Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Pro Bono Days of Service for Naturalizing Citizens


Under Executive Order 14012, Restoring Faith in Our Legal Systems and Strengthening Integration and Inclusion Efforts for New Americans, USCIS is chairing an interagency naturalization working group and is working with governmental and private sector partners on a strategy to overcome barriers to citizenship and promote naturalization. A key component of the strategy involves building stronger local level community partnerships and offering free educational resources to service providers.

In order to assist the more than 9.1 million lawful permanent residents who are eligible to apply for citizenship, USCIS is looking to partner with law schools and legal clinics to promote and foster pro bono “Days of Service” for naturalization applicants. USCIS proposes to kick-off this initiative at a few locations for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on January 17. USCIS would like to see the initial pilot then expanded to locations around the country, encouraging day or week long naturalization-focused pro bono legal clinics, perhaps tied to key calendar dates, including but not limited to President’s Day, Citizenship Day and/or Constitution Week.

USCIS will provide a virtual training and overview of the N-400 application for legal service providers on Wednesday January 12 at 2 pm EST for those interested in hosting pro bono legal clinics on or around January 17. If your law school is interested in participating in this initiative, please contact USCIS Senior Advisor and Chair of the Naturalization Working Group, Kelly Ryan at Kelly.Ryan@uscis.dhs.gov.

MHC (h/t Lenni Benson)

December 14, 2021 in Immigration Law Clinics | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, November 20, 2021

Two Notre Dame Law students help mother and daughter win asylum

Two Notre Dame Law students help mother and daughter win asylum

A mother and daughter have been granted asylum in the U.S. after fleeing gender violence in Latin America, thanks in part to Notre Dame Law School students Jacquelyn Aguirre and Elizabeth Wentross.

Aguirre and Wentross, both second-year law students, are participants in this semester’s National Immigrant Justice Center externship. Through the externship, students are given real-world opportunities to practice their legal skills while changing the lives of their clients.

Click the link above for details.


November 20, 2021 in Current Affairs, Immigration Law Clinics | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, October 28, 2021

Clinical Faculty Appointment: Director of the International Human Rights Clinic

Stanford Law School invites applications for the position on its clinical faculty of Director of its International Human Rights Clinic (IHRC). The appointment will begin in the 2022-2023 academic year.

The IHRC is one of ten clinical programs making up the Mills Legal Clinic at Stanford Law School. The IHRC will provide students opportunities to work as lawyers, on behalf of the clinic’s clients, on human rights projects such as investigation, advocacy, and litigation. We anticipate that the IHRC’s work will mirror the approach of practicing human rights attorneys, employ a range of lawyering methods, and reflect a thoughtful engagement with best practices of international human rights lawyering.

The IHRC Director will have the opportunity to develop a vision for the direction of the clinic, and the particular matters to be handled by the IHRC will be determined by the Clinic Director. Decisions about the overall direction of the IHRC’s work will be made in consultation with the Law School’s Director of Clinical Education and the Law School’s clinical faculty.

All of the clinics at Stanford Law School operate on a full-time basis, with the expectation that each clinic is offered full-time in two out of three quarters that make up the academic year. Students enrolled in the IHRC (typically 8-10 students) will devote a full quarter (approximately 12 weeks) to the work of the Clinic on a full-time basis (i.e., enrolled in no other classes). At the director’s discretion, some students may continue on as Advanced Clinic students, depending on the circumstances.

Duties of the Director of the IHRC include:

  • Developing the clinic’s operating plan;
  • Directly supervising Stanford law students;
  • Identifying and developing clients;
  • Managing all projects and clients;
  • Developing the curriculum for the IHRC;
  • Hiring, supervising and collaborating with a Clinical Supervising Attorney;
  • Supervising and collaborating with Clinic support staff;
  • Teaching the clinical seminar during the two quarters each academic year that the clinic is working with sets of new students;
  • Collaborating with clinical and other faculty at the Law School;
  • Attending conferences and interacting with faculty at other institutions;
  • Participating in faculty governance at the Law School (depending on the status of the appointment, as discussed below);
  • Participating with other clinical faculty in the governance of the Mills Legal Clinic; and
  • Acting as liaison with the public and the Law School community.

