Thursday, November 15, 2012

Michael Maggio Immigrants' Rights Summer Fellowship Program

Michael Maggio Immigrants' Rights Summer Fellowship Program


Michael Maggio

Michael graduated from Antioch School of Law in 1978 and wasted no time before foraying into the struggle for social justice. His first office overlooked Adams Morgan, the heart of Washington DC's immigrant community.

In 1980 Michael worked on the landmark Filartiga v. Pena case, which established for the first time that the U.S. courts have jurisdiction to hear damage cases against noncitizens for grave violations of human rights committed outside the United States. Dozens of human rights cases have built upon the Filartiga precedent bringing survivors of torture a measure of justice in the U.S. courts.

Michael began teaching law at Antioch, and it was there that he met Candace Kattar, who later became his wife and law partner. In the 1980s, Michael and Candace took up the legal defense of Central Americans caught in a web of U.S. policies that sought to deny them asylum and deport them to places where their lives were clearly in danger. Maggio and Kattar quickly developed into an influential immigration law firm with a diverse and wide range of clients.

Michael's loving heart and sharp intellect combined to make him an extraordinary lawyer, one who embraced a passion for social justice and perhaps an even greater passion for life. Michael was active in the National Lawyers Guild, AILA, and served on the Board of Directors of the National Immigration Project.

Michael died in February 2008 after a courageous battle with cancer

Host Sites

Fellowship host sites must be recognized non-profit organizations. These include: Nonprofit organizations serving low-income and underserved immigrant communities. Legal services organizations that serve immigrants. Civil rights organizations that advocate on behalf of immigrants. Community-based organizations that engage in pro-immigrant advocacy. The host organization must be willing to host the student for 10 weeks and provide a $1,500 stipend. The $1,500 amount may be paid from the host organization's funds or may be provided by the law student through other means, e.g., law school public interest funding, independent fundraising, etc. The host organization must commit to supervise and provide all logistical needs of the Fellow including office space and supplies. Fellowship Projects

Selection criteria include:

Projects which provide direct legal services to low-income and underserved individuals, including intake, client and witness interviews, courtroom advocacy and legal research and writing.

Projects which provide community education and outreach. Projects which advocate for more just and humane immigration laws and policies.


Fellowship recipients must meet the following criteria: Law students enrolled in law school program. Demonstrated commitment to social justice and/or immigrants' rights issues.

Application Requirements

A complete application will include the following items: cover letter; completed application form (parts I & II); letter of support from the host organization, including information about the organization, the work the Fellow will be doing and the name of the person responsible for supervising the Fellow); and applicant's resume.

THE 2013 APPLICATION PERIOD IS NOW OPEN.  Click the link above for further information about the application process.


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