Professor Jennifer Koh has published an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times, which discusses the rise of deportations without court hearings. She co-authored with Professor Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia, law professor at Penn State Dickinson School of Law. As they write, “Many Americans were outraged by President Trump’s recent tweet saying that people seeking to enter the United States should be deported ‘with no Judges or Court Cases.’ But the practice of deporting immigrants without seeing a courtroom is already the rule, not an exception. In the last eight years, more than half of people removed from the United States had no day in court; in 2015 and 2016, that number reached 85% of all removals….We hope the rest of the country can see that the right path forward is greater due process, not less.”
Professors Andrew Knapp, Jennifer Koh, and Daniel Sharp all served as speakers at the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Annual Conference in San Francisco, which took place from June 13-16. Their panels addressed preserving due process protections in immigration court (Professor Knapp), evidentiary objections in immigration court (Professor Koh), and management and leadership skills for immigration attorneys (Professor Sharp). The AILA Annual Conference is the largest immigration law gathering of its kind in the country, and each year brings together thousands of immigration law practitioners, leading law experts, government officials, and other legal professionals from around the United States and the world.
Professor Neil Gotanda received the Haywood Burns & Shanara Gilbert Award for Outstanding Activist-Teacher-Scholar at the 2018 Joint Conference of the Northeast People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference (NEPOC) and the Conference of Asian Pacific American Law Faculty (CAPALF). The award is named for Professor and Dean Haywood Burns (CUNY Law School’s second Dean) and Professor Shanara Gilbert (founder and co-director of CUNY Law School’s Defender clinic) who were deeply committed to human rights and the struggle against racism and economic and social injustice. The Joint Conference was held on May 31 at Albany Law School, Albany, New York.
On June 7, Clinic Staff Attorney Sabrina Rivera spoke at the 2018 Pacific Coast Association of Pre-Law Advisors Conference at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law. She presented at the plenary session entitled “DACA Updates and Advising Considerations.” The session was attended by over 100 pre-law advisors from schools located in Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington.
On June 5, Professor Jennifer Koh spoke at a joint meeting of the International Law and Immigration Law Sections of the Orange County Bar Association on U.S. asylum and refugee law. She presented on the topic with Professor Marisa Cianciarulo, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Chapman University’s Dale Fowler School of Law.
On June 6, Professor Koh conducted a 3-hour training entitled, “Crimmigration Law and Deportation Defense,” which was attended by over 60 immigration lawyers, criminal defense lawyers, community advocates and summer law interns. Her co-presenters were Annie Lai, Clinical Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Immigrants’ Rights Clinic at UC Irvine School of Law and Monica Glicken, Lead Immigration Attorney at the Public Law Center. The training took place at Western State College of Law, and was co-sponsored by the Western State College of Law Immigration Clinic, UC Irvine School of Law Immigrants’ Rights Clinic, Public Law Center, Orange County Justice Fund, and Orange County Rapid Response Network.
The WSCL Law Review named Professor Philip L. Merkel as recipient of its Distinguished Faculty Member Award for the 2017-2018 academic year. It also presented Adjunct Professor Neil Pedersen with its Distinguished Alumni Member Award. The presentations were made at the Law Review’s Awards Banquet, held on April 27 at the Doubletree Hotel in Irvine. Many Law Review alumni as well as current members attended the event.
From May 24-May 26, Professor Jennifer Koh participated in the Immigration Law Scholars and Teachers Workshop held at the Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law in Philadelphia, PA. As a member of the conference planning committee, she co-organized a portion of the workshop devoted to clinical teaching and advocacy, along with Professor Jennifer J. Lee of Temple Law School. Professor Koh also served as a commentator for a works-in-progress session for law faculty presenting draft papers. Additionally, she presented a draft of her forthcoming article, “When Shadow Removals Collide: Searching for Solutions to the Legal Black Holes Created by Expedited Removal and Reinstatement,” which will be published in the Washington University Law Review later this year.