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).
Western State Immigration Clinic Staff Attorney, Sabrina Rivera, presented at the 36th Annual Law Day Conference, hosted by the Constitutional Rights Foundation Orange County, to discuss the history of immigration laws and policy. The March 5th event marked the first time in its history that the Conference hosted a panel on immigration laws and policy. The Conference brought together almost 500 Orange County high school students, teachers, judges and attorneys to discuss legal and social issues including immigration policy, freedom of speech on college campuses, rights of the accused on college campuses, and juvenile law.
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.
Immigration Clinic Staff Attorney Sabrina Rivera was a panelist at the Latin American Cinemateca of Los Angeles (LACLA)’s 30th anniversary celebration of Cheech Marin’s directorial debut of Born in East LA, hosted at the Mexican Consulate in Los Angeles, on November 10. The panel discussion addressed current immigration policies, mass incarceration and deportation, and how the arts can be used to create social change. Other participants included Mark Torres, co-host of the radio show, Travel Tips from Aztlan; Marissa Montes, Co-Director of Loyola Law School’s Immigration Justice Clinic; Oscar Torres, co-writer of Innocent Voices, a film about El Salvador’s civil war in the 1980s told through the eyes of an 11-year-old boy; and, Lena Khan, director of The Tiger Hunter, a comedy loosely based on her father’s experience emigrating from India to the United States in the 1970s. Over 100 LACLA students were in attendance.
On September 19, Professors Jennifer Koh and Sabrina Rivera, and Western State student Nathalie Cedeno, were recognized by the Santa Ana City Council for their efforts – along with a coalition of other attorneys and advocates – to support the City’s efforts to establish an Immigration Legal Defense Fund. Earlier this year, the Santa Ana City Council allocated $65,000 towards the creation of a legal defense fund that will support efforts to provide legal services to Santa Ana residents facing deportation, the first of its kind in Orange County. The recognition was presented at the city council meeting by Councilmember Vincent Sarmiento.
Immigration Clinic Staff Attorney Sabrina Rivera recently presented at the Hispanic National Bar Association’s (HNBA) Annual Convention in Kansas City, Missouri, attended by more than 700 attorneys and legal professionals. She served as a panelist in a seminar entitled, “Stand Up, Fight Back! Advocating for Vulnerable Immigrant Populations Through Community Lawyering Under the Trump Administration,” which addressed the current administration’s executive orders and immigration enforcement priorities, community lawyering principles, and advocacy tactics for vulnerable immigrant populations. HNBA is the largest national association of Latino legal professionals, comprised of lawyers, law professors, students, legal professionals, state and federal judges, legislators, and bar affiliates operating across the country.
Immigration Clinic Staff Attorney Sabrina Rivera delivered the keynote address for California State University Dominguez Hills’ Fourth Annual Freshman Convocation on Friday, August 25 to over 1300 incoming college students, addressing the importance of strategically navigating their academic careers and involvement in social justice careers. Other guest speakers included CSU Dominguez Hills President Willie J. Hagan, deans, administrators, faculty and alumni.