We expect that the appointment as Director of the IHRC will be accompanied, depending on experience, by either an appointment as a Professor of Law within the Law School’s clinical-tenure structure or by an appointment on track to clinical tenure.

We seek candidates with the following qualifications:

  • Distinguished practice experience for at least five years as an international human rights lawyer;
  • Demonstrated excellence in clinical teaching (or the supervision of law students) or demonstrated potential for such excellence in teaching or supervision;
  • Strong commitment to clinical education;
  • An academic record that demonstrates the capacity to be an active participant in the Law School’s academic community as well as the international human rights and clinical education communities;
  • Membership in the California State Bar, or a willingness to take the examination necessary for admission as soon as possible (prior to supervision of students);
  • Excellent writing and analytic skills;
  • Experience and ability to direct complex projects;
  • Ability to work in a self-directed and entrepreneurial environment; and
  • A track record of working well in a collegial environment.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume (with at least three references) to Jayashri Srikantiah, Associate Dean of Clinical Education, Stanford Law School, via the following email address: millsclinic@law.stanford.edu.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled but applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their materials by December 3, 2021.

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identify, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job.

Online posting here.


October 28, 2021 in Current Affairs, Immigration Law Clinics | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, October 25, 2021

VIISTA online certificate training to represent asylees/refugees

Michele R. Pistone, Professor of Law at Villanova, shares that registration is open for an online certificate training program to teach immigration law and practice. The Villanova Interdisciplinary Immigration Studies Training for Advocates (VIISTA) program trains students to become immigrant advocates ready to serve migrants and refugees without requiring a JD. So far VISSTA graduates have been serving refugees and Afghan asylum seekers, among other types of work.

The program was developed to increase representation for immigrants, who are not guaranteed rights to court appointed lawyers in immigration court, by educating legal advocates (akin to nurse practitioners in health care). Graduates will be eligible, under existing regulations, to apply to become Department of Justice “accredited representatives,” authorized to provide low-cost legal representation to migrant and refugee families when they work for DOJ "recognized organizations."


  • Learn from renowned faculty at the forefront of immigration and advocacy
  • Develop practical skills in immigrant advocacy
  • Explore immigration law and practice
  • Gain insights into why people migrate
  • Transform the legal services experience for migrants and refugees

Founder Pistone reports that some VIISTA students tend to fall in 3 categories: PhD students or college professors who want to learn about immigration law to supplement their own teaching and or research, retiring lawyers who want to spend their retirement years volunteering with immigrant serving organizations, and staff members who work with immigrant communities or in service-learning programs on campus.

Here is a link to the website for more information and registration, immigrantadvocate.villanova.edu. Here is an article about VIISTA from the Chronicle of Higher Education. And here is an article about the critical results of representation from Vera Institute


October 25, 2021 in Conferences and Call for Papers, Immigration Law Clinics | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, October 4, 2021

Announcing the 2022-2024 asylum law clinical fellowship 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 2022‑June 2024), providing a unique opportunity to learn how to teach law in a clinical setting.

At CALS, the 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.

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.

Former holders of this fellowship include Mary Brittingham (1995-97), Andrea Goodman (1996-98), Michele Pistone (1997-99), Rebecca Story (1998-2000), Virgil Wiebe (1999-2001), Anna Marie Gallagher (2000-02), Regina Germain (2001-2003), Dina Francesca Haynes (2002-2004), Diane Uchimiya (2003-2005), Jaya Ramji-Nogales (2004-2006), Denise Gilman (2005-2007), Susan Benesch (2006-2008), Kate Aschenbrenner (2007-2009), Anjum Gupta (2008-2010), Alice Clapman (2009-2011) Geoffrey Heeren (2010-2012), Heidi Altman (2011-2013), Laila Hlass (2012-2014), Lindsay Harris (2013-2015), Jean C. Han (2014-2016), Rebecca Feldmann (2015-2017), Pooja Dadhania (2016-2018), Karen Baker (2017-2019), Faiza Sayed (2018-2020) and Deena Sharuk (2019 -2021).  The current fellows are Alison Coutifaris and Jocelyn B. Cazares. 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, 2021. 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; and f) 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.


