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Pro Bono Newsletter, Summer 2013

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AILA's Pro Bono Newsletter Pro Bono Is a Part of Professionalism n AILA Practice and Professionalism Center Summer 2013 American Immigration Lawyers Association www.aila.org VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNIT Y Join fellow AILA members on June 29 for the Third Annual AILA Pro Bono Clinic and provide your expertise to those in need! Learn more and volunteer! Register > YOUR PRO BONO RESOURCES: aila.org/ probono ? ! Mentor Directory Newsletter Archive Stop Notario Fraud Own the Dream Message Center Unsung Hero: Office of Legal Access Programs by Ken Mayeaux A mong the unsung heroes of immigration-related pro bono are the organizations that facilitate pro bono services by identifying and referring clients for pro bono representation. This quarter we feature the Office of Legal Access Programs (OLAP) within the U.S. Justice Department's Executive Office for Immigration Review. Under the direction of EOIR's Deputy Director, Ana M. Kocur, the Office of Legal Access Programs works to improve access to legal information and counseling and to increase representation for immigrants appearing before the Immigration Courts and Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA). OLAP does this through initiatives that facilitate access to information and create new incentives for attorneys "Since 2003, EOIR has invested nearly $31 million operating the program, which reaches approximately 60,000 detained immigrants per year at 25 detention centers around the country." and law students to accept pro bono cases. Through its Legal Orientation Program and its BIA Pro Bono Project, EOIR's Office of Legal Access Programs facilitates the placement of hundreds of pro bono cases annually. OLAP's Legal Orientation Program In 2003, OLAP began its Legal Orientation Program (LOP) in an effort to improve judicial efficiency and at the same time to provide increased access to legal information and pro bono representation for detained immigrants facing removal proceedings. Under this program, local nonprofit legal service organizations provide group and individual legal orientations to detained immigrants who will be appearing for removal proceedings in immigration court. For immigrants with potential relief from removal, the LOP nonprofit organization may assist with referral to pro bono counsel, who are often AILA members. Since 2003, EOIR has invested nearly $31 million operating the program, which reaches approximately 60,000 detained immigrants per year at 25 detention centers around the country. Over the last five fiscal years, over 3,500 immigrants have been referred for pro bono representation through the LOP's participating nonprofit organizations. CONTINUED on pg.3 >> u ISSUE HIGHLIGHTS: DACA Not Enough, Says DREAMer 2 AILA's Largest National Day of Action 3 Citizenship Day Successes 5 Voices of Pro Bono 6 www.aila.org 1

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