Posted: October 30th, 2013 | By: Lauren Sarno
Wake Forest Law Review’s new blog, “Collecting Cases,” is already receiving positive attention from some national blogs.
Following the recent launch of the first daily Fourth Circuit legal blog, Law Review’s Online Editor Matthew Meyers (’14) has been invited to be a guest blogger on the crImmigration blog. His post was then picked up and shared on the ImmigrationProf blog.
Meyers received the invite after writing on “Collecting Cases” about a recent Fourth Circuit decision that addressed a topic that Professor Margaret Taylor’s seminar on Immigration & Crime was studying at the same time.
Meyers analysis, published under the title “Fourth Circuit Clarifies Categorical and Modified Categorical Approaches under ACCA,” explained how in United States v. Royal the Fourth Circuit applied a very recent Supreme Court case, United States v. Descamps, in the federal sentencing context.
Meyers’ knowledge of the subject stemmed from Professor Taylor’s seminar. “He was able to understand the immigration law implications of the Fourth Circuit’s decision, which were not apparent from the decision itself,” Taylor said.
Meyers also explained this impact, and concluded his blog post by noting: ”The Fourth Circuit has solidified the Descamps approach as the law of the land. Practitioners in criminal law and immigration law should take note.”
Taylor said, “I was quite impressed with how clearly he explained a concept that bedevils immigration attorneys, criminal lawyers, and judges across the country with its complexity.”
Professor Taylor shared Meyers’ Law Review blog post with Professor César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández, a visiting professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and the creator of a blog called “crImmigration,” which addresses the intersection of immigration law and criminal law.
Professor Garcia Hernandez then invited Meyers to post his analysis as a guest blogger on the crImmigration blog. He edited his original analysis, and the new post ran on Tuesday, Oct. 29, on the crImmigration blog.
According to Professor Taylor, both the crImmigration and the Immigration Prof blog have a national readership. “It’s nice to see that practitioners in criminal law and immigration law have taken note, as Matt suggested, and have widely shared his analysis,” she said.
“We have all really enjoyed the response the blog has received,” Meyers said. “It is great to see a post being selected for wider distribution, and I am grateful to Professor Hernández for the opportunity.”
The purpose of “Collecting Cases” is to provide the legal community with substantive analyses of new Fourth Circuit cases, according to Meyers.
“It is also a way to give staff members more opportunities to write during their time on the Law Review,” he explained. “Besides myself, there are three Law Review members who write for the project: Executive Online Editor Justin Philbeck (’14) and second-year staffers Alina Buccella (’15), and Jordan Crews (’15).