October 4, 2021 in Current Affairs, Immigration Law Clinics | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, July 12, 2021

Advocacy in Immigration Matters Public Service Program application

CLINIC and the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) are partnering for the sixth year to offer the “Advocacy in Immigration Matters” Public Service Program, an online “learning by doing” training for attorneys and fully accredited representatives who work full-time at non-profit organizations. This training will benefit immigrant rights advocates who have limited immigration court advocacy and want to establish a solid foundation in litigation skills through an intensive training experience with meaningful feedback from experienced litigators and seasoned immigration practitioners, including a retired immigration judge.

The training will take place on Tuesday, August 17th from 2-3:30 p.m. ET and August 18, 2021 - August 20, 2021 from 12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET each day.

To learn more about this training and access the application here. CLINIC will choose 28 participants with a maximum of four participants from the same non-profit organization. CLINIC will prioritize applicants who are based in California and work for non-profits funded by the California Department of Social Services. 

Important Dates

July 19, 2021: Please submit the online application by 11:59 p.m. ET.

July 20, 2021: CLINIC will select participants and inform applicants of their application status by 11:59 p.m. ET.

August 3, 2021: If selected, submit the $500 tuition fee (not applicable to CDSS network applicants) and sign a certification affirming 1. full-time employment at a non-profit organization where your exclusive focus is on immigration cases, and 2. an understanding of the attendance expectations.

For questions, follow up with Michelle Mendez.


July 12, 2021 in Conferences and Call for Papers, Immigration Law Clinics | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, May 28, 2021

Immigration Article of the Day: Downsizing the Deportation State by Jennifer Lee Koh


Downsizing the Deportation State by Jennifer Lee Koh, Harvard Law & Policy Review, Forthcoming

JENNIFER LEE KOH, University of Washington School of Law, University of California, Irvine School of Law
Email: jenniferleekoh@gmail.com


The contemporary deportation state – referring to the federal administrative infrastructure for enforcing the immigration laws through deportation and detention –has grown significantly over the past several presidential administrations. During the Trump era, the deportation state engaged in spectacles of cruelty against immigrants and received encouragement from blatantly anti-immigrant rhetoric from the president. However, its overall growth also reflected an extension of past practice from prior administrations. In this Essay, I argue that the Biden Administration should not only pursue an immigration agenda that seeks to reverse Trump-era immigration policies and enact legislative immigration reform—which it has expressed a commitment to doing—but should also seek to downsize the deportation state. To do so, it should place particular attention on how agency funding, management of the bureaucracy, and relationships with subfederal and private entities might impact successive presidents’ capacity to engage in mass deportation and detention.


May 28, 2021 in Current Affairs, Immigration Law Clinics | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Immigration Article of the Day: Michele Goodwin & Erwin Chemerinsky, Trump Administration: Immigration, Racism & Covid-19


From the Legal Theory blog:

Michele Goodwin (University of California, Irvine School of Law) & Erwin Chemerinsky (University of California, Berkeley - School of Law) have posted Trump Administration: Immigration, Racism & Covid-19 (University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Vol. 169, No. 2, 2021) on SSRN.  Here is the abstract:

Two of the most important issues defining the Trump Administration were the President’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the Administration’s dealing with immigration issues. These have been regarded, in the popular press and in the scholarly literature, as unrelated. But there is a key common feature in the Trump Administration’s response: racism and xenophobia has shaped both the handling of the public health crisis and immigration issues. Understanding the underlying basis for the Trump Administration’s reaction to both issues helps to clarify the fallacies, indeed the tragedies in its actions, and the legal errors that have been made.


May 19, 2021 in Current Affairs, Immigration Law Clinics, Law Review Articles & Essays | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, May 17, 2021

Immigration Article of the Day, Critical Interviewing, by Laila Hlass and Lindsay Muir Harris

The Immigration Article of the Day is Critical Interviewing, forthcoming in the Utah Law Review, by Professors Laila Hlass and Lindsay Muir Harris. Here is the abstract:

Critical lawyering—also at times called rebellious, community and movement lawyering—attempts to further social justice alongside impacted communities. While much has been written about the contours of this form of lawyering and case examples illustrating core principles, little has been written about the mechanics of teaching critical lawyering skills. This Article seeks to expand critical lawyering theory, and in doing so provides an example of a pedagogical approach to teaching what we term “critical interviewing.” Critical interviewing means using an intersectional lens to collaborate with clients, communities, interviewing partners, and interpreters in a legal interview. Critical interviewers identify and take into account historical and structural biases, privileges, and the role they play in the attorney-client relationship.

