Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Report: Punishing Trauma: Incident Reporting and Immigrant Children in Government Custody


Immigrant justice

he Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights and the National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) just issued a new report demonstrating how the federal government’s reliance on “Significant Incident Reports” (SIRs) negatively impacts the well-being of unaccompanied and separated children in federal custody.  "Punishing Trauma: Incident Reporting and Immigrant Children in Government Custodydocuments how SIRs often lead to children’s transfer to more restrictive settings, prolong their stays in federal custody, adversely impact children in their immigration cases, and delay family reunification or acceptance into federally-funded foster care.

This report is based on a survey of dozens of service providers who work directly with unaccompanied and separated children in the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR). In fiscal year 2019, federally funded providers filed more than 100,000 SIR forms about children in custody.  The report recommends a wholesale overhaul of the SIR system away from punitive responses to children’s behavior to one that ensures children receive individualized, trauma-informed care. Our joint Press release is below and here.


September 27, 2022 in Current Affairs, Immigration Law Clinics | Permalink | Comments (0)

University of Denver Sturm College of Law: Call for Applications for Christopher N. Lasch Clinical Teaching Fellow, Immigration Law and Policy Clinic

The University of Denver Sturm College of Law is seeking to hire a Christopher N. Lasch Clinical Teaching Fellow for the Immigration Law and Policy Clinic.  See the full position description at Download Fellowship Posting ILPC Denver Law 2022



September 27, 2022 in Current Affairs, Immigration Law Clinics | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, September 22, 2022

Fellowship Opportunities: Center for Applied Legal Studies at Georgetown Law


The Center for Applied Legal Studies (CALS) at Georgetown Law is now accepting applications for its annual fellowship program in clinical legal education. CALS will offer one lawyer a two‑year teaching fellowship (July 2023‑June 2025), providing a unique opportunity to learn how to teach law in a clinical setting. For the full advertisement, click here.

At CALS, our two fellows and faculty members work as colleagues, sharing responsibilities for designing and teaching classes, supervising law students in their representation of clients, selecting and grading students, administering the clinic, and all other matters. In addition, the fellow will undertake independent legal scholarship, conducting the research and writing to produce a law review article of publishable quality.

This fellowship is particularly suitable for lawyers with some degree of practice experience who now want to embark upon careers in law teaching. Most of our previous fellows are now teaching law or have done so for substantial portions of their careers.

Since 1995, CALS has specialized in immigration law, specifically in asylum practice, and in immigration court and in asylum adjudications by the Department of Homeland Security. Applicants with experience in U.S. immigration law will therefore be given preference. The fellow must be a member of a bar at the start of the fellowship period; therefore, this fellowship is not suitable for current law students.

The fellow will receive full tuition and fees in the LL.M. program at Georgetown University, and a stipend of 57,000 in the first year and 60,000 in the second year. On successful completion of the requirements, the Fellow will be granted the degree of Master of Laws (Advocacy) with distinction.

The faculty members directing CALS are Andrew Schoenholtz and Philip Schrag.

To apply, send a resume, an official or unofficial law school transcript, a writing sample, and a detailed statement of interest (approximately 5 pages). The materials must arrive by December 1, 2022. The statement should address: a) why you are interested in this fellowship; b) what you can contribute to the Clinic; c) your experience with asylum and other immigration cases; d) your professional or career goals for the next five or ten years; e) your reactions to the Clinic’s goals and teaching methods as described on its website anything else that you consider pertinent. Address your application to Directors, Center for Applied Legal Studies, Georgetown Law, 600 New Jersey Avenue, NW, Suite 332, Washington, D.C. 20001, or electronically to lawcalsclinic@georgetown.edu.



September 22, 2022 in Current Affairs, Immigration Law Clinics | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Yale Law School: Clinical Positions


Yale Law School invites applications for a full-time visiting clinical faculty position of one semester or an academic year to teach one or more law school clinics. The position would begin with the Fall 2023 or Spring 2024 Semester. A successful visit will lead to consideration for a tenure-track or tenured clinical faculty position. There is no limitation as to clinical practice areas.

