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Pro Bono Newsletter, Fall 2011

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Spotlight u Firm Carries on Michael Maggio's Pro Bono Legacy immigration community forums to continue building an informed network of immigration advocates, Maggio + Kattar attorneys provide pro bono legal services and also serve as mentors for DC-area non-profit organizations. Maggio + Kattar PC Washington, D.C. Top left, clockwise: Anna Marie Gallagher, Dree Collopy, Margaret Hobbins T hroughout his over 30-year career championing the rights of non-citizens, Michael Maggio displayed a deep commitment to justice and pro bono service, making his own expertise, and that of his firm, widely available to those in need. Michael's impact has continued to this day, not only in the lives of the innumerable non-citizens that he assisted, but also in the commitment to zealous and skilled advocacy and passion for service that he instilled in his colleagues and students. Today, Maggio + Kattar carries on Maggio's legacy, honoring him with continued service to those in need. In addition to hosting quarterly Maggio + Kattar attorneys have con- tinued to take on complicated individ- ual pro bono matters, fighting for the rights of those who are most in need of zealous and skilled legal representa- tion, while also seeking to push the law in challenging legal areas, such as mo- tions to suppress evidence, gang-based asylum claims, VAWA and U visa peti- tions, as well as Motions to Reopen based on compelling humanitarian factors. For instance, Maggio + Kat- tar Attorney Meg Hobbins' dedicated work on the issue of Motions to Sup- press Evidence in Immigration Court is best embodied by her two pro bono clients, who were victims of an illegal home raid by ICE officers at 5:00 a.m. The wife was four months pregnant and the couple was sleeping in their bed when ICE officers broke down their bedroom door, threw the hus- band to the floor, and held them both at gunpoint. Maggio + Kattar filed mo- tions to suppress the evidence obtained during that raid and to terminate proceedings. When the motions were denied by the Immigration Court, Maggio + Kattar refused to give up and successfully represented the husband in renewing his TPS application before the court, while also appealing the wife's suppression motion denial to the Board of Immigration Appeals. When asked about her commitment to this work, Ms. Hobbins remarked, "In spite of the hostile reception that suppres- sion motions oſten receive, it is always rewarding to challenge the constitu- tional and regulatory violations that have become commonplace during ICE enforcement actions." Another example of Maggio + Kattar's ongoing commitment to pro bono service is Shareholder Anna Gallagher's pro bono representation of several individuals who are seeking asylum before the Immigration Courts based on their fear of persecution at the hands of gang members in Central America. Ms. Gallagher represents a brother and sister from El Salvador who fled their home country in fear of the growing gang violence. She also represents a young woman from Today, Maggio + Kattar carries on Maggio's legacy, honoring him with continued service to those in need. Honduras who fled to the United States aſter the father of her child, a member of a notorious gang in Honduras, threatened to kill her. In discussing this pro bono work, Ms. Gallagher says, "As immigration attorneys fighting for those who are most in need of zealous advocacy, it is not only our duty to represent pro bono clients, but it is also our duty to recognize areas of the law that need to change and to push for those changes through litigation." Maggio + Kattar Senior Attorney Dree Collopy also takes great pride in serving the community through zealous and skilled pro bono representation, as well as service on multiple pro bono committees. Ms. Collopy currently represents a citizen of El Salvador in seeking a stay of removal and a U visa. Maggio + Kattar's client was a victim of years of domestic violence in the United States, which culminated in her being stabbed by her abuser and hospitalized. In speaking about her pro bono work, Ms. Collopy says, "Michael Maggio was an inspiring teacher and mentor. It is a great honor to carry on his legacy by serving the most vulnerable of populations with passion and dedication in order to advance protection of, and respect for, non-citizens and their families." 3

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