This Article urges law professors and legal professionals to operationalize critical legal theories into practice, and ultimately to develop experiential pedagogies to teach these critical lawyering skills. This call to developing new pedagogies is particularly urgent in the wake of nationwide uprisings in response to the killing of George Floyd and others, as well as corresponding law schools’ commitments to identify and dismantle institutional racism. In this Article, we first set forth the contours of the canonical client interviewing pedagogy. Second, we outline the tenets of critical lawyering—a lawyering practice animated by critical legal theories. Next, we advance the pedagogy of critical interviewing, building upon client-centered lawyering texts. We describe one methodology of teaching critical interviewing: the Legal Interviewing and Language Access films. Ideally positioned to use with virtual learning, these videos raise a multitude of issues, including addressing bias and collaborating with clinic partners, interpreters, and clients. Finally, the Article considers areas ripe for further exploration within critical interviewing, concluding with a call for engagement with new pedagogical tools to teach critical interviewing, along with other aspects of critical lawyering.


May 17, 2021 in Immigration Law Clinics, Law Review Articles & Essays | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, May 10, 2021

Shelter from the Storm: Policy Options to Address Climate Induced Displacement from the Northern Triangle

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Shelter from the Storm: Policy Options to Address Climate Induced Displacement from the Northern Triangle is an April 2021 report from the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program, the Harvard Law School Immigration Project, the University Network for Human Rights, the Yale Immigrant Justice Project, and the Yale Environmental Law Association. The report is 64 pages, double spaced, with more than 20 pages of end notes.

Here is the executive summary (with end notes omitted; emphasis in original):

The planet is experiencing climate change. The most recent decade has been the warmest ever recorded. Indeed, we have already surpassed the level of atmospheric carbon dioxide considered safe by the most esteemed scientists in the field. As the impacts of climate change continue to be felt around the world, experts predict that climate change will lead to massive movements of people within and across borders, including into the United States. Experts estimate that climate change could displace over 200 million people by 2050. Extreme weather events, climate-related disasters, gradual environmental degradation, sinking coastal zones, and sea level rise will continue to amplify existing stressors and contribute to internal and cross- border movement by rendering currently inhabited parts of the world less habitable.

The Northern Triangle—the area that includes Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras— is among the world’s most vulnerable regions. Due to their geographic location and widespread socio-economic inequality, Northern Triangle countries are highly vulnerable to climate-related impacts. Studies identify food insecurity, recurring droughts, decline in agricultural production, increased susceptibility to disease, and water scarcity as main drivers of climate displacement. Overall disruptions in the climate system result in significant economic losses for smallholder farmers, including those producing coffee, corn, and beans. Soil degradation, accelerated by a changing climate, will also likely contribute to displacement, as it already has in Guatemala. Meanwhile, coastal areas face an increase in sea level rise and destruction of local mangrove ecosystems, which threaten communities that depend on fishing.

Last year, Hurricanes Iota and Eta ravaged the Northern Triangle region, causing massive flooding and rain. The convergence of the hurricanes’ impact, the COVID-19 pandemic, and pre-existing socioeconomic vulnerabilities are expected to worsen food insecurity due to extensive impacts on agriculture, livestock, and rural livelihoods, in addition to the threat that vector-borne diseases pose to human health in the aftermath of the storm. These impacts will contribute to the already deteriorating environmental situation that is driving people from their homes into urban centers and towards the United States. Experts project that climate change will displace up to 3.9 million people across Mexico and Central America by 2050.

In recent years, migration from Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador has also increased significantly as a result of gender-based and gang violence, as well as economic and political instability, among other factors. An unprecedented number of families and unaccompanied minors have been forced to flee their homes and seek asylum in the United States.

The long history of U.S. military intervention, drug enforcement, and counterinsurgency policies in Central America has contributed greatly to the destabilization of governments in the region, adversely affecting their ability to respond to climate and other conditions. Deepening economic inequality and ongoing violence stemming from this long history of U.S. intervention has upended the lives of many people in the region.

As one of the world’s greatest emitters of greenhouse gases, the United States has disproportionately contributed to the world’s climate crisis. Thus, the United States must reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help fund climate change adaptation measures for highly vulnerable countries. In addition, we must improve our current migration policies to ensure that those who must migrate can do so with security and dignity.

