October 27, 2015
McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, hosted its seventh annual Immigration Fair on Saturday Oct. 24, 2015 at the campus Student Center and Quad. McGeorge alumni, law students, staff, and faculty provided free legal services to 77 people.
This year's focus was assisting community members with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and naturalization applications. Blake Nordahl, the supervising attorney in the McGeorge Immigration Law Clinic, organized the community service event. McGeorge students Navpreet Thandi, Jennifer Martin, and Clinic staff member Rosa Deniz were key organizers and trainers leading up to the immigration fair.
Outreach about the fair increased this year to local high schools in the area to make sure that as many first time DACA applicants could be helped as possible.
110 law student volunteers from McGeorge and UC Davis participated including many first year students. Also, 13 local immigration attorneys from AILA assisted in final review of the applications prepared by law students. McGeorge faculty volunteers included Julie Davies, Raquel Aldana, Melissa Brown, Dorothy Landsberg, and Visiting Professor Leticia Saucedo from UC Davis, who is teaching Immigration law at McGeorge this fall. McGeorge alumni Sameera Ali, '12, Sahreen Manzar, '13, and Sara Bobbitt, '12, also volunteered, along with Class of 2015 graduates Rebecca Caporale, Chelsea Tibbs, Qamar Fareed, and Vallerye Mosquera. Of the 77 applicants, 59 were able to mail their application at the end of the fair.
In addition, free legal services were provided to assist qualified individuals with completing and filing naturalization or citizenship applications (N-400 and N-600) and assistance with fee waiver applications to apply for naturalization. Study materials for Civics and English tests were also provided.
McGeorge partnered for this event with the Opening Doors and the Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services. Trained law students and volunteer attorneys also provided free information and individual preliminary consultations to potential DACA applicants and their parents at three preliminary events hosted by Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services in September 2015.
More than 1,000 community members in total have been helped with free immigration through the seven fairs McGeorge has hosted.