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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

JUDGE WOOD WOULD BE A FRIEND FOR IMMIGRATION ON THE SUPREME COURT

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Wood190 A lot of people influenced my decision to become an immigration lawyer nearly two decades ago, but one person that certainly deserves mention is Judge Diane Wood. I first took her international trade law class at the University of Chicago and it turned out to be my best grade in law school. I then did an independent study with Professor Wood and wrote about the integration of the European legal profession, a topic that introduced me to the subject of employment immigration law.

Five years after I graduated U of C, Professor Wood was appointed by President Clinton to serve on the US Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and has distinguished herself over the years as one of the country's leading judicial thinkers. Interestingly, she is best known for her decision in the Nazarova deportation case where she ruled that an immigration judge was out of bounds when he ordered a woman deported because her interpreter showed up late for her hearing.

The New York Times has a great article on Judge Wood this morning explaining why she has emerged as a leading candidate to fill the Souter seat on the US Supreme Court. Professor Wood would be a sensational choice and I hope President Obama gives serious thought to appointing his former faculty colleague.

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  1. Another voice's Avatar
    She seems like a great candidate!!
  2. Geroge Chell's Avatar
    What is the immigration stance of Sotamayor, the other candidate! Being Hispanic I would think she is a pro although there are still antis such as George Borjas around in the Hispanic community.
  3. gg's Avatar
    who cares !!.. Legal System in this country is a joke !!
  4. Jack's Avatar
    Good pick. I think if they go white female, it's Kagan. Relatively Bork-proof, the cliche school academic credentials (Oxford even). Obama ties as well + young(er) + the persuasion ability good not just for the practical benefit of smoothing things over with other justices, i.e., natural politician, but the political benefit of selling yourself (to Obama and at confirmation hearings). The Stanford candidates have the lesbian risk. Sotomayor, I think, is the modestly overpriced sucker's bet, floated as a front runner but not the winner. Her profile is so obvious, if you pick her your opponents can paint you (fairly or not) as Mr. Identity Politics who puts politics over merit. Might be politically savvy to tab her for a later opening if you do. I think a negative for her is the potential for judicial temperament stuff to come up where she could get the sexist Anita Hill treatment. No President wants to risk a repeat of that sideshow.

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  5. diggenti's Avatar
    You may want to say some good words about this news article
    http://www.informationweek.com/news/global-cio/h1b/showArticle.jhtml;jsessionid=32UG1FKJ4GGQ0QSNDLOSKHSCJUNN2JVN?articleID=217300783
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