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DePaul Students Past and Present Stand by Immigration Clinic Client as He Takes His Oath of Citizenship

Immigration Client with Students
Kelsey Sloop​ (JD '20) and Kelli Fennell (JD '12), pictured, met for the first time in December, 2019 outside of a courtroom in the Dirksen Federal Building. They weren't on opposite sides. They were co-counsel of sorts, although more than eight years apart. Mr. Ramirez, the client they had in common, introduced his current legal representative, Ms. Sloop, to his former one, Ms. Fennell, as part of the team of students who "had fought and fought and fought" for him. Ms. Fennell, now an Associate with Hughes Socol Piers Resnick & Dym, Ltd where she concentrates her practice in the areas of immigration and nationality matters, had represented Mr. Ramirez in Immigration Court in the Asylum and Immigration Law Clinic from 2011-2012. Ms. Fennell and her teammate Katie Calhoun, engaged in extensive preparation, legal research and factual investigation, and after a three hour hearing, the Immigration Judge granted Mr. Ramirez asylum which put him on the path to lawful permanent resident status. Earlier this year, Mr. Ramirez returned to the Clinic seeking assistance with his application for citizenship. Ms. Sloop and her clinic teammate met with Mr. Ramirez, filed his application and when he was scheduled for his hearing on his naturalization application, she prepared him and represented him at the hearing. When Mr. Ramirez was scheduled for his Oath Ceremony on December 10, 2019, his law student representatives, past and present, were eager to be there. Both Ms. Sloop and Ms. Fennell stood by as Mr. Ramirez became a US Citizen.