Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Welcome to Mundus Migrationis

Welcome to the first post of the Mundus Migrationis blog.  It is a blog that furthers the vision of Calderin & Oliva, P.A.  The firm's Latin motto is Advocatio pro mundo migrationis (Attorneys for a world of immigration).   We live in a world of immigration. This world or mundus migrationis affects national and global politics, economics, and laws.  In turn, politics, economics and laws also influence and shape the mundus migrationis.  The goal of this blog is to discuss these forces and, in the process, create some clarity.

Before I go on, there is a small matter of grammar that must be clarified.  You may have noticed that there is discrepancy between the title of the blog and the firm motto.  The former uses the word, mundus and the latter the word mundo.  There is a reason for this and it has to do with Latin grammar.  In Latin, there are several cases for each word, depending on where the word is in a sentence.  The nominative case (subject word) for the Latin word for world is mundus.  Therefore, it is Mundus Migrationis.  However, when the word is placed after a preposition such as, in this case, pro or "for", then the case changes to the dative.  The dative case for mundus is mundo, as in pro mundo migrationis.  That is the reason for the discrepancy.   Of course, I do not claim to be an expert in Latin grammar and  some of the greatest minds in history have published works that contain incorrect Latin.  However, we, at Calderin & Oliva, continue to strive to reach the goal of being correct and complete in all that we do. 

I invite you to join us here and to comment when you like.  The world of immigration is extensive and fascinating.  There should be plenty of opportunities to discuss some interesting issues on this blog.