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Pepperdine Caruso Law Welcomes Jennifer Lee Koh as an Associate Professor of Law

Pepperdine Caruso School of Law is pleased to welcome Jennifer Lee Koh as an Associate Professor of Law. Beginning this coming fall, Professor Koh will be teaching courses related to immigration law, criminal law, and ethics, as well as co-directing the Nootbaar Institute on Law, Religion, and Ethics. She has previously taught at University of California, Irvine School of Law, University of Washington School of Law, Stanford Law School, and Western State College of Law.

Professor Koh's scholarship focuses on the convergence of the immigration enforcement and criminal legal systems. Her most recent article, Executive Defiance and the Deportation State (SSRN), will be published in the Yale Law Journal. Her previous work has appeared in a variety of publications, including the Southern California Law Review, Duke Law Journal Online, Florida Law Review, North Carolina Law Review, Stanford Law Review Online, Washington University Law Review, Wisconsin Law Review, and Georgetown Immigration Law Journal, and has been cited by the United States Supreme Court.

Dean Paul Caron said "we're thrilled that Jennifer will be joining our faculty. She is an outstanding teacher, spectacular scholar, and wonderful colleague. When Jennifer visited campus as part of the recruiting process, she brought her husband, two young children, and parents -- we're delighted that they all will be part of our Pepperdine Caruso Law family."

Professor Koh was drawn to Pepperdine because of its Christian mission and commitment to integrating religious faith in legal education and the legal profession. She participated in three annual conferences hosted by the Nootbaar Institute and published an essay, Agape, Grace and Immigration Law: An Evangelical Perspective, in a book collection co-edited by Professor Bob Cochran.

"I'm honored to join the extraordinary community of faculty, staff, administrators and students at Pepperdine Caruso Law. I have long admired the law school's tradition of excellence in teaching and scholarship, commitment to global justice, and history of bringing faith-based perspectives to the law," said Professor Koh. "Pepperdine is the ideal place to pursue my calling to teach and write about law, which I aspire to do with the goal of seeking justice."

Professor Koh received her B.A. from Yale University and her J.D. from Columbia University School of Law. At Columbia, she was Senior Editor, Columbia Law Review; Editor, Columbia Journal of Gender and Law; Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar; and President, Asian Pacific American Law Students Association. After law school, she worked as Law Clerk, U.S. District Court Judge Eugene Nickerson (Eastern District of New York); Director, Community Liaison Project, Sanctuary for Families (New York); and Associate, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale And Dorr (New York and Palo Alto).