The United States bears a special responsibility to the region, given its role in creating and fomenting violence there. The United States government has ignored its own research findings and opted for a law enforcement approach to curb migration flows. While the Biden Administration has taken steps in the right direction by requiring several agencies to prepare a report on climate change and its impact on migration, much more is needed to properly tackle this complex issue.

This white paper examines the large-scale ongoing and future migration of residents of the Northern Triangle. It considers the protections, under U.S. law and international refugee law, afforded those fleeing environmental disaster. First, this paper analyzes the impacts of climate change on migration. Second, the paper focuses on climate change in the Northern Triangle region and its relationship to current and future migration flows. Third, the paper addresses the increasing recognition of the relevance of refugee protection for many people affected by climate change. The paper then surveys other provisions in U.S. law that provide avenues for status and protection for those displaced by climate change. Finally, the paper charts a course forward, recommending legislative and administrative measures that would ensure greater protection for those who flee environmental disaster.

In summary, the paper seeks to move current immigration law and policy in a more sensible and humane direction, focusing on how climate change impacts migration, particularly from the Northern Triangle.

Following this executive summary, the report offers general recommendations, provides an introduction to climate change displacement, discusses climate change and the Northern Triangle, examines existing legal avenues for immigration relief, returns to recommendations, and then concludes.


May 10, 2021 in Current Affairs, Data and Research, Immigration Law Clinics | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Teaching Immigration Law: Law School Clinics in the US and UK


On Thursday, March 18, Border Criminologies is hosting a knowledge exchange event for immigration law clinical teachers in the US and UK. The event will feature Linus Chan, Fatma Marouf and Lindsay Harris sharing about their clinic design and teaching approaches,; they will be joined by Judith Carter and Sheona York from the UK.  The event is open to anyone with an interest in clinical education and/or immigration law.

Register at this google link:  Teaching Immigration Law: Law School Clinics in the US and UK (google.com)



March 2, 2021 in Conferences and Call for Papers, Current Affairs, Immigration Law Clinics | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Teaching Immigration Law: Law School Clinics in the US and UK

Border Criminologies is hosting a knowledge exchange event for immigration clinical teachers from the US and UK on March 18, 2021. The link to register is here: Teaching Immigration Law: Law School Clinics in the US and UK (google.com)

Teaching immigration Law event.pdf - use


February 23, 2021 in Conferences and Call for Papers, Immigration Law Clinics | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Summer Fellowships -- Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization at Yale Law School

The Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization of Yale Law School (LSO) invites applications for its 2021 Summer Fellowship program. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. LSO is the main organization at Yale Law School providing legal representation to individuals and organizations in need of legal assistance but unable to afford private attorneys. During the academic year, law students work closely with clinical faculty members to represent clients in a wide range of litigation and non-litigation matters, helping to fill a critical need in legal services delivery for poor and marginalized communities in Connecticut. LSO seeks to hire 16-20 Summer Fellows to work with clinical faculty in order to continue this client representation. These are paid positions, with a salary of $7,080 for 12 weeks of full-time work ($14.75/hour). The Fellowship program will run from May 25 to August 14, 2021, with some flexibility as to individual start and end dates. Part-time work or full-time work for a portion of the Fellowship period may also be possible. The program is open to students who have completed at least two semesters of law school. Students graduating from law school prior to the summer of 2021 are also eligible to apply, as are LLM students. Please note that this is not a course, but a program of summer employment. Due to the pandemic, the program is likely to be online only; Summer Fellows will be advised if in-person work becomes possible.

Summer Fellows can expect to have a range of challenging and rewarding lawyering experiences during the course of their time at LSO, including client interviewing and counseling; factual development of cases; researching and writing legal memoranda; drafting of contracts and other legal instruments; interacting with opposing counsel, government actors, and community stakeholders; and negotiation and alternative dispute resolution. In several of our clinics, students will make court appearances to argue motions or present evidence. Fellows will work under the direct supervision of clinical faculty members and supervising attorneys, and will have significant responsibility for each case or project on which they work. In addition, faculty members will host a weekly series of presentations and discussions for the Fellows on the work of the clinics, public interest lawyering, and other topics of interest.

