Post by Juliet Stumpf. Juliet is the Robert E. Jones Professor of Advocacy and Ethics at Lewis & Clark Law School. Her current research explores innovation in immigration advocacy, and seeks to illuminate the study of immigration law with interdisciplinary insights. She has published widely in leading journals and books, including The Crimmigration Crisis: Immigrants, Crime, and Sovereign Power, 56 Am. U. L. Rev. 367 (2006) and co-authors the casebook Immigration and Citizenship: Process and Policy (8th ed. West 2016). Stumpf is a co-founder of CINETS, the transnational, interdisciplinary network of crimmigration scholars.  She serves as an Associate Director of Oxford University’s academic blog Border Criminologies and on the Board of Directors of the Innovation Law Lab.

I am thrilled to be joining Border Criminologies as an Associate Director. This year I am on sabbatical from my position at Lewis & Clark Law School. I have big plans for the year: reintroducing myself to my children, unpacking the house we moved into a year ago, and implementing the new research on the benefits of adequate sleep. 

Research around mass representation models occupied this first sabbatical summer. Stephen Manning of the Innovation Law Lab and I completed our draft of ‘Big Immigration Law’, to be published in a U.C. Davis Law Review symposium. The article describes the components of massive collaborative representation of asylum seekers and the potential it holds for changing unhealthy legal ecosystems that stymie legitimate asylum claims.

A second article, ‘Divorcing Deportation: Oregon’s Trail to Immigrant Inclusion’, is co-authored with four students and Stephen Manning, and will appear in the Lewis & Clark Law Review’s forthcoming symposium issue on immigration. In it, we explore two major initiatives of states and localities in the US that seek to divorce themselves from mass deportation efforts: local government-funded representation of immigrants in removal proceedings, and protection of immigration status information from immigration officials and the public. 

As for the rest of the year, I am expecting a book to write itself while I am busy with other things. This book might take several directions. It could engage the tremendous work that has been done on crimmigration transnationally, bringing the insights of sociologists, criminologists, political scientists, and psychologists to bear on the rise of crimmigration and its role in a globalizing and post-colonial world. It could describe how crimmigration operates most powerfully through liminal legal rules, rules that are less robust than formal legislation or case law, but that enjoy widespread acceptance and adherence, such as the detainers that permitted widespread unconstitutional detention in the US. It could examine innovative forms of resistance to crimmigration law, like the massive collaborative representation model that Manning and I have written about in Big Immigration Law. It could do all of these things. I am as excited to begin this work as I am to take on a new role with Border Criminologies.

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How to cite this blog post (Harvard style) 

Stumpf, J. (2018) On New Associations, Mass Representation, and Books that Write Themselves. Available at: (Accessed [date]).