September 5, 2017

Standing by Our DACA Dreamers – In response to today’s announcement phasing out Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), LMU and Loyola Law School have announced unequivocal support for our DACA students. What a difference a month makes. Less than a fortnight after the horrific racially-charged Charlottesville events, President Trump pardoned Sherriff Joe Arpaio, convicted of failing to obey a court order to stop racial profiling. And today’s announcement eliminating DACA came a mere ten days after that.

The phasing out of DACA is estimated to impact upwards of 1,000,000 Dreamers, including many in California. Condemnation for President Trump’s announcement came quickly from both Republicans and Democrats alike. Within hours of the official announcement, Senators Durbin and Graham called for the passage of a “Dream Act” to trump today’s action. Others called the announcement to phase out DACA as a thinly veiled attempt to obtain leverage for funding for Trump’s proposed border wall. California House Representative Eric Swalwell, who represents Alameda County, is reported to have voiced his rejection of that idea by tweeting: “I will not give you a pass to be a slight racist on Monday so you can be fully racist on Tuesday.”

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Keep the Dream, Dreamers!  We’re With You!!!

This week’s Weekly Round-Up written by Professor Maureen Johnson.

August 29, 2017

Congrats for making it through your first week back! If you need a break, check out the Luminarias de la Ley Exhibit in Burns lounge. It’s an inspirational exhibit that tracks the history of Latina attorneys in the United States. It’s on display at Loyola through August 30, 2017, so go now! 

Kudos to the Juvenile Innocence & Fair Sentencing Clinic (JIFS) for the many appellate victories they already have earned this year. Notably, one of the cases handled by the JIFS was granted review by the California Supreme Court! Volunteering for the JIFS is a great way for students to write briefs and engage in oral arguments, while being assisted and supervised by Loyola faculty, including Professors Sean Kennedy and Chris Hawthorne, and staff attorneys Susan Harbart and Efty Sharony. It’s a great way to get involved and hone your legal writing and adversarial skills.

On a national note, protestors are on a 10-day trek from Charlottesville to Washington D.C. to deliver a message of love and anti-racism. Through we may not be able to be with them person, we can be with them in spirit. Similarly, let’s all send our best thoughts and prayers to all those in Texas and Louisiana affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Happy Labor Day!  

This week’s Weekly Round-Up written by Professor Maureen Johnson.