AUWCL Hosts Rapid Response Teach-In on Immigration Ban Executive Order
On Jan. 30, nine American University Washington College of Law faculty members participated in a live “teach-in” event at the law school to discuss the recent immigration executive orders signed by President Trump, and their immediate and future impact. The faculty members – experts in constitutional, immigration, administrative, international law, and more – updated the community on what took place with the immigration/travel ban over the weekend and the constitutionality of the orders.
The teach-in, attended by more than 200 community members and watched by 400 more online, was organized in less than 24 hours. “We are a law school that believes in the rule of law,” said Assistant Dean Amy Tenney when opening in the event. “We are also a law school of immigrants, including our dean, our vice dean, and our dean emeritus.”
The faculty panelists were Professors Amanda Frost, Anita Sinha, William Yeomans, Ira Robbins, Andrew Popper, Sunita Patel, Robert Goldman, and Mark Niles. Dean Tenney served as the moderator. They addressed everything from the execution of the executive order, to the resulting lack of access to attorneys for those being held at airports, to the new pressures being put on cities that have declared themselves sanctuary cities.
“Part of the order states that they will take away resources from cities that are sanctuary cities,” said Professor Sunita Patel who teaches in the Civil Advocacy Clinic. “We will see cities resist or not based on what kinds of federal funds end up being threatened.”
The faculty stressed that students have options to have their voices, and legal work, contribute at this time. “The events from this weekend and all of these changes have invigorated protests and these actions set the stage for legal actions,” Patel said. “This is the moment to think about how to get involved. The legal and non-legal works supports each other. You are in law school at an important moment, so think about how you will use your skills both now and after graduation.”
Watch the full video of the panel below.
D.C. Council Incorporates Immigrant Justice Clinic Students' Testimony Into Anti-Notario Fraud LegislationJanuary 30, 2017
The 16 student attorneys in the Immigrant Justice Clinic (IJC) at American University Washington College of Law are busy representing immigrants in individual cases and advocating for legislation and policies to improve their lives. This month, four IJC students got to see their hard work pay off after D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser signed into law the D.C. Immigration Services Protection Act (ISPA) (also known as the notario fraud statute or the Omnibus Public Safety and Justice Amendment Act of 2016).
January 23, 2017
Students enrolled in Professor Sunita Patel’s Migrants in the Criminal Justice System course lined up at 4:00 am last week to attend the historic U.S. Supreme Court argument in Abassi v. Ashcroft. The case challenged conditions of confinement following the post 9/11 round-ups and detentions of South Asian and Arab Muslim men.
Two American University Washington College of Law Alumnae Selected as Immigrant Justice Corps FellowsAugust 18, 2016
Two American University Washington College of Law alumnae have been named to the third class of Immigrant Justice Corps (IJC) Fellows, the country’s first fellowship program dedicated to meeting the need for high-quality legal assistance for immigrants seeking citizenship and fighting deportation.