August 21, 2014
The Immigration Law Clinic did not slow down this summer. Students Rebecca Caporale (3L), Richard Paikoff (3L), and Chelsea Tibbs (3L) were able to work with clients on a wide range of legal matters. The work provided the students the opportunity to work closely and frequently with clients as well as to conduct extensive research, and prepare filings for submission to USCIS and the Immigration Court in San Francisco. The range of case work included completing complex naturalization cases; responding to requests for evidence on legal issues; preparing U visa applications; preparing both affirmative and defensive asylum applications; preparing an application for adjustment of status through the Cuban Adjustment Act; researching the viability of a motion to reopen a closed Amnesty application; and preparing applications for family unification with waivers of inadmissibility.
Even with this full case load, the clinic students continued outreach in the community including three visits to local county jails to consult with and explain legal rights and options to detained noncitizens in removal proceedings. In addition, the Clinic also travelled to Corning California to assist in a DACA renewal fair with USCIS and Northern Valley Catholic Social Services.
This summer the Immigration Clinic also received good news on several clients' cases that were initiated in past academic year(s). Particularly rewarding was obtaining deferred action for a woman suffering from a life threatening illness who had no means to support herself. Her lack of status previously prevented her from obtaining access to the services she needed including a home. The deferred action status will allow her to receive financial aid and better medical care. This case was initially begun by clinic alum Regia Arajuo, '12.