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AC Pro Bono Clinic a Resounding Success! by Mark Shmueli
A ILA's National Pro Bono Services Committee
committee undertook an annual conference project in which AILA partnered with the local San Diego chapter and several community based organizations to sponsor AILA'
took a kernel of an idea in 2010 and turned it into a great tradition! In 2010 and 2011, the
conjunction with the annual conference. We are pleased to report that our Second Annual Pro Bono Clinic in Nashville, Tennessee, was as great a success as the first! AILA sponsors these clinics both as a way to give back to the annual conference host city's chapter for all of its hard work and also to provide members with the unique chance to perform pro bono services away from their home city.
s first-ever limited services pro bono clinic in
This year, 25 AILA attorneys provided consultations to over 200 individuals beginning early on Saturday morning at Hillcrest United Methodist Church. Our Nashville partner, Justice for Our Neighbors (JFON) of Tennessee, was extremely well prepared for the clinic, performing extensive community outreach, developing wonderful materials and handling every detail with an overall amazing level of on-the-ground organization.
The attendees hailed from myriad countries and presented a variety of case types. AILA attorneys were
busy reviewing the law and seeking counsel from mentors at the clinic. We are pleased to report that many of the consults should result in cases which will go to local attorneys on the JFON referral list.
The clinic featured volunteers from a variety of chapters. Both newer practitioners and AILA veteran experts participated, including AILA celebrity Ira Kurzban! It was incredibly heartwarming to see the enthusiasm with which the attorneys performed consultation aſter consultation for over three hours until every person waiting was seen.
As the clinic took place within 24 hours of President Obama'
certain immigrant youth, the clinic provided an unexpected opportunity to analyze cases that may become eligible for that program.
s announcement about deferred action for
In fact, the state's largest newspaper, The Tennessean s deferred action announcement.
featured the pro bono clinic as part of its coverage of President Obama'
SPREAD THE WORD: In response to the proliferation of immigration scams (notario fraud and the unauthorized practice of immigration law) across the nation, in 2009 AILA launched its stand-alone consumer protection website: www. stopnotariofraud.org.
Aimed at providing useful facts, up-to-date news, and comprehensive resources for both consumers/ victims and licensed attorneys, this site has proven an invaluable source of information. The website is also available in Spanish (www.parefraudenotarial. org), with plans for translation into additional languages later this summer. We invite you to use the badges to link to it from your practice's website, as well as for an addition to your e-mail signature block. You can download the badges on InfoNet. Help spread the word and keep fighting against fraudulent immigration consultants in your part of the world.
Both MidSouth Outgoing Chapter Chair Yvette Sebelist and AILA Associate Director of Practice and Professionalism, Susan Timmons, were interviewed for the article in conjunction with the clinic.
AILA should be extremely proud of the services our members provided during the conference and we look
MISS AN ISSUE? No Sweat. Check out AILA's archive. forward to next year's pro bono clinic in San Francisco.
Kudos to those members who took time out of their busy conference schedules to participate in the clinic; it was an incredibly rewarding experience for those that did. As some pro bono activities will occur at each AILA annual conference, we encourage you to mark your calendar now for San Francisco!
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