On March 12, Professor Jennifer Koh spoke at the Nootbaar Institute Conference at Pepperdine Law School. The theme of this year’s conference was “Doing Justice Without Doing Harm,” and Professor Koh’s talk was entitled, “Immigration Law and Policy Through the Lens of the Gospel and Grace.” Her comments were based on an essay she has written, “Agape Love, Grace and Immigration Law,” which is forthcoming in the book, AGAPE, JUSTICE AND LAW (Cambridge University Press, Robert Cochran and Zachary Calo, eds.)
Professor Monica Todd led her team to the quarter finals at the National Child Welfare and Adoption Law Moot Court Competition in Columbus, Ohio, held March 11-12 in the Ohio Statehouse and the Ohio Supreme Court. Students Brittney Rodriguez and Andrew Mckeown competed against 26 teams from law schools across the country, with Andrew being named a Top 10 oralist.
The Western State College of Law Student Bar Association has recognized Professors Kevin Mohr, Elizabeth Jones, and Cheyanna Jaffke as the 2015-16 “Professor of the Year” for the 1L, 2L and 3L classes, respectively, and Sarah Eggleston was recognized as “Librarian of the Year.” The awards were received at the law school’s annual Barrister’s Ball, held on March 5, 2016 at the Hotel Irvine.
On March 2, Professors Jennifer Koh and Sabrina Rivera conducted a training for the juvenile delinquency and dependency units of the Orange County Public Defender’s Office on immigration law options for children. Immigration Clinic students Elizabeth Fernandez, Briahna Chuvac and Alfred Napoles also attended the training, which addressed the obligations of public defenders to advise noncitizen clients on immigration law consequences of juvenile adjudications, as well as immigration law remedies potentially available for immigrant youth.
On March 1, the Western State College of Law Immigration Clinic the Orange County Bar Association (OCBA) Immigration Section, and OCBA Lawyer Referral and Information Service (LRIS) Committee hosted a community forum to discuss the immigration law needs of low-income Orange County residents. Professor Jennifer Koh moderated the forum along with attorney Brian Bayati (Law Offices of Brian Bayati), who chairs the OCBA’s LRIS Committee. Community leaders and immigration lawyers from across Orange County attended the forum and participated in a robust discussion about immigration law, lawyers, and the needs of immigrant communities.