McGeorge School of Law

McGeorge Helps Future Citizens at Ninth Annual Fair

October 20, 2017

Blake Nordahl

Blake Nordahl, supervising attorney in the McGeorge Immigration Law Clinic

McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, hosted its ninth annual Immigration Fair on Saturday Oct. 14, 2017 at the campus Student Center and Quad. More than 75 volunteers provided free legal services to 40 people.

The focus of this year's fair was on helping people with naturalization applications. Blake Nordahl, the supervising attorney in the McGeorge Immigration Law Clinic, organized the community service event.

Volunteers included McGeorge students, staff, faculty, alumni, and local attorneys. McGeorge immigration fellow Kishwer Vikaas was key in helping to organize and run the fair along with the clinic student leader, Monserrat Garcia, and clinic staff member Rosa Deniz. Faculty volunteers included McGeorge professors included Julie Davies, Hether Macfarlane, Linda Carter, and Mary-Beth Moylan.

The volunteer attorneys included McGeorge alumni Tami Castillo, '10, Sara Bobbitt, '12, Vallerye Mosquera, '15, Rebecca Caporale '15, Andrew Schach '14, Jennifer Martin '16, Cristina Andrade '14, Qamar Fareed '15, Brian Lopez '12, Sahreen Manzar '13, Jocelyn Blinn '11, and local attorney Lacey Mickleburgh. Recent 2017 graduates Joey Campbell and Tania Dominguez answered questions from law students.

Qualified clients were provided with assistance 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. Many of the fair attendees were able to mail their application at the end of the fair. Detailed flyer (pdf).

McGeorge partnered for this event with the Mexican Consulate, Univision and the Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services. The Oak Park restaurant La Venadita provided free lunch to volunteers and clients, and free coffee was donated by Espresso Metro.

More than 1,200 community members in total have been helped with free immigration through the nine fairs McGeorge has hosted since 2008.



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