Applicants should have a J.D. degree or its equivalent and a minimum of five years of practice experience. The ideal candidate will have, in addition to a record of, or demonstrated potential for, clinical teaching, a record of intellectual engagement; experience teaching, training, and supervising students or junior attorneys in a clinical or other experiential learning setting; excellent supervisory and communication skills; the ability to work effectively with students, project partners, and other constituents; an interest in developing clinical experiences for students within a community that supports interdisciplinary collaboration and innovative, passionate teaching; and a record of scholarly publication or creative applied work.

To apply, please submit a letter of interest, resume, and list of three references to Professor Anika Singh Lemar, Chair, Clinical Appointments Committee, at anika.lemar@yale.edu, and copy Nina Fattore, nina.fattore@yale.edu. The letter of interest should include a description of the clinic you intend to teach. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. More information about clinical legal education at Yale Law School can be found here..


August 24, 2022 in Current Affairs, Immigration Law Clinics | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, July 30, 2022

How A Law Prof Is Training Non-Attys As Immigrant Advocates


Marco Poggio for Law360 has a nice story about Immigration Law Professor Michele Pistone:

"As a law professor who routinely took her students to immigration courts for field work, Michele R. Pistone was irked to see how many noncitizens went unrepresented. . . . After obtaining a grant from Villanova, Pistone and a group of faculty designers including lawyers, professors and judges developed the idea into an academic program, now in its third year. The online program, called Villanova's Interdisciplinary Immigrations Studies Training for Advocates — or VIISTA for short — currently enrolls about 90 students from 42 states, with ages ranging from 21 to 85"



July 30, 2022 in Current Affairs, Immigration Law Clinics | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Fellowship at Michigan State University College of Law Immigration Law Clinic


Michigan State University College of Law invites applications for a two-year fellowship in its Immigration Law Clinic.  Click here for details.


July 19, 2022 in Current Affairs, Immigration Law Clinics | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, June 23, 2022

Systemic Racism in the U.S. Immigration Laws

In 1998, the Indiana Law Journal published my analysis of race and the U.S. immigration laws.  The Journal just published my latest article on the topic.  (A teaser for the article can be found here.).  The article is based on, and inspired by, my remarks in April 2021 at the Jerome Hall Lecture at Indiana University Maurer School of Law

This Essay analyzes how aggressive activism in a California mountain town at the tail end of the nineteenth century commenced a chain reaction resulting in state and ultimately national anti-Chinese immigration laws. The constitutional immunity through which the Supreme Court upheld those laws deeply affected the future trajectory of U.S. immigration law and policy.

Responding to sustained political pressure from the West, Congress in 1882 passed the Chinese Exclusion Act, an infamous piece of unabashedly racist legislation that commenced a long process of barring immigration from all of Asia to the United States. In upholding the Act, the Supreme Court in an extraordinary decision that jars modern racial sensibilities declared that Congress possessed “plenary power”—absolute authority—over immigration and that racist immigration laws were immune from judicial review of their constitutionality.

The bedrock of U.S. immigration jurisprudence for more than a century and never overruled by the Supreme Court, the plenary power doctrine permits the treatment of immigrants in racially discriminatory ways consistent with the era of Jim Crow but completely at odds with modern constitutional law. The doctrine enabled President Trump, a fierce advocate of tough-as-nails immigration measures, to pursue the most extreme immigration program of any modern president, with
devastating impacts on noncitizens of color.

As the nation attempts to grapple with the Trump administration’s brutal treatment of immigrants, it is an especially opportune historical moment to reconsider the plenary power doctrine. Ultimately, the commitment to remove systemic racism from the nation’s social fabric requires the dismantling of the doctrine and meaningful constitutional review of the immigration laws. That, in turn, would open the possibilities to the removal of systemic racial injustice from
immigration law and policy.


June 23, 2022 in Current Affairs, Immigration Law Clinics | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, April 18, 2022

Immigration Article of the Day: Racial Borders  by E.Tendayi Achiume

Racial Borders  by E. Tendayi Achiume, Georgetown Law Journal (2022 Forthcoming)


This Article explores the conceptualization of race and racial justice in relation to international borders in dominant liberal democratic discourse and theory of First World nation-states. It advances two analytical claims. The first is that contemporary national borders of the international order—an order that remains structured by imperial inequity—are inherently racial. The default of liberal borders is racialized inclusion and exclusion that privileges “Whiteness” in international mobility and migration. This racial privilege inheres in the facially neutral legal categories and regimes of territorial and political borders, and in international legal doctrine. The second is that central to theorizing the system of neocolonial racial borders is understanding race itself as border infrastructure. That is to say, race operates as a means of enforcement of liberal territorial and political borders, and as a result, international migration governance is also a mode of racial governance. Normatively, the Article outlines the specific relational injustices of racial borders.


