Christine Simmons, New York Law Journal
Spurred on by President Trump’s deportation priorities, a group of big-firm lawyers and nonprofit attorneys has launched a project to represent immigrants nationwide who are at risk for deportation and already has distributed a mass letter to hundreds of large firms seeking donations and pro bono work.
The American Immigrant Representation Project, formed shortly after Trump’s election, on Friday wrote to more than 300 lawyers, mostly at Am Law 200 firms and plaintiff firms, spelling out the need for resources and volunteers. The letter asks firms to commit $10,000 and/or designate a partner and three associates who will develop an expertise in the field through the initiative’s training and represent those targeted for removal.
“The immigration defense community desperately needs the help of the private bar,” the letter said. “We expect thousands of people will need representation, most of whom will be unable to locate or afford counsel.
The letter noted immigrants with counsel are 14 times more likely to successfully challenge removal than those without. “Our vision is to stand ready to provide representation to all those in need.”
- Immigration Article of the Day: Contemplating a Rebellious Approach to Representing Unaccompanied Immigrant Children in a Deportation Defense Clinic by Bill Ong Hing (lawprofessors.typepad.com)
- What We Can Do: The Partners in Resistance Program (birthmoviesdeath.com)
- A list of lawyers to fight Trump’s immigration ban? (ask.metafilter.com)
- Immigration courts to focus on detainees, not kids’ cases (wbrz.com)
- 60,000 Visas Revoked Since Immigration Executive Order Signed: State Department (abcnewsradioonline.com)