Sejal Zota and John Rubin

Using a step-by-step approach to the immigration consequences of a criminal conviction, Imimigration Consequences of a Criminal Conviction in North Carolina explains the different types of immigration status and the various criminal convictions that trigger removal (deportation) in light of a person’s immigration status. Included is a detailed chart of immigration consequences of various North Carolina offenses. This is the first edition of the manual.


About the Authors

Sejal Zota was an immigration law specialist at the School of Government. Prior to this appointment, she was a public defender with the Bronx Defenders and a teaching fellow at the Immigrant Rights Clinic of the New York University (NYU) School of Law. At NYU, Ms. Zota co-taught a seminar and supervised litigation in federal and immigration courts. She was also a contributing author of A Judge’s Guide to Immigration Law in Criminal Proceedings, published by the American Bar Association in 2004. She earned a B.A. in economics and public policy studies from Duke University and a J.D. from NYU. After leaving the School in 2011, she because a staff attorney at the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild.

John Rubin joined the School of Government faculty in 1991. He specializes in criminal law and procedure and indigent defense education. Before joining the School, he practiced law for nine years in Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles, California. He has written several articles and books on criminal law and procedure and teaches and consults with indigent defenders, judges, magistrates, prosecutors, and others who work in the court system. Mr. Rubin earned a B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley and a J.D. from UNC-Chapel Hill. In 2008, he received the Albert and Gladys Coates Term Award for Faculty Excellence. In 2012, he was named Albert Coates Professor of Public Law and Government.