Published scotusblog.com, Monday, August 19, 2013
In McConnell v. Federal Election Commission (2003), Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote: “It is in the nature of an elected representative to favor certain policies, and, by necessary corollary, to favor the voters and contributors who support those policies.” (emphasis added) That is a striking choice of words.
On June 15, TU College of Law students, alumni, and staff teamed up to provide critical legal assistance at a free immigration law clinic held at the Boesche Legal Clinic. The clinic was organized to provide assistance to individuals applying for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a program announced last summer by Department of Homeland Security. The DACA program allows undocumented young adults to request deferred action on their immigration status for a period of two years, subject to renewal. They would then be eligible for work authorization. The program is aimed at qualifying immigrants who came to the U.S. on or before June 2007 and who were 16 or younger at the time of their arrival. Among other qualifications for the program, the young adults must be free of serious criminal convictions, be enrolled in or have completed high school, or have served in the U.S. military. The clinic volunteers, who included law students enrolled in a summer immigration law course taught by Professor Elizabeth McCormick, participated in a day-long DACA training on June 14. The training and clinic were organized by Professor McCormick and Laura Bachman, Staff Attorney with the legal clinic’s Tulsa Immigrant Resource Network and adjunct faculty member at the College of Law.
(Chynna Smith, Class of 2014)
Baby Veronica custody case not over yet
Published by the Tulsa World, Thursday, July 25, 2013
By Michael Overall
After a 19th century U.S. Supreme Court decision that set an important precedent for tribal sovereignty, President Andrew Jackson supposedly mocked the chief justice. “John Marshall has made his decision,” he reportedly said. “Now let him enforce it.” That quote came to mind when Jason Aamodt, an expert on tribal law, thought about the latest twists in the Baby Veronica case. “South Carolina has made its decision,” said Aamodt, an assistant dean at the University of Tulsa’s law school. “Now let’s see if they can enforce it.”
The South Carolina Supreme Court announced Wednesday that it wouldn’t reconsider last week’s order to take custody away from Veronica’s Cherokee father.
The University of Tulsa College of Law is an international center for Native American Law education and debate. Last week’s Supreme Court decision in Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl (better known as the ‘Baby Veronica case’) was a landmark ruling that resonated with the community and those who work closely with law.
Walter Echo-Hawk, TU College of Law adjunct professor, and alumna Sara Hill (JD ’03), Senior Assistant Attorney General of the Cherokee Nation, have allowed us to share their perspectives on the ruling.
Echo-Hawk’s comments were featured in a Native Times article this week, ‘Baby Veronica’ prompts reflection, prayer circles across Indian Country.