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Pro Bono Newsletter, Spring 2012

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Pro Bono Newsletter AILA's Pro Bono Is a Part of Professionalism n AILA Practice and Professionalism Center American Immigration Lawyers Association www.aila.org Spring 2012 IS TIME UP ON MY MEMBERSHIP? Members can check their membership status and even renew online via their myAILA profile: Your expiration date is in the top left box. If you are up for renewal, there will be a red box titled "Click Here to Renew." While renewing, be sure to confirm or update your contact information. If you have other questions, e-mail the membership department. How You Can Get Involved in Pro Bono By Stacy Cozart "To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world." This quote summarizes the understanding behind the reasons to become involved in pro bono work. Primarily it makes a big difference in immigrants' lives, but also the experience gives the pro bono attorney an opportunity to improve the quality of life in our communities. Pro bono work also can be a learning experience about aspects of the law with which we might not otherwise be familiar. AILA National has many programs in which practitioners can become involved. THE 'IMPOSSIBLE DREAM': Watch AILA's first animation short highlighting the plight immigrant entrepreneurs face when trying to keep themselves and their businesses in the United States. A newer program that AILA offers, AD2, is a collaborative pro bono project that aims to provide expert immigration assistance and advocacy support to DREAMers. GET INVOLVED with AILA's Dream Defenders (AD2), Military Assistance Program (MAP), or Citizenship Day! AD2 is a way for members to support the movement to pass the DREAM Act and to provide much needed pro bono legal services to immigrant youth. Established in 2008, the AILA Military Assistance Program (MAP) is a cooperative effort between AILA and the legal assistance offices of the United States Military Judge Advocate General's (JAG) Corps. Recently, JAG attorneys have been inundated with complex immigration legal questions. To resolve these cases successfully, they oſten need the assistance of seasoned immigration attorneys. AILA MAP has brought these two groups together to form a truly dynamic and effective partnership. Many chapters offer programs in which members can get involved. One such event, Citizenship Day, held nationally this year on April 21, is a one-day clinic which offers support and processing of naturalization applications to those who are eligible. The event is held in almost all fiſty states and is a great way to get your feet wet. Some chapters also offer case- centered pro bono work. If you are interested in becoming involved, contact your local pro bono coordinator or Susan Timmons at AILA National. Stacy Cozart is Pro Bono Liaison and Treasurer for the Ohio AILA Chapter. and serves on the Nation- al Pro Bono Services Committee. u ISSUE HIGHLIGHTS: H.E.L.P. for Homeless Immigrants 2 Representing Unaccompanied Minor Children 4 Chapter Happenings 5 Pro Bono at AC 6 www.aila.org 1

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