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School Notes: Yale Law School
November/December 2017

Heather K. Gerken |

New faculty books

New books by YLS faculty include The Internationalists: How a Radical Plan to Outlaw War Remade the World, by Professors Oona Hathaway ’97JD and Scott Shapiro ’90JD. The book offers a provocative history of those who fought to outlaw war and how an often-overlooked treaty signed in 1928 was among the most transformative events in modern history. Other recent releases by faculty include Hitler’s American Model by James Q. Whitman ’79, ’88JD, a detailed look at the American impact on the notorious Nuremberg Laws, the centerpiece anti-Jewish legislation of the Nazi regime; and Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America by James Forman Jr. ’92JD, which explores the complex relationship between race, class, and the American criminal justice system in a new and original light.

Clinic challenges DACA termination

Students from the Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic (WIRAC) appeared in a federal court in Brooklyn on September 14 to challenge the Trump Administration’s termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The clinic was the first in the nation to challenge the termination of DACA, in a lawsuit filed on behalf of a young immigrant New Yorker, Martin Batalla Vidal, and the organization Make the Road New York (MRNY). Students and faculty from WIRAC are co-counsel on the case with MRNY and the National Immigration Law Center. The case, filed in 2016, challenges the reach of the court decision in United States v. Texas that blocked Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents and the expansion of DACA from going into effect. Following the Trump Administration’s announcement to terminate the DACA program, WIRAC sought to amend the complaint to allow them to challenge this action. The court granted the plaintiffs’ request.

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