Cruz interviewed on 'Horizon' on immigration lawsuit

July 9, 2010

Evelyn">">E... Cruz, clinical professor of law and director of the Immigration Law & Policy Clinic, appeared on the July 7 broadcast of Horizon on Eight, Arizona’s PBS station, to discuss the federal lawsuit over Arizona’s new immigration law.

Cruz told host Ted Simons that the law “is dangerous for the cohesiveness of the country.” Download Full Image

In response to Simons’ question about the claim by supporters of SB 1070 that Arizona is only doing what the federal government has failed to do, Cruz said that a state cannot enact a law for a political agenda, that it must show some legal right to do so.

A state cannot act in a way that interferes with efforts of the federal government, she said.

See the broadcast here.


Cruz teaches Immigration Law and Comprehensive Law Practice, and she directs the clinic, which represents unaccompanied minors in immigration removal proceedings and received the 2007 President’s Medal for Social Embeddedness at ASU. She writes articles about immigration law, clinical education and therapeutic jurisprudence, and has co-authored several immigration law manuals used by immigration practitioners and pro-se detainees at Immigration Detention Centers throughout the country. Her latest paper, “Competent Voices: Noncitizen Defendants and the Right to Know the Immigration Consequences of Plea Agreements” discusses the Sixth Amendment’s right to effective assistance of counsel in relation to the criminal prosecution of undocumented workers arrested at the 2009 Postville, Iowa, immigration raids and the pending Supreme Court case Padilla v. Kentucky.

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Hammond pens article for 'Judicature'

July 9, 2010

A national report about the future of the forensic sciences in the United States “never got off the ground,” according to an article written in Judicature by Phoenix attorney Larry Hammond, who has been an adjunct professor at the College of Law.

Hammond’s Viewpoint article in the May-June issue, titled “The failure of forensic science reform in Arizona,” indicates he thought the state would be among the first to embrace the lessons of the report issued by the National Academy of Sciences in February 2009. Download Full Image

The National Institute of Justice had previously awarded a large grant to the state for a search of all homicide and sexual assault convictions that pre-dated DNA testing and might result in innocence today. The College of Law was among the first to host a national conference, attended by dozens of prominent experts in April 2009, to discuss the report and determine a path forward for its recommendations. The Arizona Supreme Court was asked to create a commission to address the need for improvements of criminal cases in Arizona, but it declined to do so, Hammond wrote.

“Our experience in Arizona persuades me that piecemeal, local, and partial solutions will not produce the changes that seem so necessary to those who participated in the National Academy of Science’s work,” wrote Hammond, founder of the Arizona Justice Project. “We will not give up hope at home, but our daunting experience makes a convincing case for the need for leadership at the national level.”

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