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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 is a Supervising Attorney and Lecturer in the UC Davis School of Law Immigration Law Clinic. She is on leave from the clinic for the Spring 2014 semester while she serves as a full-time attorney in the Alameda County Office of the Public Defender, heading the office's deportation defense project. 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. From October 2009 to December 2014, Jorjani served as In-House Immigration Counsel to the Alameda County Public Defender Office, creating a cutting-edge in-house immigration expert model that is one of the few of its kind being implemented in California. Jorjani’s practice and scholarship focus on the intersection between Immigration and Criminal Law.

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Course Category: Criminal Law

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