April 18, 2022 in Current Affairs, Immigration Law Clinics | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, March 28, 2022

Guest Post: Opening the Border but Shutting the Door by Professor Raquel Aldana


Last week, we posted about a group of UC Davis students  who spent spring break helping migrants in Tijuana, Mexico.  This guest post offers some impressions about the trip.


Opening the Border but Shutting the Door

Raquel Aldana, Professor of Law, UC Davis

I sat across a group of Haitians at a small restaurant in Tijuana, La Antigüita Tamales. King Hall students had just finished legal consultations with them about their prospects for asylum in the U.S. We shared a meal and greeted each other as they talked amongst themselves in Creole. One of them asked me in good Spanish if I was with the group from the U.S. I nodded. Next week they will open the border, he said, and I will seek asylum. I smiled meekly and engaged him with his story. It weighed heavily on me to have to explain to him the many reasons why the predicted end of Title 42 (not official yet I cautioned him) would unlikely alter the course of his fate. But it seemed like since our arrival, my students and I could offer little hope to most asylum seekers that an open border meant an open door, at least to them.  

That morning alone I met two Mexican families facing terror in their own country. One young couple, with five young children, fled when a group threatened to kill them and their children. It proved too much when constant images of mutilated children landed on their phone daily for their alleged failure to pay a debt which had quadrupled in weeks when the terms of repayment shifted, and exuberant interests kicked in. Another mother was with her 22-year-old son who just two weeks ago had been kidnapped and tortured by a cartel and then released only to warn his family they would be killed if he and his younger brother failed to join them.  I tried my hardest to help these families prepare for an eventual credible fear interview. Attempting to fit their terror into the constraints of the nexus requirement proved frustrating and inhumane. For the parents, the why these cartels chose them and their children to terrorize seemed both irrelevant and obvious. I agreed. And yet, explaining the obvious, that these groups target the most vulnerable among them simply because they can, would not suffice under the immigration definition of particular social group. As we struggled together to construct a plausible particular social group, what should have been a slam dunk case became a low probability of success for U.S. asylum.        

Increasingly, most asylum seekers who fail to meet a dated and strict definition of asylum face cruel barriers and terrible odds even when they are allowed to make a claim. In El Salvador yesterday, a gang-related killing spree left 62 murdered in the streets in a single day. Most were vendors and other poor souls caught up in the terrible violence the government cannot or will not control. Neither the rates of the killings nor their cruelty was at all different from what Salvadoreans endured during the country’s other civil war. But then and now, Salvadoreans and Mexicans and Haitians and Guatemalans and Hondurans and many others facing so-called private forms of generalized terror encounter shut doors for asylum when they arrive at our borders. Remember when U.S. law turned a blind eye to domestic violence directed at women because it was so-called, a private sphere? This is not different. But there is nothing private about the violence asylum seekers from these nations are enduring. Their terror is in full public display and the root causes of it comes with public dirty hands, with our own nation bearing blame.

Our violent borders and our wars on drugs, fought inside and throughout the American hemisphere, are but two reasons why the U.S. government cannot simply dismiss the terror in these countries as privatized forms of violence we can ignore.

I set out to write a more celebratory blog. The past three days have been intense and, yet, during it, the enormous talent and commitment of eight King Hall students who traveled to Tijuana has been on full display. Over three days, Pamela, Jennifer, Michael, Vannalee, Monica, Lorena, Jazmine and Ivette met with over 150 migrants, some hoping to seek asylum, other hoping to return to their families and home after deportation. We came here with open eyes. We knew we would bear witness to trauma. We also knew we came bearing little hope from law. Despite this, the students did an amazing job with what they had and provided an enormous help to migrants. Sunday afternoon, for example, only two MPP cases remained; a Nicaraguan and a Colombian asylum seeker had hearings in two days, neither of them had lawyers. Over several hours, our students sat with them and helped draft a pro se case of how best to assert their claims. Each of our students has a story like that to share. They will share some of these stories and the insights they gleaned from their time in Tijuana on April 4 at Noon at King Hall, Room 1301 or over zoom. You can register here.

