Tuesday, March 25, 2014
On April 4, 2014, The Scholar: St. Mary's Law Review on Race and Social Justice is hosting its Immigration Symposium 2014 titled, "Changing the Guard: Empowering Advocacy Through Education," at the Plaza Club in downtown San Antonio, Texas. I will be presenting a paper at this symposium, "Effective Plea Bargains for Noncitizens" The Supreme Court's decision in Padilla v. Kentucky, 559 U.S. 356 (2010), held defense attorneys must advise non-citizen clients about the deportation consequences associated with the noncitizen defendant's guilty plea. The paper addresses how this case and cases that followed have affected the plea bargain process in state and federal courts when the defendant is not a citizen. The other presentations are:
- Michelle Garza & Eric Tijerina–“Plight of Unaccompanied Minors Navigating the Immigration Court System and Forms of Relief for Them;”
- Joseph DeMott –“Basics of Immigration Law—Lessons Learned From 38 Years in the Trenches;”
- Angelica Jimenez & Laura Figueroa –“The Slow Yet Long Anticipated Death of DOMA;”
- Adriana Pinon –“Practicing Law in the ‘Constitution-Free Zone’: The Suspension of the Bill of Rights at America’s Borders;”
- Hon. Anibal Martinez & Hon. Craig Harlow –Federal Judicial Panel about Judicial Preferences "Viewing the Front Line from the Bench: What Judges Want Lawyers & Advocates to Know;"
- Jodi Goodwin –“Vacating In Absentia Orders via Motions to Reopen;”
- Roberto & Claudia Balli –“Sentencing Advocacy for Immigrants in Federal Court;” and
- Anne Olrich –“From Consultation to Contract.”
I am very honored to be included in this symposium.