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Cruz published in 'Harvard Latino Law Review'
Evelyn Cruz, Director of the Immigration, Law & Policy Clinic, recently published an article in the
Harvard Latino Law Review
, titled “Competent Voices: Noncitizen Defendants and the Right to Know the Immigration Consequences of Plea Agreements.”
In the article, Cruz notes the increasing merger of criminal law and immigration law. She uses the then-pending U.S. Supreme Court case of
Padilla v. Kentucky
to argue that effective assistance of criminal defense counsel must include informing clients about the potential immigration consequences of various strategic decisions, such as whether to plead guilty. In the
case, the Supreme Court ultimately agreed with Cruz’s position.
Cruz teaches Immigration Law and Comprehensive Law Practice, and directs the College’s Immigration Law & Policy Clinic, which represents unaccompanied minors in immigration removal proceedings and received the 2007 President’s Medal for Social Embeddedness at ASU. She writes about immigration law, clinical education and therapeutic jurisprudence, and has co-authored several immigration law manuals used by immigration practitioners and pro-se detainees at Immigration Detention Centers throughout the country.