I want to close by acknowledging the heroes and sheroes we met in Tijuana. Among them, three amazing individuals deported from the US, Ester, Danny and Pricila, now run shelters, provide food, and otherwise support the legal and social needs of migrants. Our students fundraised for this cause, and we are sending donations to them to help them with their labor. It is not too late to add your grain of salt. You can do so here.  Finally, I want to thank Robert Irwin whose Humanizing Deportation Project set the stage for our work in Tijuana. I also want to thank King Hall for funding student travel, and the many other entities at UC Davis, like the Office for Public Scholarship and Engagement and the Global Migration Center for their amazing support. 





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March 28, 2022 in Current Affairs, Immigration Law Clinics | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, March 19, 2022

University of Minnesota Law Immigration & Human Rights Clinical Fellow


The University of Minnesota Law School is seeking applicants for a fellowship co-teaching the Immigration and Human Rights Clinic, part of the James H. Binger Center for New Americans.  The fellowship will begin in the summer of 2022 and is anticipated to be a three-year commitment.  The fellowship will offer the opportunity to provide high-quality representation to clients seeking asylum and related protections from persecution, and to prepare the fellow for further work in this area, whether in a law school clinical setting, in a non-profit legal services organization, or in private practice.

Applications will be accepted through Tuesday, April 5, 2022. Review of applications will begin March 30, 2022, with the goal of having the individual hired to begin in July 2022.
The  Immigration & Human Rights Clinical Fellow position description and application can be found on the University of Minnesota Employment website, Job ID 346758. Direct link for External Applicants and for Internal Applicants 

March 19, 2022 in Current Affairs, Immigration Law Clinics | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, March 18, 2022

Minnesota Law to Unveil Racial Justice Clinic

The ABA Journal reports that the University of Minnesota Law School has hired a clinical law professor to open a Racial Justice Law Clinic.  Liliana Zaragoza, an assistant counsel with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, will be leading the law school’s Racial Justice Law Clinic, scheduled to open in fall 2022.

Here is part of the offficial announcement:

"The eyes of the world have been on Minnesota recently as a historic racial reckoning has unfolded in the state and across the country. People and organizations continue to advocate for justice and change in Minnesota, confronting stark racial inequalities and persistent violence against communities of color. A new legal clinic at Minnesota Law aims to target deeply embedded, systemic racial inequalities and discrimination while training future lawyers to make an impact on this critical work.  

The Racial Justice Law Clinic will launch in fall 2022, serving as an avenue for Minnesota Law students and faculty to tackle discriminatory practices and fight for individuals and communities facing race-based oppression. The clinic will be headed by Liliana Zaragoza, a newly appointed associate clinical professor of law who most recently worked as an assistant counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF). 

The clinic will aim to make a difference in numerous areas, including the criminal legal system, voting rights, education, employment, and housing. With a deep commitment to creating a more just society, the Law School and its new clinic will give students and faculty another vehicle for pursuing racial justice and equity, says Garry W. Jenkins, dean and William S. Pattee Professor of Law. "


March 18, 2022 in Current Affairs, Immigration Law Clinics | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

From the Bookshelves: Teaching Migration and Asylum Law (2022)

Teaching Migration

Teaching Migration and Asylum Law (eds. Richard Grimes, Vera Honuskova, and Urich Stege 2022)

A new teaching bible focuses attention on experiential education in refugee and asylum law. Essays include Richard Boswell, Megan Ballard, and Stacy Caplow's chapter on "learning and teaching immigration law through law school clinical programs" and Ulrich Stege on "clinical legal education as a basis for holistic study." Other clinical teaching models hail from Autralia, to the Mediterranean, to Scotland. Simulations and moot courts are other experiential methods that round out this thoughtful, wide-reaching volume.

