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News Posted on February 1, 2010

Dean Johnson Gives Immigration Talk to Mexican Supreme Electoral Courts

Mexico Supreme CourtDean Kevin R. Johnson gave a major policy speech to the Mexican Supreme Electoral Courts on January 21.  Beth Greenwood, Executive Director of International Programs at the UC Davis School of Law, also addressed the audience about educational opportunities at the UC Davis School of Law and the potential for collaborative educational programs.

Dean Johnson's presentation, "Ten Guiding Principles:  U.S. Immigration Policy in the Future," dealt with current and future U.S. immigration policy.  His talk was broadcast to 120 Mexican Supreme Electoral Court judges and judicial clerks throughout Mexico. (Dean Johnson and Beth Greenwood were scheduled to fly to Mexico City to deliver their presentations, but the trip was canceled due to inclement weather and the talks were delivered from the UC Davis campus via videoconferencing technology.)  The dean's talk was well received and stimulated a subsequent discussion about the future of immigration policy in the United States and Mexico.     

The presentation came about in part as the result of a visit to UC Davis School of Law by Manuel Gonzalez Oropeza, Justice of the Mexican Supreme Electoral Courts, and Enrique Ochoa Reza, Director of Education for the Mexican Supreme Electoral Courts, who visited King Hall in 2009.  At that time, the Mexican Supreme Electoral Courts and the UC Davis School of Law signed an Agreement of Cooperation to promote educational and scholarly exchange between the two institutions. 

The Mexican Supreme Electoral Courts are the highest courts dealing with electoral matters in Mexico.  UC Davis School of Law will be involved in education and scholarly exchanges with the Mexican Supreme Electoral Courts in coming months.