Established in the fall of 2009, the Immigration Clinic provides a challenging opportunity for students to advocate on behalf of immigrants in a wide variety of complex immigration proceedings. In addition to helping individual clients, students collaborate with other immigrant rights groups on projects that reform the law and advance the cause of social justice for immigrants. The clinic is dedicated to being an integral part of the wider immigrant and human rights advocacy community in South Florida and the nation and works on a variety of Cases, Projects and Resources including its Haiti Report, Stopping Deportations To Haiti and Resources for Detainees in Immigration Proceedings.
STUDENTS AND CLIENTS
All of the clinic's clients are in removal proceedings before immigration court, the Board of Immigration Appeals, or federal courts. The clinic accepts cases of detained and non-detained immigrants on a referral basis from legal service providers and other organizations. As the primary advocates for their clients, students gain:
- Invaluable first-hand advocacy experience under close supervision
- Feedback from others and self-reflection, utilizing active learning techniques and technology that permit self-critique and peer review
- Development of core lawyering skills, such as interviewing and counseling, fact investigation, case planning, researching and writing, witness examination, and oral advocacy
- Experience working in the field of social justice lawyering, including exposure to the many different roles that social justice lawyers play as advocates
- An understanding of how institutional, cultural, economic, and political forces influence how immigrants are treated within our legal system
- The opportunity to learn about their own strengths and areas of growth and to develop a commitment to working in the public interest in accordance with their own professional values and goals
IMMIGRATION CLINIC: STUDENT PERSPECTIVE
2Ls Lindsey Adkin, Ross Militello, and Shireen Judeh talk about their hands-on experiences at detention centers and in the courtroom.