Tuesday, February 20, 2018

UCI Law Position Opening: Visiting Clinical Professor, Immigrant Rights Clinic



THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA IRVINE SCHOOL OF LAW invites applications for a full-time Visiting Clinical Professor to co-teach in the Immigrant Rights Clinic (IRC) for the 2018-2019 academic year. The Immigrant Rights Clinic is a one-semester, six credit course in which students provide direct representation to individual and group clients on matters ranging from bond representation, complex removal defense and post-conviction advocacy to combatting workplace exploitation and protecting the civil and constitutional rights of immigrants. IRC also provides legal support to grassroots organizations on policy initiatives and campaigns. IRC acts in accordance with the foundational insight that the community is best served when lawyers can help empower individuals and marginalized groups to advocate for themselves. It models high quality, holistic and transformative lawyering.


Founded just nine years ago, the UC Irvine School of Law is a visionary new law school focused on training talented and passionate lawyers and driven by professional excellence, intellectual rigor, and a commitment to enrich our communities through public service. In keeping with this mission, the Law School has a dynamic and innovative clinical program. The cornerstone of the clinical program is a core clinical course required of every student. Students may enroll in their core clinic for additional semesters. In the six years since the creation of the first core clinics, the number has grown from three to the current eight: Appellate Litigation; Community and Economic Development; Criminal Justice; Domestic Violence; Environmental Law; Immigrant Rights; Intellectual Property, Arts, and Technology; and International Justice.  Each core clinic is taught by one or more full-time faculty and one or more adjunct faculty. The Law School also currently has six elective clinics in the areas of Fair Employment and Housing; Civil Rights Litigation; Cyber Victims Defense; International Human Rights; Reproductive Justice; and Startup and Small Business.


The UC Irvine School of Law is the newest public law school in California in nearly 50 years and currently is ranked 28th nationally by U.S. News & World Report. The clinical training program is ranked 15th.  The School of Law also ranks in the top 14 for student diversity and is tied with Yale at 3rd for best student/faculty ratio. The School of Law aims to prepare students for the practice of law at the highest levels of the profession, combining the best of a large and renowned academic institution with a collegial, supportive and friendly environment. For more information, visit www.law.uci.edu.

Applicants for this position should have at least 7-10 years of legal practice and/or teaching experience in Immigrant Rights. They must hold a J.D. degree or equivalent from an accredited institution and be a member of a state bar. In addition, they must have demonstrated potential for outstanding clinical teaching. Spanish proficiency is helpful, though not required. The person selected will be appointed as a Visiting Clinical Professor or Visiting Assistant Clinical Professor, depending on experience.  Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. 

Inquiries regarding this position should be directed to Professor Carrie Hempel, Associate Dean for Clinical Education and Service Learning at UC Irvine School of Law: chempel@law.uci.edu.


Candidates who wish to be considered for the position should send a cover letter and updated CV, a list of references and a statement of past and/or potential contributions to diversity (see UCI's Commitment to Inclusive Excellence) by e-mail to mdeyoung@law.uci.edu.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. To ensure full consideration, applications and supporting material should be received by March 5, 2018. 

The University of California Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy. A recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity, UCI is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, supports work-life balance through an array of family-friendly policies, and is dedicated to broadening participation in higher education.


February 20, 2018 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Supreme Court Fails to Grant Cert in DACA Case -- For Now


Amy Howe on SCOTUSBlog failed to grant cert in the DACA case today (in which the district court granted an injunction barring the rescission of the program) .  We will see whether the Court accepts review later in the month.


February 20, 2018 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Worries from the Heartland: Why Employers In Georgia Are Watching The Immigration Debate Closely


NPR reports on the concerns with the lack of skilled labor by employers in Dalton, Georgia, the home of many carpet manufacturers. in addition, President Trump's threats to deport large numbers of undocumented immigrants has employers worried as well, as many businesses have undocumented workers in key positions.


February 20, 2018 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, February 19, 2018

Immigrant of the Day: Giannis Antetokounmpo (Greece), professional basketball player


Giannis Antetokounmpo plays professional basketball for the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). In 2016–17, he led the Bucks in all five major statistical categories and became the first player in NBA history to finish a regular season in the top 20 in total points, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks. He is nicknamed the "Greek Freak."

