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.
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.
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.
On April 30, Professors Jennifer Koh and Sabrina Rivera presented at a concurrent session at the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Conference on Clinical Legal Education in Chicago, IL. The annual AALS Clinical Conference is the largest gathering of clinical law professors in the nation. Their session was entitled, “Naming Our Core Values When Teaching and Lawyering in a Time of Crisis,” which explored how clinical legal teaching has been challenged and reinvented during the current period of political turmoil. They delivered the session with co-panelists Professors Kristina Campbell (University of District Columbia) and Katherine Evans (University of Idaho), and also planned the session with Professor Elizabeth Keyes (University of Baltimore).
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.
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.