On July 21, 2017, Professor Jennifer Koh co-authored an amicus brief on behalf of 35 immigration law professors and clinicians in Garcia-Martinez v. Sessions, No. 16-72940, arguing that the immigration law definition of a “crime involving moral turpitude” is unconstitutionally vague under the void for vagueness doctrine. The amicus brief drew upon arguments discussed in Professor Koh’s 2016 law review article, Crimmigration and the Void for Vagueness Doctrine, 2016 Wis. L. Rev. 1127. The brief was co-authored by Professor Kari Hong, an Assistant Professor at Boston College Law School.
On April 7, Professor Jennifer Koh participated in a panel entitled “Responses to Gender-Based Violence in the Trump Era,” which took place in connection with a conference on the Politicization of Safety sponsored by the UCI Initiative to End Family Violence. Her comments focused on the impact of current immigration enforcement policies on domestic violence in immigrant communities.
Staff Attorney Sabrina Rivera served as a panelist at the Immigration Attorney Panel held at Whittier Law School on November 7. The panel discussed careers and networking for law students within Immigration Law. Other participating firms included Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP; Law Offices of Maciel & Ayala, LLP; Law Office of Noreen Barcena; and My Advocate Group.
Professor Jennifer Koh was interviewed for Bloomberg BNA’s “Cases and Controversies” podcast. Episode 11 of the podcast, entitled “Immigration Evolution,” focused on two immigration cases before the United States Supreme Court this term–Jennings v. Rodriguez and Lynch v. Morales-Santana–and the implications of those cases for traditional deference that the Court extends to Congress in the area of immigration. Other immigration law scholars featured in the podcast were Jason Cade (University of Georgia), Gabriel Chin (UC Davis), Kevin Johnson (UC Davis), Nancy Morawetz (NYU), and Hiroshi Motomura (UCLA).
Professor Jennifer Lee Koh spoke at the Santa Barbara County Bar Association’s “Bench & Bar Conference” on Saturday, January 23, as part of a debate on immigration between her and former Executive Director of Californians for Population Stabilization, Ric Oberlink. The event, featuring the topic, “The State of Immigration Law and Efforts to
Reform and Enforce It,” was held at The Garden Street Academy, a K-12 independent school located in Santa Barbara.
Western State Immigration Clinic Staff Attorney Sabrina Rivera will be serving as the Chair of the Orange County Bar Association’s Immigration Law Section for the 2016 term. Last year, she served as Secretary-Treasurer for the section, and has organized numerous section meetings to address diverse immigration law topics relevant to the legal community. She will be serving the section along with section board members Belen Gomez (Law Offices of Belen Gomez, formerly with the Western State Immigration Clinic) and Karel Raba (Holborn Law, A Professional Corporation).
Professor Jennifer Koh has published, “Integrating Skills and Collaborating Across Law Schools: An Example from Immigration Law,” in the Nevada Law Journal. The essay, which she co-authored with Professor Anna Welch at the University of Maine School of Law, discusses the design and implementation of introductory Immigration Law courses taught by the authors at their respective law schools. Although the courses took place on opposite coasts and did not engage in a formal partnership that was visible to students, the authors deliberately planned the courses in close collaboration with one another behind the scenes. In doing so, the courses shared the explicit goal of increasing students’ exposure to practical lawyering skills while reinforcing students’ understanding of the substantive immigration laws. This Essay provides an example of the ways in which doctrinal courses across the law school curriculum can both deepen students’ understanding of substantive law while also exposing them to the realities of legal practice. The citation for the essay is 16 Nev. L. J. 147 (2015).