Here is the publisher's abstract:

This highly topical book demonstrates the theoretical and practical importance of the study of migration law. It outlines approaches that may be taken in the design, delivery and evaluation of this study in law schools and universities to ensure an optimum level of learning.

Drawing on examples of best practice from around the world, this book uses a theoretical framework and examples from real clients and simulations to help promote the learning and teaching of the law affecting migrants. It showcases contributions from over 20 academics and practitioners experienced in asylum and immigration law and helps to unpick how to teach the complex international laws and procedures relating to migration between different countries and regions. The different sections of the book explore educational best practice, what content can be covered, different models for teaching and learning, and strategies to deal with challenges.

The book will appeal to scholars, researchers and practitioners of migration and asylum law, those teaching migration law electives and involved in curriculum design, as well as students of international, common and civil law.

March 15, 2022 in Books, Immigration Law Clinics | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, March 4, 2022

University of Minnesota Law School: Immigration Litigation Fellowship with the Federal Immigration Litigation Clinic


Walter F. Mondale Hall, home of the law school on the University of Minnesota's West Bank Campus.

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

The University of Minnesota Law School is seeking applicants who are recent law graduates for an Immigration Litigation Fellowship with the Federal Immigration Litigation Clinic, which is part of the James H. Binger Center for New Americans. The fellowship will begin in August 2022, is anticipated to be a two-year commitment, but may potentially be extended to a third year. The fellowship will prepare the Immigration Litigation Fellow for a career providing noncitizens with high-quality, high-impact representation in federal and administrative courts, whether in a non-profit, academic, or private practice setting. The Immigration Litigation Fellow will be mentored and supervised by the Director of the Federal Immigration Litigation Clinic and will be engaged in clinical casework and clinical case supervision.

Please see the attached posting for additional details and instructions, and please share on your networks and with qualified candidates.

Applications will be accepted until Friday, March 25, 2022. Review of applications will begin March 21, 2022. The goal is to have the individual hired to begin in August 2022.

1. Select the link to access our careers site.  
2. Sign in to access your account or if you are not an existing user select the New User link to create one.  
3. Review the job description and select the Apply button to begin your application.

If you are a current employee of our organization please use this link instead.


March 4, 2022 in Current Affairs, Immigration Law Clinics | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, February 16, 2022

Job Announcement:  Rutgers Immigrant Rights Clinic seeks DDDI Fellow

Job Announcement:  Rutgers Immigrant Rights Clinic seeks DDDI Fellow

The Immigrant Rights Clinic at Rutgers Law School in Newark, New Jersey (IRC), is seeking to hire recent law graduates for full-time positions in its Detention & Deportation Defense Initiative (DDDI) project, to start in the summer or early fall of 2022. The initial appointment is for one year, but we expect the position to be renewed for a second year, contingent on continued funding. The DDDI Fellow will work with Professor Anju Gupta, Director of the IRC, Managing Attorney Leena Khandwala, and staff attorneys in the DDDI project. The DDDI team is also supported by a full-time paralegal, devoted exclusively to this project.

In 2018, the state of New Jersey committed funds to establish a pilot project aimed at providing pro bono legal representation to detained immigrants in the state. The IRC is one of four partners in this exciting and innovative project. Since 2018, the funding and capacity of the DDDI project has expanded greatly, allowing us to move closer to our goal of ensuring legal representation for all low-income New Jersey immigrants in detained and non-detained removal proceedings. The DDDI Fellow will represent detained immigrants as well as those immigrants who have been recently released from detention and/or are vulnerable to being detained, in their proceedings before the Elizabeth, Newark, and other Immigration Courts; the Board of Immigration Appeals; the federal District Courts; and the federal Courts of Appeals, as appropriate. The DDDI Fellow will also coordinate clinical and nonclinical law students representing these individuals or providing assistance the project. Additionally, the DDDI Fellow will assist with maintaining data about DDDI Project outcomes and statistics for grant reports and other reporting purposes and may also participate in policy and advocacy around issues pertaining to our clients and constituents.

Position requirements:

  • A law degree;
  • Membership in a bar of any state or plans to become a member of a state bar shortly after commencement of the position;
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team;
  • Strong written and oral communication skills; and
  • Demonstrated commitment to immigration law, including familiarity with immigration law and procedures, and/or experience representing immigrants (including, but not limited to, law school clinical experience).

