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News Posted on July 5, 2007

Professors Named to Senator Barack Obama's Immigration Policy Group

Professors of Law and Immigration Law Scholars Jennifer Chacón, Bill Ong Hing, and Kevin Johnson have been named to Presidential Candidate and U.S. Senator Barack Obama's Immigration Policy Group. They will assist in formulating immigration law and policy positions for the Obama campaign.

Specialists in immigration law, Professors Chacón, Hing, and Johnson are the editors of ImmigrationProf Blog, a website that focuses on immigration and provides regularly updated permanent resources and links and daily news and information of interest to law professors in their scholarship and teaching. The site is included in the U.S. Library of Congress historic collections of Internet materials related to Legal Blogs.

Chacón, acting professor of law at UC Davis School of Law, teaches Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, and Immigration Law. Her research interests center upon the nexus of criminal law and procedure and more general issues of citizenship. Commenting on her research, she says, "I hope to contribute to the scholarship that both examines and advances the quest to build more perfect democracies, protective of the rights of all people."

Hing, professor of law and Asian American studies at UC Davis, teaches immigration and Asian American history and directs the UC Davis School of Law Clinical Program, which includes the Immigration Law Clinic. Throughout his career, he has pursued social justice by combining community work, litigation, and scholarship. He is the author of numerous books and articles on immigration policy and race relations. Founder of the Immigrant Legal Resource Center in San Francisco, Hing is on the board of directors of the Asian Law Caucus and the Migration Policy Institute. He also serves on the National Advisory Council of the Asian American Justice Center. His latest book is Deporting Our Souls: Values, Morality, and Immigration Policy from Cambridge University Press.

Johnson is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Mabie-Apallas Professor of Public Interest Law and Chicana/o Studies at UC Davis School of Law. He has published extensively on immigration law and policy and civil rights. He has taught a wide array of classes at the School of Law, including Immigration Law, Latinos and Latinas and the Law, Refugee Law, and Critical Race Theory. Johnson serves as president of the board of directors of Legal Services of Northern California and on the board of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund. His latest book, Opening the Floodgates: Why America Needs to Rethink its Borders and Immigration Laws, is forthcoming in 2007 from New York University Press.NYU Press.