Adjunct Professor Neil Pedersen has again been named a Southern California Super Lawyer in the 2017 edition of Super Lawyers Magazine by Thomson Reuters. This distinction is conferred on select attorneys based on a process involving peer nomination, independent research and evaluation by the publisher, with about 5% of attorneys in the state being named to the list. Professor Pedersen also has been named as one of the 2017 “Best Employment Attorneys in Orange County” by the publishers of Orange Coast Magazine, for the fourth year in a row.
On January 12, 2017, Professor Jennifer Koh spoke at a community forum entitled, “Advancing Justice in Orange County,” which was held at Whittier Law School and sponsored by Asian Americans Advancing Justice as well as over 25 community organizations and academic institutions. The purpose of the forum was to discuss how individuals and groups across Orange County can advance social justice under the incoming Presidential Administration. The panel was moderated by Sylvia Kim (Advancing Justice) and also included Prof. Stephen Lee (UC Irvine), Karin Wang (Advancing Justice), Hussam Ayloush (CAIR), and Carlos Perea (Resilience OC).
Professor Lori Roberts’ article, “Brawling with the Consumer Review Site Bully,” has been published in the University of Cincinnati Law Review, at 84 U. Cin. 633 (2016). Professor Roberts’ article explores the seedy underbelly of crowd-sourced consumer review sites, examines the relationship between consumer review sites, reviewers, and the businesses being reviewed, and outlines the legal landscape for businesses brawling with the consumer review sites. The Article proposes a solution that includes enforcement of non-disparagement clauses in consumer contracts while acknowledging the critical importance of free speech and public debate, the policies behind anti-SLAPP laws, and the bad public policy of enabling businesses to offer inferior products and service while secretly tucking non-disparagement clauses into their terms of service.
On November 14, 2016, Professors Andrew Knapp and Jennifer Koh co-authored an amicus brief to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Szonyi v. Lynch, a case involving the immigration consequences of crime. The amicus brief addresses the application of the doctrines of Chevron deference, constitutional avoidance and void for vagueness to the Board of Immigration Appeals’ interpretation of a “single scheme of criminal misconduct.” The brief was submitted on behalf of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)’s Amicus Committee.
Professor Knapp is currently counsel to Respondent James Dimaya in Lynch v. Dimaya, a Supreme Court case that will be argued in early 2017 involving whether the definition of “crimes of violence” in the immigration context is unconstitutionally vague. Professor Koh has authored an article, forthcoming in the December 2016 volume of the Wisconsin Law Review, entitled “Crimmigration and the Void for Vagueness Doctrine,” which explores the void for vagueness doctrine in the context of crime-based removal statutes in more depth.
Staff Attorney Sabrina Rivera served as a panelist at the Immigration Attorney Panel held at Whittier Law School on November 7. The panel discussed careers and networking for law students within Immigration Law. Other participating firms included Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP; Law Offices of Maciel & Ayala, LLP; Law Office of Noreen Barcena; and My Advocate Group.
Professor Jennifer Koh was interviewed for Bloomberg BNA’s “Cases and Controversies” podcast. Episode 11 of the podcast, entitled “Immigration Evolution,” focused on two immigration cases before the United States Supreme Court this term–Jennings v. Rodriguez and Lynch v. Morales-Santana–and the implications of those cases for traditional deference that the Court extends to Congress in the area of immigration. Other immigration law scholars featured in the podcast were Jason Cade (University of Georgia), Gabriel Chin (UC Davis), Kevin Johnson (UC Davis), Nancy Morawetz (NYU), and Hiroshi Motomura (UCLA).