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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Professor Fatma Marouf Writes Article for Hamilton and Griffin on Rights, Featured on SCOTUSblog

Fatma Marouf is the co-director of the Immigration Clinic and an associate professor at the William S. Boyd School of Law.

On Jan. 15, Professor Marouf wrote an article titled, "Sock it to Him: Deportation for Drug Paraphernalia," for the Hamilton and Griffin on Rights blog, co-created by Boyd's Professor Leslie Griffin. On Jan. 16, her guest blog post was mentioned on SCOTUSblog's Friday round-up.

In her blog post  about Moones Mellouli, a master's degree student who was deported after possessing a sock that contained Adderall (socks are considered drug paraphernalia under Kansas law) Professor Marouf writes, "There is much at stake here, not just for immigrants but also for criminal defense attorneys. As low-level crimes, paraphernalia offenses are usually disposed of quickly with plea agreements. If the Court sides with the government in this case, it would greatly complicate a criminal defense lawyer’s duty under Padilla v. Kentucky, 559 U.S. 356 (2010) to advise defendants about the immigration consequences of a conviction."

Drawing on her extensive experience representing individuals before the Immigration Courts, Board of Immigration Appeals, and U.S. Courts of Appeals, Professor Marouf's research probes various problems involved in adjudicating immigration cases at all levels.