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232.9 sec. 1 - Crimmigration (Fall 2014)
"The Intersection of Criminal and Immigration Law"

Instructor: Raha Jorjani  
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Units: 2
Meeting Time: Tu 6:25-8:15
Meeting Location: 134

Course Start: August 26, 2014
Course Control Number (Non-1Ls): 49619


Over the last two decades, understanding the immigration consequences of criminal convictions has become vital to lawyers practicing both immigration and/or criminal law. Severe immigration consequences, such as detention and deportation, have become increasingly tied to an individual’s criminal history. In 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a landmark decision (Padilla v. Kentucky) recognizing the way in which “deportation is intimately related to the criminal process” and requiring defense counsel to affirmatively advise noncitizen defendants of the immigration consequences of convictions. Today, the term “crimmigration” is frequently used to refer to the convergence of immigration and criminal law. This class will provide law students with an understanding of the immigration consequences faced by noncitizens convicted of crimes, and will teach students how to legally analyze immigration consequences under Supreme Court, Circuit Court, and Agency precedent by applying what is known as the Categorical and Modified Categorical Approach.




Raha Jorjani recently began serving as the Immigration Defense Attorney for the Alameda County Office of the Public Defender, where she is directing California's first county public defender immigration representation project. Before joining the Public Defender's Office full-time, Ms. Jorjani served as a Clinical Professor in the Immigration Law Clinic of the UC Davis School of Law for 7 years. Since beginning her legal practice, she has defended immigrants from detention and deportation before the Immigration Courts, the Board of Immigration Appeals, and Federal Courts including the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Jorjani regularly trains members of the immigration and defense bar on immigration consequences of criminal convictions as well as on detention and deportation law. Her practice and scholarship focus on the intersection between Immigration and Criminal Law.

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Course Category: Criminal Law

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