Monica Todd presented at the Rocky Mountain Legal Writing Conference at the University of Denver on March 24. Her presentation, “You cheated? When I specifically told you not to? Academic Dishonesty and Best Practices for Preventing It,” addressed the various ways in which law students cheat, as well as reasons and consequences for doing so for students, schools, and the profession. The importance of promoting integrity throughout the law school experience was proposed as a key solution for addressing the problem at its source. This presentation was inspired by the collaborative efforts of Professors Todd and Lori Roberts in their upcoming article on this topic.
On April 9, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a published decision involving crimes involving moral turpitude in the immigration context, in a case where Professor Jennifer Koh served as amicus counsel, along with Professor Kari Hong at Boston College Law School, on behalf of law professors and clinicians with expertise in immigration law or experience defending noncitizens in immigration proceedings. The case, Garcia-Martinez v. Sessions, involved the scope of theft crimes and the immigration law definition of a crime involving moral turpitude, and held that an expanded definition of crimes involving moral turpitude could not retroactively apply to certain theft crimes. Judge Ferdinand Fernandez wrote the opinion.
Professors Kevin Mohr, Elizabeth Jones, and Cheyanna Jaffke received awards as the 2017-2018 “Professor of the Year” for the 1L, 2L, and 3L classes, respectively. Sarah Eggleston was also recognized as the “Librarian of the Year.” The awards were bestowed by the Executive Board of the Western State Student Bar Association at the College of Law’s annual Barrister’s Ball, held on March 31 at the Disneyland Hotel.