Immigration Clinic Students

The Immigration Clinic is a 12-credit hour course in which two students per year are permitted to enroll by faculty invitation only.  Students enrolling in the Immigration Clinic, under close faculty supervision, represent low-income clients with immigration problems.  Most of the work is in the areas of deportation defense, family-based immigrant visas, asylum applications, Special Immigrant Juvenile petitions, and post-conviction claims based on ineffective assistance of counsel due to failure to advise of immigration consequences of criminal proceedings, although other types of immigration cases may be assigned to students from time to time at the discretion of the supervising faculty member. Students taking Immigration Clinic may not take another Clinic. Students in Immigration Clinic can expect to engage in the following types of activities: factual development and analysis, frequent client interviewing and counseling, preparation of immigration applications and supporting documentation, attendance with clients at immigration interviews, appearing in Immigration Court on behalf of clients, state and federal court appearances (as dictated by clients’ legal needs), legal analysis and planning, frequent creation of written work product (including but not limited to legal memoranda, briefs, letters, and so forth), analysis and resolution of professional ethics issues, and other skills necessary to function effectively as lead counsel on a variety of immigration cases.

Expectations

All students except those interested in the Immigration Clinic will be selected by an application process held during the pre-registration period in the spring. In other words, students interested in taking any Clinic other than the Immigration Clinic during the summer, fall or spring must apply and register during the registration period held in the spring. The application deadline is announced in the Sounding Block and by email to student listservs. To apply for a Clinic, students complete an application form and other required documents online. At the time the application deadline is announced, forms will be made available to students so they can complete them. The Dean's Office emails the selection results to students selected. Students in the Immigration Clinic are selected through an application process conducted in February of each year.

Students may only take one Clinic in any one semester; however, students wishing to be considered for more than one Clinic during the course of a year should sign up to be considered for multiple Clinics (in whcih case, students must rank their Clinic preferences). The preference given is taken account of to the extent possible. This is not the case for students taking the Immigration Clinics. Students taking the Immigration Clinic are not eligible to take any other Clinics.

Immigration Clinic Alumni

1998-1999 Vanji Bruxellas
1999-2000 Jessica Milburn
1999-2000 Vanessa Pertusa
2000-2001 Jason Ossian
2000-2001 Hazell Rodriguez
2001-2002 Jennifer Lothert
2001-2002 Michelle Paxton
2001-2002 Julia Young
2002-2003 Angela Williams
2002-2003 Rachel Yamomoto
2003-2004 Jennifer Tricker
2003-2004 Elsie Vasquez
2004-2005 Shannon Brennon
2004-2005 Raul Guerra
2005-2006 Michelle Broyhill
2005-2006 Allyson Mendoza
2006-2007 Gabriela Acosta
2006-2007 Abby Smith
2007-2008 Heahter Hogan
2007-2008 Lisa Morinelli
2008-2009 Lyndsay Bonwell
2008-2009 Greg McLawsen
2009-2010 Seth Felton
2009-2010 Michael Vo
2010-2011 Kelsey Carlson
2010-2011 Abby Henes
2011-2012 Amanda Civic
2011-2012 Laura Gonnerman
2012-2013 Diane Amdor
2012-2013 Collin Kessner
2013-2014 Sara McCue
2013-2014 Sarah Safarik
2014-2015 Mark Carraher
2014-2015 Jodi Garrelts
2015-2016 Roxana Cortes
2015-2016 Kendra Haack
2016-2017 Jenna Ripke
2016-2017 Josh Snowden