Barbara T. O’Toole moderates panel discussion at the NAPABA Northeast Regional / AABANY Fall Conference
Barbara T. O’Toole, associate in the firm’s Litigation Department, moderated a panel discussion, titled “From Border Wall to Courtroom: The Judge Shelley Joseph Indictment,” during the 2019 NAPABA Northeast Regional/AABANY Fall Conference, “United in Action and Vision: Towards 2020 Together,” on September 21, 2019 at Fordham University School of Law.
The panel – comprised of Angel Feng, of Mintz Levin, Djung Tran, of Tran Law Associates, and Hon. Stella Tsai, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas – discussed the recent indictment of Judge Shelley Joseph, a district court judge in Massachusetts, on federal charges. Judge Joseph is accused of obstruction of justice for allegedly assisting an undocumented immigrant defendant who appeared in her courtroom evade ICE custody. The discussion covered the current state of immigration laws in the U.S. and the limits of judicial authority. Michelle Rhee, Assistant General Counsel, Wells Fargo & Company, chaired the program.
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