Professor Koh joins the UW School of Law for the 2020-21 academic year and will be directing the Immigration Clinic. Professor Koh brings years of experience in immigration and social justice-related advocacy, teaching and scholarship. Her teaching career includes appointments as a Professor of Law and the founding director of the Immigration Clinic at Western State College of Law in Irvine, Calif., a Clinical Lecturer and Cooley Godward Kronish Fellow in the Immigrants’ Rights Clinic at Stanford Law School, and a visiting professor at UC Irvine School of Law. Before entering law teaching, she was a litigation associate at the law firm WilmerHale in Palo Alto, Calif. and New York, N.Y.; the director of a community lawyering project at Sanctuary for Families’ Center for Battered Women’s Legal Services in New York, N.Y.; and a law clerk to the late Eugene Nickerson in the Eastern District of New York.
Her scholarship focuses on the convergence of the immigration enforcement and criminal justice systems; the legal frameworks governing deportation, particularly streamlined procedures that take place outside the immigration courts; and the federal courts’ treatment of immigration claims. Her scholarship has appeared (or will appear) in journals such as the Yale Law Journal, Washington University Law Review, Southern California Law Review, Stanford Law Review Online, Duke Law Journal Online, North Carolina Law Review, Florida Law Review, Georgetown Immigration Law Journal, and Clinical Law Review. Professor Koh’s scholarship has been cited by the United States Supreme Court (in a majority opinion authored by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg) and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Professor Koh is a frequent speaker and commentator on immigrants’ rights and social justice issues locally and nationally. She has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, Law360, Reveal Magazine, Orange County Register and various other media outlets and podcasts. She currently serves on the Board of Editors for the Clinical Law Review, a peer-reviewed journal devoted to lawyering theory and clinical pedagogy. She is also on the Boards of Directors for the Orange County Justice Fund and the Public Law Center. She received her J.D. from Columbia Law School and her B.A. from Yale University.