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Cruz serves on AALS panel

May 13, 2010

Evelyn Haydee Cruz, director of the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law's Immigration Law & Policy Clinic recently served as a panelist at the Association of American Law Schools' Conference on Clinical Legal Education.

The conference was held May 4-8 in Baltimore.

Cruz was a panelist for a mini-plenary session, "Lawyering and Language Minorities: Working with Bilingual/Multilingual Students." She was jointed by Troy Elder of Florida International University, Jayesh Rathod of American University and Kim Thuy Seelinger of the University of California, Hastings.

Cruz teaches Immigration Law and Comprehensive Law Practice, and directs the Immigration Clinic, which represents unaccompanied minors in immigration removal proceedings and received the 2007 President's Medal for Social Embeddedness at ASU. 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 . The article will appear in the Harvard Latino Law Review Spring 2010.

Judy Nichols,
(480) 727-7895
Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law