Paula Manning Presents on Feedback for Student Success at McGeorge

Professor Paula Manning’s presentation, “It’s What You Say AND How You Say It:  Autonomy, Supportive Feedback, Mindset, and Motivation,” was held at McGeorge School of Law on October 18.  In this presentation, Professor Manning discussed how faculty at McGeorge can provide feedback to students in ways that increase motivation, foster a growth mindset, and lead to greater student success.

Stephen Moran Nominated for OC Business Journal’s General Counsel Award

Adjunct Professor Stephen Moran, Senior Vice President and General Counsel of CalAmp in Irvine, is a nominee for the Orange County Business Journal’s 7th Annual General Counsel Awards. Professor Moran joined CalAmp in 2013 as its first general counsel and has been instrumental in the company’s transformation. Founded in 1981, CalAmp today is a pure-play pioneer in the connected vehicle and broader Industrial Internet of Things marketplace.  The General Counsel Awards Gala & Program will be held on November 2 at the Hotel Irvine, with UC Irvine School of Law’s Dean Erwin Chemerinsky serving as master of ceremonies.

Jennifer Koh Speaks on State Bar Panel on Immigration and Discrimination

On September 30, Jennifer Koh spoke on a panel at the State Bar of California’s Annual Meeting entitled, ““22 Lewd Chinese Women: Immigration and the Inherent Underlying Issues of Discrimination.”” The panel followed a re-enactment of Chy Lung v. Freeman, an 1875 case about Chinese women being detained at the Port of San Francisco as “lewd women” because they were traveling without their husbands. The panel examined the issues of immigration and federalism, as well as the polarizing issues of sexism, racial profiling and human trafficking. Professor Koh was joined on the panel by the Honorable Elizabeth Lee (San Mateo Superior Court), the Honorable Ashley Tabaddor (Los Angeles Immigration Court), and civil rights attorney Kevin Kish (Director, California Department of Fair Employment and Housing). The Honorable Marguerite Downing (Los Angeles Superior Court) moderated the panel.

Andrew Knapp to Appear on Behalf of Noncitizen in Immigration Case Before United States Supreme Court

As a result of the Supreme Court’s grant of certiorari on September 29, 2016, Adjunct Professor Andrew Knapp will be appearing before the United States Supreme Court on behalf of the noncitizen respondent in Lynch v. Dimaya, a case involving the application of the void for vagueness doctrine to the federal definition of a “crime of violence” at 18 U.S.C. section 16(b), as incorporated into the Immigration and Nationality Act. Professor Knapp, a graduate of Western State Class of 1995, teaches in the Western State College of Law Immigration Clinic, where he is supervising students in the inaugural class of the Clinic’s Ninth Circuit Representation Project. Professor Knapp, who also serves as an adjunct professor at Southwestern Law School, represented Mr. James Dimaya before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals through the Southwestern Law School Ninth Circuit Clinic. He will be co-counseling the case with the law firm Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe, where the legal team includes former Supreme Court law clerks E. Joshua Rosenkranz and Brian Goldman.

Jennifer Koh Presents at NYU Law School Workshop

On September 24, Professor Jennifer Koh presented a working draft of her article, “Crimmigration and the Void for Vagueness Doctrine,” at the annual Clinical Law Review Writers’ Workshop held at NYU School of Law. The Article, which is scheduled for publication in the Wisconsin Law Review in December 2016, argues in favor of extending the void for vagueness doctrine to certain federal immigration laws that impose adverse immigration consequences on past criminal convictions.

As a member of the Board of Editors for the Clinical Law Review (a peer-edited journal sponsored by NYU Law School, the American Association of Law Schools, and the Clinical Legal Education Association), Professor Koh also served as a commentator/facilitator during the Workshop.

Susan Keller Publishes Opinion Piece Encouraging Non-Sex-Segregated Public Restrooms

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Susan Keller has written an opinion piece that addresses the assumption that gender is binary, an assumption that lies behind some of the challenges to the Obama Administration guidelines on access to public restrooms. Dean Keller’s article confronts the notion of a binary categorization system and suggests the alternative of offering facilities that are not sex-segregated, urging that this would provide both obvious and subtle benefits. “What If We All Used The Same Bathroom?” was published in the Boston Globe’s September 6 issue.

Tracie Porter Publishes Article on Tax Burdens for Underwater Homeowners

Professor Tracie R. Porter has recently published her article, “The Quagmire of Mortgage Short Sale Transactions Under Current Homeownership Tax Policy in a Time of Crisis,” in the Akron Law Review, the University of Akron School of Law’s flagship journal, annual Tax Edition. Professor Porter’s article addresses the onerous burden on taxpayers selling underwater properties created by current tax laws and policy related to Mortgage Short Sales Transactions.  In particular, the article addresses the potential, unavoidable tax liability created by federal and state tax laws for forgiven indebtedness, which is considered taxable income, that homeowners incur.