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IMMIGRATION LAW CLINIC FALL 2010 AT A GLANCE


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all 2010 ILC students included: Chung Chung, Liz Gonzalez, Dimitry Krol, Alejandra Rodriguez, Bahareh Saghian, Shoham Solouki,


Jeanny Tsoi, Cynthia Valdez, Sipora Zaghi and Gayane Zorabian. Karla Cortez continued to work in the clinic under the Advanced Immigration Law Clinic. Here is a brief snapshot of their casework: n Gayane Zorabian and Dimitry Krolworked with a 14-year old victim of severe domestic violence by her father. Our client’s mother was so badly abused that she developed a brain mass and required surgery; she is now unable to walk or talk. The students carefully balanced their advocacy and interviewing skills as they worked with our young client to gather the necessary information to draft a compelling declaration and complete a strong U-visa application for the child and her mother.


n Cynthia Valdez, Sipora Zaghi and Liz Gonzalezworked under a tight deadline to expedite a U-visa application for a 7-year old victim of sexual abuse. The student team completed the U-Visa packet for the young girl, her mother, and two siblings. The case required a quick turnaround because the oldest sibling was on the verge of aging out of eligibility for derivative status.


n Chung Chungworked with a young girl who was abandoned by her birth parents only to be abused by her court appointed guardian. She now lives in a foster home. During the semester, the client suffered a mental breakdown and was hospitalized. Chung worked closely with the client’s social worker and foster parent to meet with the client and prepare her SIJS application.


n Bahareh Saghian and Jeanny Tsoi completed a SIJS application for siblings whose mother suffers from severe mental health issues. The children had to beg neighbors for food—and often had no running water or electricity. Fortunately, the children managed to contact a family member and they are now living with their grandmother.


n Alejandra Rodriguez and Shoham Soloukiworked diligently to complete a U-Visa packet for a victim of domestic violence. Our client, whose son is developmentally disabled and daughter is chronically ill, is a resilient mother who was at times sparse with words. The student team demonstrated professionalism and thorough interviewing skills throughout the challenging client interviews. They developed a strong rapport with our client, which was demonstrated in their well done fact gathering and compelling declaration writing.


n Karla Cortez continued to work on pending ILC cases and completed a VAWA Adjustment of Status application for a young woman.


IMMIGRATION LAW CLINIC FAST FACTS


n Fall 2010 students provided 2,600 hours of free legal services to women and children on Special Immigrant Juvenile Status and U-Visa cases.


n Students worked with clients fromMexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Japan and Germany.


n Clients ranged fromage 7 to 60. n Clinic students changed the lives of 27 clients and clinic staff worked on an additional 22 cases.


Southwestern’s Immigration Law Clinic (ILC) provides free legal representation to low-income children and adults in Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) (clients under the age of 21), Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and U-visa cases. The Clinic is staffed by law students who represent clients under the supervision of Professor Andrea Ramos and Clinical Fellow Julia Vásquez.


A NOTE FROM PROFESSOR RAMOS


tackled challenging clients—some willing and others unwilling to share their stories. They worked with various government agencies and consulted with therapists and social workers to obtain expert witness declarations and letters of support. Students developed fact investigation skills through their review of criminal court documents and child welfare reports. And, they developed their written advocacy skills through drafting detailed and persuasive client declarations and “letter briefs.” In addition to their casework, the students collectively presented


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to over 160 community members at All Peoples Community Center, Homeboy Industries, Garfield High School and Oscar De La Hoya Charter School. They provided valuable information on immigration-related topics such as notario fraud, AB 540 and the DREAM Act.


ACHIEVING A GREAT SUCCESS In the Immigration Appeals Practicum


Christianne Macaraeg. Each student handled a Board of Immigration Appeals case under the close supervision of MTO attorneys Avi Braz and Marina Torres. The students had about one month to review the immigration court case file, record of proceedings, research and analyze case law. They crafted strong arguments and helped draft an appellate brief. In John’s case, he also prepared portions of an opposition to a motion to remand within a short timeframe. Both students were required to get up to speed in an unfamiliar area of law and work under extreme time pressure. We are proud to report that we won both cases!


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Legal Clinic • W408 (Westmoreland Building, Fourth Floor) Southwestern Law School, 3050 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90010


Children’s Rights Clinic: (213) 738-6621 • childrensrights@swlaw.edu Immigration Law Clinic: (213) 738-5574 • immigrationclinic@swlaw.edu Street Law Clinic: (213) 738-5737 • streetlaw@swlaw.edu www.swlaw.edu/academics/clinic


n partnership with Munger, Tolles & Olson (MTO), we launched the Immigration Appeals Practicum with students John Guo and


e are proud of our students and know they leave the ILC clinic with a rich experience. They gained valuable interviewing skills as they


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