Law: Hiroshi Motomura, Building Community in the Classroom

November 17

12:00pm - 1:00pm


Audience: Faculty

Law teachers get all sorts of advice, solicited and unsolicited, from other teachers, administrators, students, anyone imaginable. How should we think about that advice and sort through it all, to figure out what works for us, what might work, and what probably won’t work? And what is at stake in those choices, or put more conceptually, what are the basic choices that teachers make when they teach a course? New versions of these questions arise as more law schools rely on online instruction. This talk tries to provide some answers, partly at a very practical level, but also in light of three fundamental themes: building a classroom community; balancing authority, responsibility, and vulnerability; and maximizing ambition while managing risk.

Hiroshi Motomura is the Susan Westerberg Prager Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and the inaugural faculty director of the UCLA School of Law’s new Center for Immigration Law and Policy. An influential scholar and teacher of United States immigration and citizenship, he has written two general audience books: Americans in Waiting (2006) and Immigration Outside the Law (2014). Hiroshi is also a co-author of two law school casebooks: Immigration and Citizenship: Process and Policy (9th ed. 2020) and Forced Migration: Law and Policy (2d ed. 2013). The recipient of many teaching honors, including the UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award in 2014, and one of 26 law professors nationwide profiled in What the Best Law Teachers Do (2013), he is now at work on a new book, The New Migration Law, with the support of a Guggenheim Fellowship.