Thursday, April 16, 2015

          HAP Students Argue Police Evasion Case at Ninth Circuit

          3Ls Gregory Michael and Dorothy Yamamoto argued their pro bono case, Medina Nunez v. Holder.
          Sample alt tag.
          Professor Stephen Tollafield '02, at left, with Dorothy Yamamoto, Gregory Michael and HAP Director Gary Watt '97.

          On April 13, 2015, Hastings Appellate Project 3Ls Gregory Michael and Dorothy Yamamoto appeared at the Ninth Circuit to argue their pro bono case, Medina Nunez v. Holder, Case No. 14-70657. 

          Watch the Argument!

          Yamamoto delivered the argument before Ninth Circuit Judges Alex Kozinski and Susan Graber and visiting Massachusetts District Court Judge Michael Ponsor.

          The case presents the novel issue of whether California’s crime of reckless evasion of a police officer is categorically a crime involving moral turpitude for purposes of federal immigration proceedings.  The client, a lawful permanent resident of the U.S., was convicted of evading a police officer when he continued to drive to his home after officers evidently tried to stop him for having a cracked windshield.  At the appellate oral argument, Yamamoto emphasized the relevant California statute’s unusual and non-traditional statutory definition of “willful and wanton disregard,” which did not require the jury to find the kind of “evil intent” that would justify removing the client from the country and his family under the federal Immigration and Nationality Act. 


          Click to Tweet: Law students argue Medina Nunez v. Holder at Ninth Circuit http://ctt.ec/GY837+ via @uchastingslaw #sf


          Hastings Appellate Project students are supervised by Gary Watt ‘97, Director of HAP and a partner and appellate specialist with Archer Norris, and Stephen Tollafield ’02, Associate Director of the UC Hastings Legal Writing and Moot Court Department. Now in its sixth year, HAP students provide pro bono appellate representation to indigent litigants who face sophisticated and novel legal issues that impact underrepresented and low-income communities across the country. 

          The case is currently submitted for decision by the court. Stay tuned for updates.

          ###

          Go to News Archive

          Share this Story

          Share via Facebook
          Share via TwitterShare via EmailPrint Friendly Version

          Other Recent Stories/ RSS

          Wednesday, November 22, 2017

          Interested in startup law and legal tech? New student org Tech x UCH has you covered.

          2Ls Xia Hwang and Edgar Vargas cofounded Tech x UCH to help educate fellow students about opportunities to learn about startup law at UC Hastings and bring panels of attorneys and early-stage startup founders to campus to discuss career opportunities.
          Monday, November 20, 2017

          Professor Carol Izumi receives 2018 William Pincus Award for Outstanding Service and Commitment to Clinical Legal Education from the Association of American Law Schools (AALS)

          “Recipients are giants in the field and Carol belongs in their midst,” says Associate Dean Ascanio Piomelli.
          Friday, November 17, 2017

          Exciting New Spring 2018 Courses Focus on the Future

          Grabbing from the headlines and emphasizing innovation, courses like Legal Tech Startups, Advanced Immigration Law, and Stalking and Law will prepare UC Hastings students for next-level legal careers.
          Tuesday, November 14, 2017

          Port pilot John Betz ’96 discusses his non-legal career and the importance of education

          A tragic “Deadliest Catch” moment piqued a lifelong interest in the law and encouraged John to pursue a law degree at UC Hastings.
          Friday, November 03, 2017

          Thinkers & Doers: October 2017

          100 Things Warriors Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die -- Alum appointed Chargé d’Affaires -- The poisonous dynamic over who’s to blame for racism -- Prof. Williams on the Harvey Weinstein Effect -- Two More UC Hastings Grads Receive Judgeships from Gov. Brown -- Jury selection in the Steinle case -- and much more
          Go to News Archive