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News Posted on August 29, 2013

Immigration Law Clinic, in Collaboration with Former U.S. Solicitor Paul Clement, Wins Victory for Client

UC Davis Immigration Law Clinic students in collaboration with former United States Solicitor General Paul Clement succeeded in obtaining a remand from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit for Immigration Clinic client Claudette Hubbard, returning her case to the Board of Immigration Appeals.

The case, Hubbard v. Holder, concerns a lesbian who has been ordered removed to Jamaica, a country known for violence against homosexuals. Based upon the Jamaican government's tolerance of violence against gays and lesbians, Hubbard is seeking protection under the Convention Against Torture.

The brief, which was put together by Melanie Young '13, Charlene Chen '13, and Christine Meeuwsen '14 under the guidance of Immigration Law Clinic Staff Attorney Holly Cooper and in collaboration with Clement and two more of the nation's leading appellate lawyers, Erin Murphy and Michael McGinley, argued that the Board of Immigration Appeals failed to apply proper standards in determining whether the Jamaican government acquiesces in the torture of gays and lesbians. On August 21, the U.S. Court of Appeals remanded the case to the BIA.