Antetokounmpo was born in Athens, Greece on December 6, 1994, the son of immigrants from Nigeria. Three years earlier, his parents had moved from Lagos.  Even though Antetokounmpo and three of his four brothers were born in Greece, they did not automatically qualify to receive full Greek citizenship. For the first 18 years of his life, Antetokounmpo had no papers from Nigeria or Greece.

The New York Times reported: "Like many other immigrants to Greece, his parents struggled to find work. Antetokounmpo and his older brother, Thanasis, helped out by hawking items such as watches, bags and sunglasses." In 2007, Antetokounmpo started playing basketball and by 2009 was playing competitively for the youth squad of Filathlitikos.  Now he is an NBA star.

Antetokounmpo had a great game yesterday in a losing effort in the NBA All-Star Game.  




February 19, 2018 in Current Affairs, Sports | Permalink | Comments (0)

Happy Presidents' Day!

Lyle Denniston: The Supreme Court’s options on DACA


The Trump administration has asked for immediate review of a district court injunction of the rescission of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.  The Supreme Court has not announced a ruling on the request and time is running out for the 2017 Term, which ends in June.

Supreme Court guru Lyle Denniston on Constitution Daily (The Supreme Court’s options on DACA) looks at what might be going on at the Court and the Court's various options in the DACA case at this point.

Stay tuned!  


February 19, 2018 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0)

The 2018 Winter Olympics: An Immigrant Story



Immigration Impact tells the story of immigrants at the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Roughly 6 percent—or 178 Olympians—of all athletes in in this year’s games are competing for a country they weren’t born in. In fact, 12 countries are represented by athletes that are exclusively foreign-born, including Nigeria, Tonga, Bermuda, and Thailand. One of these athletes is Maame Biney, who immigrated to the United States from Ghana at age five. She is the first black woman on the U.S. Olympic speedskating team and has stunned viewers with her agility on the ice. 

Another early favorite on the American team, snowboarding gold medalist Chloe Kim, whose story we have relayed previously, has an immigrant background. Her father immigrated from South Korea in 1982, bringing only $300 and a Korean-English dictionary to the United States. He spoke little English and didn’t have a college degree, but wanted to pursue a better life for himself and ultimately his family. After winning her first gold medal on Monday, Kim acknowledged the hardship her father faced coming to the United States: “Leaving your life behind and chasing your dream because your kid is passionate about this sport. I think today I did it for my family, and I am so grateful to them.”

Ironically, many of the U.S. athletes—whom are either children of immigrants or immigrants themselves—would have likely been barred from entering the United States under the merit-based system proposed by President Trump. 

Here is more on immigrants in the Olympics.


February 19, 2018 in Current Affairs, Sports | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Immigration Law & Border Enforcement: A One Week Summer Program for Law Students

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Hofstra Law is once again offering its Immigration Law and Border Enforcement Program. This one-week 3-credit class for law students runs from Sunday May 20 to Sunday May 27, 2018.

It will be held in San Diego, California, and is co-sponsored by UC San Diego's Center for Comparative Immigration Studies.

The course is open to law students around the country. The course involves not just reading and lectures, but field trips to the border, a consulate, a shelter for deportees, a detention center, immigration court, a port of entry, and federal court. Students will have the opportunity to meet with CBP officers, ICE lawyers, Department of State consular officials, and EOIR judges, as well as immigration attorneys and advocates.

Please help spread the word about this course! Interested students should apply by March 16, 2018.


February 18, 2018 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0)

"The Free Movement of Labor" @ NYU Feb. 27, 11:15AM


Calling all NYC-area immprofs. If you're free on Tuesday, February 27, consider heading over to NYU's Greenberg Lounge in Vanderbilt Hall. The NYU Journal of Law & Liberty is holding a one day conference on Freedom versus Fairness: The Tension Between Free Market and Populist Ideals in Labor.

The first session is a non-immigration panel on "Janus and ‘Fair Share’ Fees," but the second session (starting at 11:15 a.m.) is about "The Free Movement of Labor." I'll be there along with immprof Lori A. Nessel as well as prawfs Ilya Somin and Michael LeRoy.

You can find details, and an RSVP link, here.


