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  • David Koelsch
    David Koelsch
    David C. Koelsch is an Associate Professor and Director of the Immigration Law C
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    Julia Belian
    Associate Professor Julia Belian, although less than a century old herself, find
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    Langvardt, Kyle
    Professor Langvardt joined the UDM faculty in Fall 2012. Before UDM Law, he was
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Blog Entry 7

Posted by David Koelsch
David Koelsch
David C. Koelsch is an Associate Professor and Director of the Immigration Law C
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on Thursday, 20 October 2011
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Every area of law practice probably has it's one moment of shining glory.  The transaction is closed, the bridge is built, the defendant is found guilty or innocent.  For Immigration Law, the best moment is when an immigrant for whom you have worked for many years becomes a U.S. Citizen.Just yesterday, a longstanding client of the Immigration Law Clinic became a U.S. Citizen at a ceremony at the Federal Courthouse in downtown Detroit. S...
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Blog Entry 6

Posted by David Koelsch
David Koelsch
David C. Koelsch is an Associate Professor and Director of the Immigration Law C
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on Thursday, 20 October 2011
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One of the best things about being a law school professor is having the opportunity to coach a Moot Court team.  This coming weekend, UDM will field a team at the Asylum Law Competition at UC-Davis in Sacramento.  The team (Joanne Golden, Scott Foess, and Kyle Butler) has been hard at work since early-December writing a professional-quality brief, crafting their legal arguments, and practicing for endless hours in front of panels of jud...
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Blog Entry 5

Posted by David Koelsch
David Koelsch
David C. Koelsch is an Associate Professor and Director of the Immigration Law C
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on Thursday, 20 October 2011
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Just like when you play Monopoly, going to jail is no fun.  It is, however, instructive to me and my students.  Most immigrants detained by the Department of Homeland Security in Michigan are housed at the Calhoun County Jail in Battle Creek.  Needless to say, this is not the most convenient location for either detainees’ families or their attorneys, given the nearly two hours drive from Detroit.  This past Saturday morning, ...
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Blog Entry 4

Posted by David Koelsch
David Koelsch
David C. Koelsch is an Associate Professor and Director of the Immigration Law C
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on Thursday, 20 October 2011
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Witnessing the resilience of the human spirit is a true gift to my students and me.  This past week, two students and I met with a woman who is married to a U.S. citizen who mentally and verbally abused her and physically abused her son.  The students had never met the woman before and I had only met her once before.  I provided the students with a brief background on the client and her history:  she is a “mail order bride” fr...
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Blog Entry 3

Posted by David Koelsch
David Koelsch
David C. Koelsch is an Associate Professor and Director of the Immigration Law C
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on Thursday, 20 October 2011
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Our students never cease to amaze me.  We are in the midst of final exams right now and some students are looking a little haggard (so are some professors, present company included!).  Law school final exams are unique:  a term’s worth of incredibly dense material is packed into one test and that test is generally heavy on essays and applying the law to the facts of a hypothetical fact pattern.  They are not easy and students ...
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Blog Entry 2

Posted by David Koelsch
David Koelsch
David C. Koelsch is an Associate Professor and Director of the Immigration Law C
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on Thursday, 20 October 2011
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Another good day! This morning, one of my students, Felix, obtained lawful permanent residency for a man from Uzbekistan.  This man has been a client of the Immigration Law Clinic since 2003 and at least seven students have worked on his case.  He had a very strong asylum application but, as fate would have it, his daughter was studying in the U.S. and met her future husband, who sponsored her for a green card.  Our client’s daugh...
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Blog Entry 1

Posted by David Koelsch
David Koelsch
David C. Koelsch is an Associate Professor and Director of the Immigration Law C
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on Thursday, 20 October 2011
in Faculty Blogs
A recent movie, Julie and Julia, portrayed a woman who blogged every day for one year about a different recipe by Julia Child. I can’t promise anything nearly as interesting or useful (my cooking skills lean more towards grilled cheese and waffles than beef tenderloin and crème brulee) but I’ll try to give you a few glimpses into my work directing students in the Immigration Law Clinic. Today was one of those days I am glad to be a lawyer. At 8:...
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