The Fence

While in law school at Pepperdine, I helped take sack lunches once a month to the day laborers that gather at the Malibu Community Labor Exchange.  By graduation, I accepted the invitation to lead the board of directors of that organization.

Last year, we (the Malibu Community Labor Exchange) partnered with Craig Detweiler, Director of the Center for Entertainment, Media and Culture at Pepperdine in a fundraising event where we screened the film, A Better Life.  It was such a hit that we decided to do a similar event this year, and this past Sunday evening we screened the HBO documentary, The Fence.

Following the screening, there was a fascinating panel discussion.  In the picture above, you can see Professor Detweiler on the left with the microphone.  Immediately to his right is the tireless director of the Malibu Community Labor Exchange, Oscar Mondragon.  To the right of Oscar is Rory Kennedy, who is the daughter of Robert & Ethel Kennedy and the filmmaker behind The Fence.  Next in line is Jessica Domingues, a graduate of Pepperdine University and an immigration attorney in Los Angeles.  Last but not least, you see Judge Bruce Einhorn, a retired federal immigration judge and the director of the Asylum & Refugee Clinic here at Pepperdine Law.

Each panelist was outstanding, and when you add Craig as a terrific moderator, I could not have been more pleased with the engaging discussion.  I will say, however, that Judge Einhorn may take the title of the most entertaining panelist.  His terrific wit and storytelling ability is topped only by his heart for the downtrodden.  I hope many of our new students will get the opportunity to interact with Judge Einhorn during their time at Pepperdine Law!

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