Intersection of Indigent Defense and Immigration: The Impact of Padilla v. Kentucky

February 19, 2013, 12:00pm
University of Louisville, Brandeis School of Law
Sponsored by: American Constitution Society

Two years ago in Padilla v. Kentucky, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Sixth Amendment requires that defense attorneys advise their noncitizen clients about the immigration consequences of a plea. The Court recognized what, for decades, the defense and immigration bars have known: competent defense counsel must advise about immigration consequences of a plea. Tim Arnold has represented José Padilla either as lead counsel or co-counsel through the Supreme Court, and he continues to represent Mr. Padilla on remand to the state court, where the case is now pending. During his career at DPA Tim Arnold has been awarded the Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Juvenile Justice Award, the DPA’s In Re Gault Award for excellence in juvenile representation, the DPA’s Furman v. Georgia award for excellence in death penalty representation, and most recently the American Immigration Lawyers Association Jack Wasserman Memorial Award for Excellence in Litigation in the field of Immigration Law. He has served as DPA’s Post-Trial Division Director since 2008. Join U of L's ACS chapter and Tim Arnold as we discuss the implications from the Padilla decision, applications moving forward, and how this decision will shape the role of criminal defense attorneys.

Room 175, lunch will be provided from Jason's Deli.  

Speaker Bios

Tim Arnold is a graduate of Knox College in Galesburg, IL, and the University of Kentucky College of Law.  He began his career with Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy (DPA) in the Juvenile Post-Dispositional Branch in 1996, and served as Manager of that branch from 2003 to 2008.  Though a far cry from juvenile cases, in 2007 he took the case of Jose Padilla, and has represented Mr. Padilla either as lead counsel or co-counsel through the Supreme Court decision in Padilla v. Kentucky, and he continues to represent Mr. Padilla on remand to the state court, where the case is now pending.  During his career at DPA he has been awarded the Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Juvenile Justice Award, the DPA’s In Re Gault Award for excellence in juvenile representation, the DPA’s Furman v. Georgia award for excellence in death penalty representation, and most recently the American Immigration Lawyers Association Jack Wasserman Memorial Award for Excellence in Litigation in the field of Immigration Law.  He has served as DPA’s Post-Trial Division Director since 2008.