Asylum (Brandon & Debbie)
Davis, CA
Members: Brandon Shiener, Debbie Kol
Coaches: Student Coach--Laura Anderson, Alumni Coach--Michael Rhoads
Description of Issues:

Petitioner Yusuf Badr was born in AlSuria, a fictional Middle Eastern country embroiled in political conflict. AlSuria has been weathering a civil war since 2012, when the FFA, a rebel fighter group, began efforts to oust the sitting AlSuria President, Hassad Basheer. The FFA has taken control over many regions in AlSuria and consistently tries to recruit new members for their cause. Badr was raised in a family that actively spoke in favor of President Basheer. Badr himself spoke out to the media in AlSuria. Following that, Badr was attacked on three separate occasions. After the third attack, he fled to a nearby city, Maken Areeb, that was not controlled by the FFA. There, Badr lived in a group home with other young men and worked as a blacksmith. In mid-2016, Badr fled to the United States upon the death of his father and his separation from all known family. He was stopped by police and referred to the Department of Homeland Security when he was unable to produce papers. 

Both parties contend that the violence Badr faced amounted to persecution, but the parties dispute whether Badr was persecuted on a protected ground and whether he reasonably relocated to a safe area in Maken Areeb.

Issues on appeal:

  1. Whether a nexus exists between Badr’s alleged persecution & a protected ground.

  2. Whether there was sufficient evidence to establish that Badr submitted his application timely, meeting the one year requirement.

Scheduling Contact: Laura Anderson (landerson@uchastings.edu)
Document(s): Bench memo will be sent to judges.
DATE AND TIME ROOM JUDGE JUDGE JUDGE JUDGE JUDGE
Sat. February 3
3:00PM - 4:00PM MCR CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED
Tue. February 6
6:00PM - 8:00PM D CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED
Wed. February 7
3:00PM - 5:00PM 218 CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED
Fri. February 9
10:00AM - 12:00PM MCR (joint practice) VanLandingham, J. Jordan Olson
Sun. February 11
3:00PM - 5:00PM K
Mon. February 12
7:00PM - 9:00PM E Yuping Lin Yumi Nam
Tue. February 13
12:00PM - 1:00PM C Reid Gaa Taylor Boutelle
Wed. February 14
12:00PM - 2:00PM 404 (100 bldg) Sierra Luther Nicole Vales
Thu. February 15
7:00PM - 9:00PM MCR (joint practice) VanLandingham, J.
Sun. February 18
3:00PM - 5:00PM D (joint practice)
Tue. February 20
12:00PM - 1:00PM C Caroline Hill Felipe Pereira
Wed. February 21
1:30PM - 3:30PM F Yuping Lin
Thu. February 22
7:00PM - 9:00PM D Yuping Lin
Sat. February 24
12:00PM - 1:00PM F
2:00PM - 3:00PM F
Sun. February 25
2:00PM - 4:00PM E (joint practice)
Mon. February 26
12:00PM - 1:00PM MCR
7:00PM - 9:00PM MCR Yuping Lin
Tue. February 27
6:00PM - 8:00PM D
Wed. February 28
3:30PM - 5:30PM MCR Rachel Steyer Carlyn Williams
Thu. March 1
8:30AM - 9:30AM MCR (SEND OFF!) Rachel Steyer