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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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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).
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).
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.
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).
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).
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)
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