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Recent Events

Intersection of Public Benefits and Immigration: Final Public Charge Rule

October 4, 2019

The DePaul Asylum and Immigration Law Clinic hosted a training that examined immigrant eligibility for public benefits and how such benefits may be implicated in the final U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services rule on the public charge ground of inadmissibility. The training provided immigration practitioners from Depaul’s Legal Resources Project partners with public benefits knowledge that they will need to conduct their practices in light of this major immigration policy change. The AILC brought in public benefits experts Carrie Chapman of the Legal Council for Health Justice, Kristin Hartsaw of the DuPage Federation for Human Services Reform, and Andrea Kovach of the Shriver Center on Poverty Law to give an overview of key public benefits that are implicated in the final rule. Director of the AILC Sioban Albiol, and staff attorney Nicole Minnis provided a deeper dive into the public charge rule itself. The final rule becomes effective on October 15, 2019. The AILC, along with its partners in the community, will continue to monitor developments relating to the public charge rule, and provide updates and trainings to partners so they can maintain informed immigration practices.

The Asylum and Immigration Law Clinic Receives the Legal Education Award from the ISBA

July 11, 2019

The Committee on Legal Education, Admission and Competence has honored the Asylum and Immigration Law Clinic (“AILC”) with “The Excellence on Legal Education Award,” designed to recognize a law school program that emphasizes real world skill for students. This award is representative of the work that the AILC and students do every semester. AILC has taken community involvement to a new level by building a strong network of legal support for immigrants while teaching law students the expertise they need to become effective lawyers in a specialized field of law.

AILC Leads Training on Responding to Denials from US Citizenship and Immigration Service

June 28, 2019

On June 28, forty-two attorneys and DOJ accredited representatives attended a training hosted by the DePaul Asylum and Immigration Law Clinic on “Responding to Denials from US Citizenship and Immigration Service.” DePaul AILC’s Legal Resources Program partners with over thirty-two community based organizations in Chicago and Illinois and regularly provides trainings, and other services, to our partner organizations’ immigration department staff. Attendees heard from two experienced, Chicago practitioners, Kathryn Weber from Scott Pollock and Associates, P.C., and Amina Najib from Kempster, Corcoran, Quiceno & Lenz-Calvo, Ltd. Kathryn and Amina covered the reasons and law behind common denials, how to unpack those denials, and offered strategies and practice tips on how to respond and best serve clients’ interests and advance justice. Attendees then applied Kathryn and Amina’s information and strategies, working in groups to draft a response to denied naturalization application and denied application for permanent residency. Thank you to Kathryn Weber and Amina Najib for sharing your time, your knowledge and your practical experience with us!

A Victory for the Civil Litigation Clinic

May 21, 2019

The Civil Litigation Clinic won an eviction bench trial before Cook County Judge Robert Harris, successfully arguing that the clinic client, a young man with schizophrenia, did not intentionally cause a fire in his apartment last summer. Clinic students prepared the case for trial after conducting written discovery and four depositions, with 2019 graduate, Allie Miceli, co-chairing the trial with clinic director, David Rodriguez. Judge Harris highlighted Miceli’s cross-examination of the landlord’s building custodian in concluding that the fire was an accidental grease fire. This case is representative of the work the Civil Litigation Clinic does every semester, preparing students to litigate in any forum through representing indigent clients in lawsuits of great personal consequence.

Clinical Faculty Member is Awarded the 2019 Excellence in Faculty Achievment Award

May 19, 2019

The DePaul University College of Law has awarded Sioban Albiol, Director of the Asylum and Immigration Law Clinics (“AILC”) and clinical faculty member, the 2019 “Excellence in Faculty Achievement Award.” For over seventeen years, Professor Albiol has trained and mentored students in providing legal assistance to refugees and immigrants, and guided the College of Law’s Legal Resource Project which now collaborates with over thirty community-based organizations throughout the state. Professor Albiol has received widespread praise from non-profit and government communities and is constantly working towards increasing humanitarian protection for the underserved communities.

AILC Provides Training for Lake County Law Enforcement on Immigrant Victims of Crimes

April 29, 2019

The Asylum and Immigration Law Clinic partnered with Mano a Mano in Lake County, Illinois to provide training on the Illinois VOICES Act which directs law enforcement agencies to respond to requests for certifications from immigrant crime victims. The VOICES Act became law in January of 2019 thanks in part to a report prepared by former DePaul students and faculty Unequal Protection: Disparate Treatment of Immigrant Crime Victims in Cook, the Collar Counties & Beyond which can be found here.

Misdemeanor Clinic Instructor Displays a Commanding Performance and Helps Hamlet Beat a Murder Rap at the MCA

April 26, 2019

Kim Foxx, the State’s Attorney for Cook County, let Hamlet walk on Thursday night. In a murder trial held before the federal judge Joan Lefkow, the relentless Chicago defense attorney Dena Singer helped him beat a murder rap. A 12-person jury bought the idea that when he stabbed Polonius in the chest, Hamlet actually thought he was killing a rat. Singer talked that jury into believing this was possible: Chicago being full of big fat rodents. “This was a tragedy,” she said, her voice ringing with outrage for a man falsely accused. “But not every tragedy is a crime.” (Read More).

Victories for the Misdemeanor Clinic

April 16, 2019

Clinic students Yele Ajayi and Ezra Litner were able to negotiate a sentence of supervision with community service for a client who was charged with fleeing and eluding police involving a chase after he was stopped for a traffic violation. This means it will not be a conviction on his records. For another case, Rachel Shirley convinced the state to drop a leaving the scene of an accident misdemeanor and allowed the client to plead to a minor traffic violation with traffic safety school.

