate of Hamburg, allowed him to oversee the issuance of 300,000 U.S. visas. In his post in the Bahamas, he was chief of the visa section that issued immigrant and non-immigrant visas. In private practice, he handled nearly as many immigration cases as he did criminal cases. He knows the reality of today's challenges.
Professor Birdsong can be reached by telephone at 407-277-8179 or via email at LBirdsong22@