February 18, 2018 in Current Affairs, Law Review Articles & Essays | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, February 16, 2018

Professorial Health

Health, photo by GotCredit.com

Penn State professor of education-policy studies Katerina Bodovski has a truly remarkable article in The Chronicle of Higher Education: Why I Collapsed on the Job. Bodovski writes about how her "inhumane" workload left her bedridden for weeks after her body refused to recover from an infection.

I know this paragraph will ring true for many of our readers:

But the benefits of such freedom and flexibility in academe come at the cost of disappearing boundaries between work and life. We are so free to work whenever we want that many of us end up working all the time, not having full weekends and rarely taking off more than just a few days, despite popular perceptions to the contrary. We bring our work home or anywhere we go — on flights or long drives, to vacations or family reunions. We are constantly checking email, responding to colleagues and students. What Richard Swenson wrote about in his 2004 book, Margin, has become reality: We live our lives without a margin.

We have become, as Bodovski names it, "silent workaholics." And we all have to find a way to do better. Our health demands it.


P.S. Bonus fun-fact - Bodovski is an immigrant twice-over. She left Russia for Israel at 20, and later later pursued a Ph.D. in the United States. 

February 16, 2018 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Diversity Immigrants’ Regions and Countries of Origin: Fact Sheet

From the Congressional Research Service:

"In FY1995, foreign nationals from Europe garnered the most diversity visas (47%) and maintained a plurality share until FY2001. In the early 2000s, the number of DV immigrants from Africa was on par with those from Europe. But since 2006, Africa has maintained the largest proportion, garnering as much as 50% of diversity visas in FY2009, while Europe’s share fell to a low of 18% in FY2009 and FY2011. Meanwhile, the share of DV immigrants from Asia grew steadily over time, surpassing Europe’s share in FY2008 and remaining second to then. South America, Oceania, and North America combined accounted for less than 8% each year. In total, from FY1995-FY2016 immigrants from Africa accounted for 39% of DV immigrants, Europeans 31%, and Asians 24%.5 Africa sincethen. South America, Oceania, and North America combined accounted for less than 8% each year. In total, from FY1995-FY2016 immigrants from Africa accounted for 39% of DV immigrants, Europeans 31%, and Asians 24%." (emphasis added).


February 16, 2018 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0)

No News: Immigration Stalemate in Congress Continues


It is hard keeping up with what is going on in Congress in discussing immigration reform. 

of intense negotiations for a bipartisan deal on immigration collapsed in Congress on Thursday, leaving hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants facing possible deportation. The rejection of four proposals in the Senate, coupled with a lack of consensus in the House, underscored the immense political pressures on Republicans and Democrats alike.


February 16, 2018 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Happy Valentine's Day from Northeastern Law!

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Stefanie Gonzales and Ienna Dela Torre, two students in the new Immigrant Justice Clinic at Northeastern, gave their classmates Valentine's in celebration of Valentine's Day earlier this week.  Professors Rachel Rosenbloom and Hemanth Gundavaram co-direct the clinic.  By the way, Professor Jaya Ramji-Nogales (Temple) was visting that day.  

February 16, 2018 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Olympic Watch: Akwasi Frimpong

Photo by Akwasi Frimpong

Here's another fascinating immigration story from the Olympics in Pyeongchang. Akwasi Frimpong left Ghana for the Netherlands when he was just eight. He found tremendous success as a track athlete in his adopted country, but he wasn't able to compete internationally under a Dutch flag because, as it turned out, he was an irregular migrant.

In 2008, Frimpong finally received a Dutch passport and the freedom to compete on the international stage. But an injury meant that competition would not be on the field. Instead, Frimpong headed to the ice. He started as a bobsled brakeman and then found his way to the sport of skeleton.

At Pyeongchang, Frimpong is competing not as a Dutchman but as a Ghanaian. He told CNN: "I hope I can motivate kids in Ghana to chase their dreams."


February 15, 2018 in Current Affairs, Sports | Permalink | Comments (0)

Fourth Circuit Rejects Trump Travel Ban 3.0


The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, joining the Ninth Circuit, in an opinion by Chief Judge Roger Gregory, has invalidated the third iteration of President Trump's travel ban.   The injunction, however, is stayed pending Supreme Court review of the case.

Here is Peter Margulies' analysis of the decision on Lawfare.


