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Stanford Human Rights Clinic Participates In Supreme Court Deportation Case

Publication Date: 
February 26, 2007
Source: 
Lawyers USA
Author: 
Harry Smith

Stanford Law School's Immigrant's Rights Clinic and the Supreme Court Litigation Clinic are included in this story about how the clinics are succeeding in their mission. It also reports on the increasing number of law school clinics in many university law schools. Professor Srikantiah is quoted.

"The real challenge with this case was explaining that people are so much more than a single drug offense," said the clinic's director, Jayashri Srikantiah. "People like Mr. Lopez have lived in this country for a long time and we shouldn't focus solely on their one criminal conviction when deciding whether they should be allowed to remain in the country."

Srikantiah, who was born in India, was formerly the associate legal director of the ACLU in Northern California. She was handpicked to run the clinic after her work in similar cases defending clients affected by the 1996 immigration laws, which she described as "drastic and draconian."

"I was really excited about the prospect of inspiring students to try and help a forgotten group of people," said Srikantiah. ...

"There was a distinction that we felt the court should grapple with because it's unclear and doesn't make any sense," Srikantiah said.