Neil Pedersen Presents at WSCL, Chapman Law School

Adjunct Professor Neil Pedersen presented his annual “Hit the Floor Running” at Western State on January 12.  Part of a CLE program organized by Pam Davidson, Professor Pedersen’s program provided guidance for young attorneys on topics such as problem identification and problem solving, the written and spoken word, time management, professional conduct and ethics, and business development.  Professor Pedersen also presented Surviving and Thriving in the Practice of Law at the Orange County Bar Association’s Last Dash MCLE event, held at Chapman Law School the same day.  Much of the content from both presentations came from the curriculum of the Law Practice Management and Technology course co-taught by Professor Pedersen and Adjunct Professor Carolyn Dillinger.

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Jennifer Koh Featured on Podcast Hosted by Capital Center for Law & Policy at University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law

The CAP-Impact Podcast, a podcast hosted by the Capital Center for Law & Policy at the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law featured an interview with Professor Jennifer Koh in a recent episode.  Entitled “Immigration Law & Reform with Professor Jennifer Koh,” the podcast discusses her “work at the intersection of immigration law and criminal law, her new nonprofit project – the Orange County Justice Fund –and being cited in a Supreme Court ruling by the Notorious RBG.”  The podcast was released on January 17, 2019 and is available on Apple PodcastsiTunesStitcher Radio and most other podcast downloading sites.

Carolyn Dillinger Moderates Panel at SMB TechFest

On October 18, adjunct professor Carolyn Dillinger moderated the law panel, “Safeguard Your Technology & Business” at SMB TechFest at the Business Expo in Anaheim. Professor Dillinger organized the panel, which included WSCL alumnus Karima Gulick, to discuss the correct categorization of independent contractors and employees post Dynamex Operations West Inc. v. Superior Court, and tax implications of 26 U.S. Code ⸹ 1202 small business stock for eligible C corporations planning to grow and sell in at least five years. The audience consisted of about 200 technology company owners and staff, including online viewers.

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Cheyanna Jaffke Presents at AB1058 Child Support Training Conference

On November 14, Professor Cheyanna Jaffke and her research assistant, Brandon Swinford, presented at the 22nd annual AB1058 child support training conference put on by the Judicial Council of California, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel of Orange County.  Their presentation with WSCL Alum Diana Renteria was titled, “Where is the money? An exploration of the 2019 Federal Income Tax Laws and the Practical Application in Support Calculations.”   Professor Jaffke and Brandon were responsible for providing the nearly 150 attendees with an update on the federal income tax laws.

Jennifer Koh Publishes in Washington University Law Review

Professor Jennifer Koh has published, When Shadow Removals Collide:  Searching for Solutions to the Legal Black Holes Created by Expedited Removal and Reinstatement, 96 Wash. U. L. Rev. 337 (2018).  The Article explores two of the most common forms of shadow removals (i.e., removals that bypass the immigration courts), expedited removal and reinstatement of removal, and the collision of the two. The Article traces the operation of the two removal processes, both independently and in combination with each other. It emphasizes the harsh statutory bars on judicial and habeas review, and the resulting inability of the federal judiciary to ameliorate the harshness of removal in this context. The Article then suggests that the use of reinstatement based on prior expedited removal orders fails the basic administrative law requirement that federal agencies demonstrate reasoned decision-making and avoid arbitrary or capricious action. Relying on the Supreme Court’s decision in Judulang v. Holder, which applied arbitrary and capricious review in the deportation context, the Article encourages courts to more closely scrutinize the use of reinstatement based on expedited removal.

Sabrina Rivera and Jennifer Koh Speak on Panel at Western Law Professors of Color/Conference of Asian Pacific American Law Faculty Conference

On October 20, Professors Jennifer Koh and Sabrina Rivera spoke on a panel entitled, “Immigration Enforcement and the Rule of Law” at the Western Law Professors of Color/Conference of Asian Pacific American Law Faculty Conference at the UNLV Boyd School of Law.  Professor Rivera shared her insights on immigration enforcement gained as a result of visiting immigrant detainees as the Theo Lacy Jail in Orange, California as well as her experience representing an individual with a viable claim to U.S. citizenship who had been detained by federal immigration authorities at that facility.  Professor Koh shared her recent law review article, When Shadow Removals Collide:  Searching for Solutions to the Legal Black Holes Created by Expedited Removal and Reinstatement, 96 Wash. U. L. Rev. 337 (2018), which examines the legal regimes governing expedited removal and reinstatement, and argues for the federal courts to use arbitrary and capricious review to invalidate the use of reinstatement based on prior expedited removal orders.