February 15, 2018 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Immigration Article of the Day: Border Patrol Termination Rates: Discipline and Performance Problems Signal Need for Reform by Alex Nowrasteh


Border Patrol Termination Rates: Discipline and Performance Problems Signal Need for Reform by Alex Nowrasteh Cato Institute - Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity


The Trump administration wants to increase the size of the U.S. Border Patrol by hiring 5,000 more agents beyond the approximately 20,000 current agents, in addition to filling roughly 1,500 job vacancies. Congress will likely lower the hiring standards for some applicants to help reach the president’s staffing goals. Reports allege that corruption and misconduct are serious personnel problems at Border Patrol, but little direct evidence is available to evaluate the extent of such problems.

However, data from the Office of Personnel Management reveal that Border Patrol agents are more likely to be terminated for discipline or performance reasons than officers in other large federal law enforcement agencies (those with 5,000 or more officers). From 2006 to 2016, Border Patrol agents were twice as likely to be terminated for disciplinary infractions or poor performance as Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents and 49 percent more likely than Customs and Border Protection officers who work in the Office of Field Operations. Border Patrol agents were 54 percent more likely than guards at the Bureau of Prisons to be terminated for disciplinary infractions or poor performance, 6 times as likely as Federal Bureau of Investigation agents, 7.1 times as likely as Drug Enforcement Administration agents, and 12.9 times as likely as Secret Service agents.


February 15, 2018 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy Valentine's Day

It's not too late to present your loved one with a uniquely immprof-y valentine. Try these on for size:



I, for one, shared a Trump valentine with my class today.


February 14, 2018 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Children of U.S. Immigrants Make Olympic History

The children of immigrants to the United States have made the 2018 Winter Olympics most memorable.


A most magical and pivotal moment came with the performance of Mirai Nagasu.   Born in California, Nagasu's parents own Restaurant Kiyosuzu, a Japanese sushi restaurant in Arcadia. They are immigrants from Japan and were working at the restaurant while Mirai was making history.  .

In the span of one glorious eyeblink, Nagasu, who had been snubbed by U.S. skating officials for a spot on the 2014 Olympic team, poured all she had worked toward these past four years into the opening jump of her free skate on the final day of the team competition.

And when she landed solidly on one foot, after making 3½ rotations in the air, Nagasu made history, becoming the first American woman to land the high-risk triple axel in Olympic competition.




The Hill reports on another Olympic champion, another daughter of immigrants.  Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) held up Olympic snowboarding gold medalist Chloe Kim on Tuesday to argue against President Trump's call for a merit-based immigration system, saying that Kim's father would not have been allowed to come to the U.S. under the restrictions proposed by Trump. "Let's remember, Chloe Kim's story is the story of immigration in America," Durbin, the No. 2 Senate Democrat, said on Senate floor. "Chloe Kim's story is the story of people who come to these shores, determined to make a life." "They don't bring wealth. Many of them don't even bring proficiency in English. They certainly, in many cases, don't bring advanced degrees," he added. "They only come here with a determination to make a better life for themselves and a better country for all of us." Kim, 17, the daughter of South Korean immigrants, won her first gold medal at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.


February 14, 2018 in Current Affairs, Sports | Permalink | Comments (0)

Happy Valentine's Day: Times Square Celebrates Valentine’s Day 2017 With Immigration-Themed Heart Art


The Office for Creative Research, We Were Strangers Once Too" in Times Square. Justin Bettman for Times Square Arts.

Last year,Times Square Arts unveiled a project, We Were Strangers Once Too. The team responsible for the sculptural work was the Office for Creative Research (OCR).

From February 7 to March 5, 2017, visitors to midtown Manhattan could walk around the 33 pink and red columns that make up the work, each segment representing a different nationality of New York’s three million immigrants. 

If you face the artwork head on, the poles align, revealing the shape of a heart.

The artwork is the winner of the annual Times Square Valentine Heart Design Competition, determined by Times Square Arts and a number of arts professionals and city officials.

The piece “champions the value of diversity in the city, and specifically the city’s immigrant populations, new and old, at a time when they are increasingly under siege,” according to the project description.

“This is the ninth annual Valentine’s heart,” said Tim Tompkins, president of the Times Square Alliance, at the unveiling. “It’s particularly relevant that this year we are trying to send a message of love, rather than hate, love rather than fear, which seem to be the themes of the day in so many different ways.”

This year, a new winner -- "Window to the Heart" -- is on display.


February 14, 2018 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0)



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