International Human Rights Practicum in Kenya

April 11, 2019

Earlier this year, 11 students from the College of Law, enrolled in the International Human Rights Law Practicum, traveled to Kakuma, Kenya. The students engaged in a traditional human rights documentation and analysis project, and collected testimonies from Anuak refugees living in the Kakuma Refugee camp and Kalobeyei Integrated Settlement. (Read more).

Asylum and Refugee Clinical Professor Leads Session on Immigration

April 10, 2019

The Asylum and Immigration Law Clinic hosted an event with immigrant advocates through which students, faculty, staff and the larger DePaul community learned of the effects of immigration detention and “remain in Mexico” policies on individuals and communities. Expert speakers provided eyewitness accounts of working in Tijuana with asylum-seekers being turned back at the US-Mexico border, the context of immigration detention in El Paso and the community response, the consequences of family detention and family separation policies on parents and children, and the challenges in navigating the legal process in Immigration Court in Chicago. An event program can be found here​.

Law Students Volunteer to Assist Asylum Seekers over Spring Break

April 2, 201

DePaul Law students assisted asylum seekers detained in the southern United States at the Port Isabel Detention Center over spring break. Stephanie Gibbons (3L), Samantha McCoy (1L), Monica Saavedra (1L), and Ann Slusher (2L) volunteered with the Pro Bono Asylum and Representation Project (ProBAR) of the American Bar Association for one week in March 2019. (Read more).

Asylum and Immigration Clinic Brings Legal Practitioners Together in the Suburbs

March 22, 2019

The need for low-cost immigration legal services is great overall, but immigrants living outside of the city of Chicago have access to even fewer resources. Through the Legal Resources Project, the Clinic has been increasing resources available to community-based organization (“CBO”) partners outside of the City of Chicago so that they are better able to assist immigrants in their communities. On March 22nd, the AILC brought in private immigration and criminal law practitioner, Mario Godoy, from the Godoy Law Offices in Lombard, to provide a training on obtaining and interpreting criminal documents in relation to immigration legal practice. The training took place in Addison Public Library, an AILC partner authorized by the Department of Justice to provide immigration legal services, and where non-Chicago partner convenings generally take place. The AILC continues to increase the amount of CBO partners it works with outside of the city of Chicago, and the services it provides them.

A Victory for the Criminal Appeals Clinic

February 28, 2019

The Appellate Court reissued its decision in People v. Bill Lee. Mr. Lee was convicted of possessing a defaced firearm. The Court found that the admission of the dangerous nature of bullets discovered in the gun was irrelevant and prejudicial and remanded Mr. Lee's case for a new trial. Former Criminal Appeals Clinic students Elena Morgan, Katie McStay, and Elin Shobak did an excellent job on the brief last spring and Elena successfully argued the case last November.

Moot Court Win at the Thurgood Marshall Competition

February 26, 2019

Join the Moot Court team in congratulating two team members, Stanley Washington (2L) and De'ja Fox (2L), who competed in the Thurgood Marshall Moot Court Competition last week. In a very competitive region, Stanley and De'ja wrote the brief that won the Best Petitioner Brief Award. We are very proud of their success! Many thanks to their alumni coach, Cierra Norris.

The AILC Hosts Series on Building Immigration Knowledge and Capacity

February 8, 15, and 22, 2019

Through its Legal Resources Project for Immigration Services Providers, the Asylum and Immigration Law Clinic hosted a three-day series on Immigration Basics attended by over 50 staff of Illinois immigrant-serving non-profit organizations. The training was made possible thanks to the Julian Grace Foundation, the Lawyers Trust Fund, the MacArthur Foundation and the Polk Bros. Foundation which provide support for the Clinic’s efforts in building legal services capacity and access to information and services for low-income immigrants. Participants had the opportunity to work through case problems collaboratively with other professionals in their field.

New Business Law Clinic Aims to Assist DePaul Entrepreneurs

February 21, 2019

If you have a business idea, but aren't sure of the steps needed to start a company, DePaul College of Law's newest in-house legal clinic - the business law clinic - is ready to help. (Read more).

DePaul Law Legal Clinic Gives Students a Sense of the Real World

February 15, 2019

The first time Thibaut Giret and Jason Whitehead II sat down and met their client, the client brought another person to the meeting. They weren't expecting that. (Read more).

TIP Field Clinic student report on the meaning of "On Sale " from recent court case

February 13, 2019

The Supreme Court recently clarified the post-AIA meaning of "on sale" in Helsinn Healthcase S.S. v. Teva Pharmaceutical USA, No. 17-1229, 2019 WL 271945 (Jan. 22,2019). (Read more).

Congratulation to DePaul's Lefkowitz Moot Court Team!

February 11, 2019

Congratulations to Isaky Begert (3L), Zack Johnston (2L), Randi Leath (3L) and Jake Michalakes (2L) for taking the second place in the Regional Rounds of INTA's 2019 Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition and advancing to the National Finals at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington D.C. on March 16,2019.

Former Clinic Student Named Rising Lawyer

January 24, 2019

Ice Miller LLP is proud to announce six of its attorneys have been named 2019 Illinois Super Lawyers and seven of its attorneys were named Rising Stars. (Read more).

Asylum and Immigration Law Clinic Receives $250K MacArthur Grant

December 13, 2018

In Response to the urgent needs of immigrants in Chicago seeking humanitarian protection or lawful status, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced a $250,000 grant to the DePaul University College of Law's Asylum and Immigration Law Clinic. (Read more).

Recent Article on DePaul Law's Third Year in Practice Program

December 6, 2018

In fall 2016, DePaul's College of Law launched the Third Year in Practice Program, a progressive approach to experiential learning that further prepares students for their first year practicing law. (Read more)