Increasing attention has been paid to the importance of gubernatorial pardons as a tool to erase immigration consequences. This training will discuss when pardons are useful, how to apply, and current trends in pardon grants. We will also discuss when and which other post-conviction relief vehicles should be considered in addition to, or instead of, a pardon application.
Rose Cahn, Senior Staff Attorney - ILRC
Rose Cahn is a nationally recognized expert in the field of immigrant post-conviction relief and oversees the ILRC’s pro bono Immigrant Post-Conviction Relief Project. With over 15 years of experience working in the field of immigrant rights, and a special focus on the intersection of criminal and immigration law, Rose is a frequent speaker and trainer on the subject. Rose has co-authored several manuals including, California Post-Conviction Relief for Immigrants (Tooby) and Helping Immigrant Clients with Proposition 47 and Other Post-Conviction Legal Options: A Guide for Legal Service Providers (Californians for Safety and Justice). Rose spearheads federal, state, and local advocacy to help advance the rights of immigrants with criminal convictions and assist providers in understanding how to better serve this population. She is one of the principle drafters of California Penal Code § 1473.7, a landmark piece of legislation that created a legal mechanism to vacate unconstitutional convictions. She serves on the Advisory Committee of the National Clean Slate Clearinghouse and is on the Steering Committee of the American Immigrant Representation Project.
Before working at the ILRC, Rose was a Senior Soros Justice Fellow at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area, where she founded the nation’s first Immigrant Post-Conviction Relief Project. Prior to that, she litigated post-conviction relief cases at the Law Office of Norton Tooby and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Warren J. Ferguson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Rose graduated cum laude from New York University School of Law, where she was the recipient of the Root Tilden Kern scholarship.
Carla Gomez, Senior Staff Attorney - ILRC
Carla Gomez is a Senior Staff Attorney in San Francisco where she focuses on the intersection of criminal and immigration law, including post-conviction relief. Carla has over 20 years of criminal defense experience as both a federal and county public defender and has extensive experience as an immigration defense attorney.
Prior to coming to the ILRC, Carla started her career as a Federal Public Defender in San Diego where she tried over 15 federal felony trials, argued several times before the Ninth Circuit resulting in published opinions including U.S. v. Ramirez, 273 F.3d 903, (9th Cir. 2001). Carla then became a San Francisco Public Defender where she practiced for over 15 years as a felony attorney, and, in 2017, she was part of the team that spearheaded the Immigration Unit.
Carla has successfully defended the most challenging cases in immigration court where her clients with serious felonies have won asylum, withholding, the Convention Against Torture and readjustment of status. Her successful post-conviction relief practice throughout California including Monterey, San Mateo, San Joaquin, Sonoma, Kern, Fresno, Sacramento, and Pasadena has saved lawful permanent residents with aggravated felonies from deportation and allowed immigrants to adjust their status.
Carla earned her undergraduate degree from U.C. Berkeley and her J.D. from the University of San Francisco where she participated in the United Nations Working Group on Migrant Farm Workers in Geneva. Carla is fluent in Spanish and conversant in French.
Ingrid Eagly, Professor of Law and Faculty Director of the Criminal Justice Program - UCLA School of Law
Ingrid Eagly is a Professor of Law at UCLA School of Law and the Faculty Director of the Criminal Justice Program. She teaches and writes about immigration law, criminal law, evidence and public interest lawyering. In 2017 she received UCLA’s Distinguished Teaching Award. Professor Eagly is an expert in the intersection between immigration enforcement and the criminal legal system. Her recent work explores a range of topics, including the criminalization of migration, police policymaking, and U.S. immigration courts. Eagly’s scholarship has appeared in the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Texas Law Review, California Law Review, Northwestern University Law Review, Stanford Law Review, and Yale Law Journal, among others. Eagly earned an A.B. from Princeton University in public policy, with certificates in African American Studies and Women’s Studies. She received her J.D. from Harvard Law School and clerked for Judge David Coar of the U.S. District Court in Chicago. Prior to joining the faculty at UCLA, Professor Eagly was a Skadden Fellow at the Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago (LAF), a Soros Justice Fellow at the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA), and a trial attorney for the Federal Public Defender in Los Angeles. Eagly currently serves as a co-editor of the ImmigrationProf blog.