Immigration Clinic Receives Community Justice Award by Resilience OC

On February 8, the Western State College of Law Immigration Clinic, led by Professor Jennifer Koh and Sabrina Rivera, was presented with the Community Justice Award by Resilience OC, in recognition of its efforts to help safeguard the due process rights of Santa Ana and Orange County residents.

Resilience is a grassroots, nonprofit organization that has collaborated with the Clinic on immigration advocacy, community outreach and social justice campaigns in Orange County.

 

 

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Elizabeth Jones Publishes on Immigration Checkpoints and the Fourth Amendment

Professor Elizabeth Jones has published “Possible Problems at the San Clemente Checkpoint” in the Virginia Journal of Criminal Law, 6 Va. J. Crim. L. 43 (2018).  The Article addresses the interplay between the U.S. Supreme Court law governing the immigration checkpoint program and the new, ever-shifting challenges facing the Border Patrol in administering these checkpoints. It examines recent cases originating from vehicle stops at the San Clemente checkpoint, and queries whether the government has been conducting pretextual stops at this checkpoint, and at others in the southwest border zone, to further a larger, arguably unlawful, agenda.

 

Jennifer Koh’s Scholarship Cited in Published Decision by Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

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)).

Jennifer Koh Moderates Panel at Association of American Law Schools Annual Conference 

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).

Jennifer Koh Speaks on Impact of Immigration Enforcement in Higher Education

On December 2, Professor Jennifer Koh spoke on a panel  entitled, “The Impact of Immigration Enforcement on Higher Education” during a plenary session of the Higher Education Labor-Management Conference.  The conference took place at California State University Long Beach, and was organized by the National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education and the Professions at Hunter College. Professor Koh’s comments focused on the potential benefits and limitations of sanctuary campuses and trends in immigration enforcement, particularly as they relate to university students.

 

Jennifer Koh Speaks at Family Violence Conference, Democratic Club

Jennifer Koh Speaks at Orange County Family Violence Conference

On November 3, Professor Jennifer Koh spoke at a panel entitled, “A Changing Landscape:  Immigrant Survivors of Family Violence in 2017,” at the Orange County Family Violence Conference. The panel was moderated by Prof. Wendy Seiden of Chapman’s Dale Fowler School of Law and attended by a number of social service providers from across Orange County.

Jennifer Koh Delivers Comments on Immigration Reform to Laguna Woods Democratic Club

On November 8, Professor Jennifer Koh was the featured speaker at the Laguna Woods Democratic Club’s monthly meeting.  She spoke on “Immigration and the Need for Humane Reform.”

 

Jennifer Koh Trains Colorado-Area Immigration Attorneys 

On October 13, Professor Jennifer Koh spoke on a panel at the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s Rocky Mountain Conference on Crimmigration in Denver, Colorado at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. The panel focused on legal strategies to defend against expedited removal and reinstatement of removal, two forms of removal used by the Department of Homeland Security to deport immigrants without providing immigration court hearings.