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Called to Action: Attorneys Volunteer at Pro Bono Center’s Immigration Clinic

September 25, 2017

D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center's Immigration Legal Advice & Referral Clinic

To address the growing need for legal immigration services, the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center assisted 32 clients with immigration questions and concerns at its Immigration Legal Advice & Referral Clinic on Saturday, September 16. The clinic, held at Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School in Columbia Heights, served clients in seven languages.

Volunteer attorneys and immigration law mentors provided free legal information, brief advice, and/or referral to another legal services provider. Volunteers came from law firms, legal services providers, solo practice, and voluntary bar associations including the Hispanic Bar Association (HBA-DC) and the Asian Pacific American Bar Association (APABA-DC). D.C. Bar President-Elect Esther H. Lim and Pro Bono Center Executive Director Rebecca K. Troth were among the many volunteer attorneys.

With the recent changes in deportation proceedings and the rescission of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), pro bono service is more critical than ever to ensure that individuals and families with immigration concerns receive timely legal advice and information. Clients at Saturday’s Immigration Clinic met with attorneys to discuss DACA, asylum, citizenship, and employment concerns.

D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center's Immigration Legal Advice & Referral Clinic

The next Pro Bono Center Immigration Legal Advice & Referral Clinic will be held on Saturday, December 2 at Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School.

If you are an attorney interested in volunteering with this clinic, please contact Adrian Gottshall. Preference will be given to attorneys with immigration law experience or additional language skills.

You can also contribute to the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center's mission by donating today!