Preferred Qualifications:

  • NJ bar membership is a plus, though not required; and
  • Fluency in another language, particularly Spanish, is a plus, though not required.

This is a full time, year-round position. The initial appointment is one year, but we expect the position to be renewed for a second year, contingent on continued funding. The salary is $55,000/year plus excellent benefits through Rutgers University. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, but interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume no later than March 15, 2022. The cover letter should address all of the position requirements listed above. To apply, please go here.


February 16, 2022 in Current Affairs, Immigration Law Clinics | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, February 14, 2022

Open Positions at Safe Passage Project


Safe Passage Project is hiring attorneys in its New York City and Long Island Teams. For details click here.


February 14, 2022 in Current Affairs, Immigration Law Clinics | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, February 12, 2022

Staff Attorney, UNLV Immigration Clinic


The UNLV Immigration Clinic seeks a Staff Attorney for a new off-campus Community Advocacy Office in Las Vegas under the umbrella of the UNLV Immigration Clinic. The office will provide free deportation defense primarily to unaccompanied children and immigrants in detention, as well as legal assistance to immigrants in higher education in Nevada.     

Here is more information about the UNLV Immigration Clinic.


February 12, 2022 in Current Affairs, Immigration Law Clinics | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, February 9, 2022

Job Announcement:  Associate Director, Immigration Clinic and Lecturer in Law


Job Announcement:  Associate Director, Immigration Clinic and Lecturer in Law

The link to the portal to apply is here.

The University of Miami School of Law’s Clinical Program is pleased to announce that it is hiring a faculty position as Lecturer in Law and Associate Director of its Immigration Clinic, one of ten clinics offered at Miami Law. The position is anticipated to start in May to mid-August 2022. Applicants will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible and no later than April 30, 2022.

Launched in 2009, the Immigration Clinic represents low-income immigrants in immigration court and before the Board of Immigration Appeals. The clinic engages in affirmative individual and class action litigation in the U.S. District Courts and the U.S. Courts of Appeals.

The Lecturer/Associate Director will join the vibrant and supportive Miami Law clinical program, currently ranked in the top 25 on U.S. News and World Reports list of best clinical training programs. The Lecturer/Associate Director will have the opportunity to work with the Director to articulate a vision to take the Immigration Clinic’s strong foundation to the next level and build on the Clinic’s national reputation. In collaboration with the Director, the Lecturer/Associate Director will run all aspects of the clinic, including teaching clinic classes, supervising students, managing cases and projects, and representing clients. The candidate should have teaching experience or a demonstrated interest in pursuing a career in law school clinical teaching. The Lecturer/Associate Director will have the opportunity to participate in the academic life of the law school and in relevant academic and advocacy conferences.

Click the link above for details.

For more information, please contact Professor Bernard Perlmutter, Chair of the Appointments Committee, at AppointmentsCommittee@law.miami.edu.

To apply for this position, please submit the following materials via the University of Miami employment portal: (1) resume/CV; (2) statement of interest, including career goals and prior experience providing legal services, teaching, and other relevant experience; (3) two recent writing samples; (4) a list of at least three references and their contact information; and (5) a complete law school transcript. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled, however applicants are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible and no later than April 30, 2022.


February 9, 2022 in Current Affairs, Immigration Law Clinics | Permalink | Comments (0)

UVA Clinic Students Win Release for Afghan Client in Complex Immigration Court Case


Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Good news from the University of Virginia School of Law:

"With help from students in the Immigration Law Clinic at the University of Virginia School of Law, an Afghan national who had been imprisoned for three years on a misdemeanor charge was recently freed on bond.

Second-year students Layla Khalid and Jordan Woodlief argued their client’s case at the Arlington Immigration Court and won his release in December.

`From the start, the case was an uphill battle, given that the client had been denied bond on three previous occasions,' said clinic instructor Sophia Gregg, a lawyer with the Legal Aid Justice Center. The case was further complicated by his asylum appeal, currently before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

The client had fled Afghanistan to live in Pakistan as a child due to persecution by the Taliban, and later came to the United States on a student visa in 2015 to seek refuge when the persecution continued, Khalid said. In 2018, he was convicted of a misdemeanor simple assault with a 90-day suspended sentence, but was detained by the Department of Homeland Security at the Farmville Detention Center in Virginia for more than three years."


