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Professor Motomura Honored with Chris K. Iijima Teacher and Mentor Award


January 28, 2013 – Professor Hiroshi Motomura was chosen to receive the Chris K. Iijima Teacher and Mentor Award by the Conference of Asian Pacific American Law Faculty (CAPALF). He is being honored with the award in recognition of his impact on the many students and legal educators he has mentored, and his extensive contributions to public service, teaching and scholarship supporting Asian American rights. Professor Motomura will be presented with the award at the upcoming CAPALF conference, which will be held at UC Hastings College of Law on February 1-2, 2013.

Professor Motomura is an influential scholar and teacher of immigration and citizenship law. He is a co-author of two immigration-related casebooks, and he has published many significant articles and essays on immigration and citizenship. His book, Americans in Waiting: The Lost Story of Immigration and Citizenship in the United States, published in 2006, won the Professional and Scholarly Publishing Award from the Association of American Publishers as the year’s best book in Law and Legal Studies, and was chosen by the U.S. Department of State for its Suggested Reading List for Foreign Service Officers.

Professor Motomura has testified as an immigration expert in the U.S. Congress, has served as co-counsel or a volunteer consultant in several cases in the U.S. Supreme Court and the federal appeals courts, and has been a member of the American Bar Association’s Commission on Immigration. He is one of the co-founders and current directors of the Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network (RMIAN), and he serves on the board of directors of the National Immigration Law Center. In the fall of 2008, he was an outside advisor to the Obama-Biden Transition Team’s Working Group on Immigration Policy. Professor Motomura also is a member of the editorial board of the International Migration Review.

Prior to joining the UCLA Law faculty, Professor Motomura was Kenan Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and before that Nicholas Doman Professor of International Law at the University of Colorado, Boulder. In 1997, Professor Motomura was named President’s Teaching Scholar, which is the highest teaching distinction at the University of Colorado, and he has won several other teaching awards, most recently the Distinguished Teaching Award for Post-Baccalaureate Instruction at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, in 2008.