LSO clinics perform a wide range of exciting work, including litigation in state and federal court and before administrative agencies, transactional work on behalf of community organizations, and policy and legislative advocacy at the local, state, and federal levels. For 2021, LSO seeks Summer Fellows for the following clinics: • Criminal Justice Advocacy Clinic • Challenging Mass Incarceration Clinic • Ludwig Community and Economic Development Clinic • Criminal Justice Clinic • Housing Clinic • Veterans Legal Services Clinic • Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic For more information on the work of each of these clinics, please visit www.law.yale.edu/lso.

Students who are eligible for summer funding from their own sources and who need an early decision on their LSO application to qualify for outside support are encouraged to advise LSO of their situation and to request expedited review of their candidacy.

Interested international students are responsible for obtaining and maintaining the necessary immigration status with work authorization. Interested students should email a cover letter specifying the clinic(s) in which you have an interest (with ranking), a resume, writing sample, unofficial transcript, and contact information for two references to lso.fellowships@yale.edu. (Transcripts, if not immediately available, can be sent after the initial application, but before the submission deadline.) The final deadline to submit application materials is February 26, 2021. Early applications are encouraged. Yale University considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, an individual’s sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a veteran, or national or ethnic origin; nor does Yale discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects people from sex discrimination in educational programs and activities at institutions that receive federal financial assistance. Questions regarding Title IX may be referred to the University’s Title IX Coordinator, at TitleIX@yale.edu, or to the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, 8th Floor, Five Post Office Square, Boston MA 02109-3921. Telephone: 617.289.0111, Fax: 617.289.0150, TDD: 800.877.8339, or Email: ocr.boston@ed.gov.


February 2, 2021 in Current Affairs, Immigration Law Clinics | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, January 22, 2021

PennState Law Fact Sheet on President Biden's Proclamation on Ending Discriminatory Bans on Entry to the United States

PennState Law's Center for Immigrant Rights' Clinic has published a new new Fact Sheet, together with American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Advocate Defend Connect (ADC), and Muslim Advocates. The Fact Sheet discusses the key provisions of President Biden's Proclamation to repeal the bans targeting immigrants from majority Arab, Muslim, and African countries, which was issued on his first day in office, January 20, 2021. The fact sheet is available here


January 22, 2021 in Current Affairs, Immigration Law Clinics | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Job Announcement:  Rutgers Immigrant Rights Clinic seeks Staff Attorney or Senior Staff Attorney 

Job Announcement:  Rutgers Immigrant Rights Clinic seeks Staff Attorney or Senior Staff Attorney 

The Immigrant Rights Clinic at Rutgers Law School in Newark, New Jersey, is seeking to hire an experienced attorney in a full-time Staff Attorney position. Depending on the candidate’s level of experience, the position could be classified as a Senior Staff Attorney position. The start date is flexible, but will ideally be in January or February 2021. We expect this to be a long term position, contingent on renewed funding. The attorney will work with Professor Anju Gupta, Director of the Immigrant Rights Clinic (IRC), and staff attorneys and staff in the clinic’s detention project.   

The Rutgers Immigrant Rights Clinic is one of four partners in an exciting and innovative project, funded by the state of New Jersey and Essex county, to provide legal representation to detained immigrants. The ultimate goal of the project is to provide universal representation to immigrants detained in New Jersey. With this funding, Rutgers has hired a Managing Attorney, an experienced Staff Attorney, a Paralegal, and two post-graduate Detention Fellows, and now seeks to hire an additional experienced attorney. We will also hire an additional paralegal and part-time social worker. The Staff Attorney will represent detained immigrants before the immigration court and Board of Immigration Appeals and/or in habeas petitions before the federal courts (depending on the successful candidate’s interest and experience). The Staff Attorney will also supervise a post-graduate fellow and nonclinical law student interns providing assistance with the project. The position will benefit from the support of a full-time paralegal, devoted exclusively to this project. 

Position requirements: 

  • A law degree; 
  • At least three years’ experience representing immigrants, preferably detained immigrants, before the immigration courts, Board of Immigration Appeals, and the federal courts; 
  • Membership in a bar of any state (NJ bar membership is not required, though it is a plus);  
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team; and 
  • Strong written and oral communication skills (fluency in another language, particularly Spanish, is a plus, though not required).  