February 9, 2022 in Current Affairs, Immigration Law Clinics | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, February 8, 2022



 Worker & Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic

 Yale Law School seeks applications for the Robert M. Cover Clinical Fellowship in the Worker & Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic (WIRAC) of the Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization, within Yale Law School’s clinical program. This is a two-year position, with a third-year option, beginning on or about July 1, 2022, designed for lawyers with at least three years of practice who are considering a career in law school teaching.

WIRAC is a year-long, in-house clinic whose students represent immigrants, workers, and their organizations in litigation under labor and employment, immigration, civil rights, and administrative laws; state and local legislative advocacy; and other non-litigation matters.  Illustrative cases include:

  • Class action habeas litigation challenging the prolonged immigration detention of noncitizens with certain criminal convictions;
  • Class action litigation on behalf of immigrant youth challenging the termination of DACA;
  • Representation in federal court under, inter alia, the Federal Tort Claims Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 of a noncitizen with disabilities who was mistreated while in ICE custody;
  • Representation in immigration court, before the Board of Immigration Appeals, and in federal court on behalf of individuals resisting removal;
  • Representation in federal court and before the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities of a large group of workers in a Connecticut manufacturing facility on claims of wage theft and racial discrimination;
  • Representation of a Connecticut interfaith organization in legislative advocacy to advance “clean slate” legislation to automatically expunge criminal records for residents returning from incarceration; and
  • Representation of local labor unions and grassroots worker organizations in a wide range of strategies to enforce collective bargaining agreements, negotiate contracts, organize new workers, and protect the rights of union members under federal and state labor, employment, and health & safety laws.

The Fellow’s responsibilities include the representation of WIRAC clients, supervision of students, assistance in designing and teaching the weekly WIRAC seminar, and work on one’s own scholarship.  In addition, the Fellow may be asked to co-teach a section of a seven-week fall program for first-year students, Introduction to Legal Analysis and Writing.  Candidates must be prepared to apply for admission to the Connecticut bar.  (Candidates may qualify for admission without examination.)  All work will be conducted with the support of the clinical faculty, and will focus on providing legal assistance to low-income and civil rights clients and organizations.  The principal supervisors for the position will be Professors Muneer Ahmad, Marisol Orihuela, and Michael Wishnie.

 The Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization is committed to building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment.  Candidates must be able to work both independently and as part of a team, and must possess strong written and oral communication skills.  Experience in creative and community-driven advocacy is a strong plus.  Annual salary is $75,000-80,000.  Fellows receive health benefits and access to university facilities.  Email a resume, cover letter, writing sample, law school transcript, and names, addresses and telephone numbers of three references by March 7, 2022 (early applications encouraged) to: Jesus Briones, Senior Administrative Assistant, jesus.briones@yale.edu.  Questions may also be directed to Mr. Briones via email or by phone, (203) 432-4800.


February 8, 2022 in Current Affairs, Immigration Law Clinics | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Center for DREAMers provides holistic support for DACA students


Clinical Professor and Director of the Immigrant Justice Clinic at the Law School Erin Barbato,

Immigration Courtside tipped me off to some law school news.

The Gargoyle, the University of Wisconsin Law Schoo's alumni magazine, reports that

"The UW Law School launched a new center to support Wisconsin’s DREAMers . . . . The Center for DREAMers was awarded a grant through the Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment, a competitive grant program that fosters public engagement and the advancement of the Wisconsin Idea.

Clinical Professor and Director of the Immigrant Justice Clinic at the Law School Erin Barbato, together with Erika Rosales of the School of Education, will lead the Center for DREAMers.

The center will serve the approximately 11,000 DREAMers in Wisconsin, working with organizations to coordinate the provision of legal representation, mental and social services, and career and educational counseling to ease the burden of some of the uncertainty experienced by undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children."

The Center's website includes the following Toolkits & Resources for Students, Service Providers & Educators:


January 26, 2022 in Current Affairs, Immigration Law Clinics | Permalink | Comments (0)