Monday, January 27 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Education Building (EDU), 1111
401 East Peltason Drive Irvine, CA 92697-8000
Dolly M. Gee, United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Central District of California, will be speaking at the next installment of the Guest Speaker Series.
United States District Judge Dolly Gee (Central District of California) has presided over momentous immigration cases that have affected people throughout the country. Judge Gee received degrees from UCLA and UCLA Law School, and clerked with U.S. District Judge Milton Schwartz in Sacramento upon her graduation. She then returned to Southern California and joined a prominent labor law firm where she specialized in representing unions and workers. She also was very involved in community affairs, including work for the Asian Pacific American Legal Center and the California Women’s Law Center. In 2009, after being nominated by President Obama and confirmed unanimously by the Senate, she became the first Chinese-American federal trial judge in the U.S. Her landmark rulings include ordering the U.S. to offer free legal services to detained immigrants with mental disabilities. During the past five years, she also has issued several important decisions about children being held in federal detention centers. In 2015, she ruled that many children had been held in “deplorable conditions” and that the government had “failed to meet even the minimal standard” for “safe and sanitary conditions.” More recently, she rejected the Trump administration’s attempts to eviscerate a 1997 settlement, an action that would have permitted the government to hold children and their parents in detention for indefinite periods. She called the government’s defense of its proposed policy “Kafkaesque.”
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