On January 23, Professor Kevin Mohr and Adjunct Professor Neil Pedersen joined with Western State alumna and former adjunct professor, Marla Merhab Robinson, to present a legal education program at the Orange County Bar Association (OCBA) offices on the Practical and Ethical Issues of Both the Unanticipated and Planned Closures of a Law Practice. The program was completely sold out, reflecting the importance of the topics addressed to a profession confronting the aging and retirement of the Baby Boomer generation. The program has been recorded so that lawyers unable to attend in-person can view and make use of the important guidance provided.
On January 10, Professor Jennifer Koh’s law review article, Removal in the Shadows of Immigration Court, 90 S. Cal. L. Rev. 181 (2017), was prominently cited in a published decision by Judge Paul Watford for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The case, Gomez-Velazco v. Sessions, involved a due process claim raised by a noncitizen who had been ordered deported pursuant to an administrative removal procedure under 8 U.S.C. 1228(b). The decision cited Professor Koh’s scholarship for the rise in streamlined removal proceedings that automatically deprive noncitizens of immigration court hearings, the critical role of lawyers in deportation matters, and the inherent complexity of removability determinations in immigration law. (The latter topic is also discussed in Professor Koh’s 2014 article, Rethinking Removability, 65 Fla. L. Rev. 1803 (2014)).
On January 6, Professor Jennifer Koh served as a moderator and speaker for a panel taking place at the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Annual Conference in San Diego, California. The panel, entitled “Immigration Adjudication in an Era of Mass Deportation,” was hosted by the AALS Section on Immigration Law, and examined–and critiqued–tools used by the federal government to effectuate policy goals related to mass deportation. Other speakers included Lucas Guttentag (Stanford Law School and Yale Law School), Kevin Johnson (UC Davis School of Law), Jason Cade (University of Georgia School of Law) and Nora Phillips (Al Otro Lado).