This is a full-time, year-round position. The position is not term-limited and will be ongoing, contingent on funding being renewed. The salary is commensurate with experience, but will be at least $80,000, plus excellent benefits through Rutgers University. The Immigrant Rights Clinic is housed at Rutgers Law School in Newark, a short train ride or drive away from New York City. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, but interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, list of references, and unofficial transcript no later than January 21, 2021. The cover letter should address all of the position requirements listed above. To apply, go here.



January 6, 2021 in Current Affairs, Immigration Law Clinics | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, October 12, 2020

§ 1473.7 Motions to Vacate a Conviction or Sentence in California

Immigrant Legal Resource Center | ILRC logo

This new one-pager on § 1473.7 motions explains the basics of this new vehicle for vacating a conviction or sentence in California. Individuals who were not properly advised of the immigration consequences of their plea can qualify to have the conviction or sentence vacated.

For those wanting to learn even more about 1473.7 motions and other types of post-conviction relief, check out this amazing guide by the Immigrant Legal Resource Center and Californians for Safety and Justice.


October 12, 2020 in Immigration Law Clinics, Teaching Resources | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Most Asylum Seekers Have No Legal Counsel. This Villanova Program Trains Non-Lawyers to Step In.

The Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription Required) featured Michele Pistone and her new VIISTA program to train immigrant advocates and accredited representatives.  Click here for more about the program, which "aims to teach practical advocacy skills that will make a meaningful difference in migrant and refugee cases. Students will complete up to three, 14 week-long modules, with the ability to become partially or fully accredited representatives."



October 7, 2020 in Current Affairs, Immigration Law Clinics | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, September 21, 2020

Public Comments due on Administrative Closure Rule

The Department of Justice has issued a notice of proposed rulemkaing that would limit the rights of noncitizens before the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) and immigration court judges. This regulation would eliminate administrative closure for IJs and the BIA, eliminate the BIA and IJs’ sua sponte reopening authority, limit BIA briefing extensions to a maximum of 14 days and require simultaneous briefing by DHS and respondents in all cases, and create a “quality assurance” system through which IJs who don’t like a BIA decision can refer the case directly to EOIR Director McHenry.

Comments are due by September 25, 2020 at regulations.gov.

September 21, 2020 in Current Affairs, Immigration Law Clinics | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

The Collateral Consequences Resource Center Releases a New Report on Restoring Rights and Opportunities after Arrest or Conviction

Today the Collateral Consequences Resource Center released a new report, The Many Roads to Reintegration: A 50-State Report on Laws Restoring Rights and Opportunities after Arrest or Conviction. The report is by Margaret Love and David Schlussel, with an introduction by Professor Gabriel J. Chin. This wonderful new resource provides a comprehensive review of the landscape of laws across the country aimed and restoring rights and opportunities after arrest or conviction. As the authors note, they are "heartened by the progress that has been made toward neutralizing the effect of a criminal record since the present reform effort got underway in a serious fashion less than a decade ago, especially in the last two years."

The report focuses on loss of civil rights, dissemination of damaging record information, and loss of opportunities and benefits. It does not focus on a fourth type of consequence, namely limits on personal freedom including immigration consequences of convictions. Yet, it does include a thorough national discussion of post-conviction record relief, including executive pardons, that will be useful to crim-imm practitioners.

For additional resources on immigration consequences, see https://www.ilrc.org/crimes.


September 8, 2020 in Immigration Law Clinics, Teaching Resources | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, July 24, 2020

August 10 Deadline to Submit Comments on New Proposed Asylum Regulation

A new proposed rule on asylum, titled "Security Bars and Processing," would bar asylum and withholding protections for refugees. Issued by the Departments of Homeland Security and Justice, the proposed rule claims it will “mitigate the risk of a deadly communicable disease being brought to the United States, or being further spread within the country.” The nonprofit organization Human Rights First has criticized the rule, explaining that it “extends the administration’s ongoing illegal efforts to block asylum-seekers under the guise of an order from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on COVID-19 that public health experts have decried as specious and lacking a public health justification.”

You can read the proposed rule here.  For those interested in submitting comments, the comment period ends on August 10, 2020.

An earlier proposed regulation on asylum closed on July 16 and critics submitted nearly 80,000 comments.


July 24, 2020 in Current Affairs, Immigration Law Clinics | Permalink | Comments (0)