AILA's Pro Bono Newsletter

Pro Bono Newsletter, Winter 2013

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voices of pro bono "In whatever flavor of pro bono I do, my clients put me in touch with a world I don't experience. They keep me grounded in reality. They help me see my own trials and suffering through a broader lens. Ultimately, I learn that my own struggle to be a better person is intimately bound up with the legal struggle I am helping my clients resolve."—KM WHY DO YOU PRO BONO? Share your story with us! E-mail us at "Pro bono work has the ability to rejuvenate the business practitioner and to remind him or her that real people, often very needy people, are behind what we do each day. Sometimes we take a pro bono case for the good feeling, sometimes we're teaching ourselves a new area of law, and sometimes were just looking for a bit of gratitude when our business clients seem lacking in that area. No matter what the reason, we are always helping justice reach people and communities it often escapes, and that serves us all."—JA "We do pro bono to level the playing field. Often times, vulnerable populations are the most abused or neglected. By providing pro bono services, we hope to provide a professional service to a group that might otherwise be voiceless."—JP - + "I became a lawyer because I wanted to help others. When I was in law school I never finished that sentence with, 'so long as they have money.' Doing pro bono work is my way of giving back and reminding myself why I am an attorney."—TN "My pro bono cases uplift my practice dramatically by allowing me to work for the pure love of the law and the case without fear of money "issues" affecting the attorney client relationship. As an added benefit, I receive many paid cases through both the PAIR project and the attorneys who assist as mentees on the case. Overall pro bono work is a necessary and essential part of my practice." —NE Chapter member "Working on pro bono cases this past year has sharpened my practice and reminded me amid bills and deadlines why I became an attorney all those years ago. I developed tools and contacts, such as a doctor who sees detained prisoners or an understanding of what the particular duty judge for detained cases requires in the first moments of the case. I am a solo practitioner, but you are not alone in pro bono cases. An AILA mentor was there to share his advice and procedures: in my case it was Attorney Tony Drago of Boston. PAIR was there to find and shepherd the client. And thanks to AILA/PAIR/EOIR cooperation here in Boston, we have a back-up training on current procedures by the immigration court personnel. Lastly, but most importantly, I had my new clients: people that I perhaps could not have afforded to help without the support of the Pro Bono Project of AILA/PAIR and the Boston EOIR Court. Working pro bono has energized my practice and reminded me of the very best of being a lawyer in these tough times."—NE Chapter member MISS AN ISSUE? No Sweat. Check out AILA's archive. FOLLOW AILA FOR THE LATEST ON IMMIGRATION! YOUTUBE, TWITTER, FACEBOOK, and LINKEDIN COPYRIGHT © 2013 AMERICAN IMMIGRATION LAWYERS ASSOCIATION. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. NO PART OF THIS PUBLICATION MAY BE REPRINTED OR OTHERWISE REPRODUCED WITHOUT THE EXPRESS PERMISSION OF THE PUBLISHER. SEND REPRINT REQUESTS TO PUBS@AILA.ORG 6

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