Summer 2017


A Safeguard for Juveniles: A prize-winning paper by Hana Sahdev ’17 has called attention to the fact that safeguards meant to protect children are failing them by not preventing uncounseled confessions. Sahdev won the American Constitution Society’s 2017 Constance Baker Motley National Student Writing Competition for “Juvenile Miranda Waivers and Wrongful Convictions,” which she wrote for her Wrongful Convictions seminar. It is being published in the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law.

Recognition for a Mentor: “We were extremely impressed with the impact [Professor Alfred Yen] has had on the many colleagues, legal educators, and students he has mentored and supported,” said Rebecca K. Lee of Thomas Jefferson School of Law in honoring Yen with the 2016-2017 Professor Chris Kando Iijima Teacher and Mentor Award. “He has made many contributions to public service, teaching, and scholarship, including his service in co-founding and supporting the Conference of Asian Pacific American Law Faculty, and we are pleased to recognize his valuable work.” Yen is associate dean of faculty at BC Law.

Ninth Circuit Victory, Again: Students participating in BC Law’s Ninth Circuit Court Appellate Program have added yet another victory—the fifth of six cases argued in three years—in the California court. Most recently, Mary Pat Brogan ’16 and Shayna Sehayik ’16 prevailed when the Court remanded their case, Santos Sandoval v. Loretta E. Lynch, to the Board of Immigration Appeals to address for the first time whether a state court offense—domestic violence, in Sandoval’s case—is a crime involving moral turpitude. In the meantime, Sandoval was able to post a bond and was released from immigration detention. BC Law’s program will continue to represent him on remand.

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