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Immigration Law Clinic students stand out

Join the Immigration Law Clinic in recognizing the achievements of these UMass Law students.

April 11, 2014

Isabel Saavedra wins relief for clients

Congratulations also to Isabel Saavedra, who represented her clients, a mother and daughter from Brazil, and successfully convinced Judge O’Malley to grant relief to her clients. Judge O’Malley complimented Isabel by saying: "Nice job attorneys. That's why we were able to do this so quickly, because you did such a good job preparing it." The Immigration Law Clinic staff is very proud of Isabel for this achievement.  Special thanks go to Rita Resende, Clinic Law Fellow, and Irene Scharf, Professor and Clinic Director, who appeared in court with the students.

April 10, 2014

Justin Kadich and Marcela Ordóñez help Haitian immigrant obtain Lawful Permanent Resident status

Congratulations to Justin Kadich and Marcela Ordóñez who were successful in convincing Immigration Judge D’Angelo to grant a 212(h) waiver for their client. The client, who is from Haiti and has been legally in the United States nearly 20 years, is now able to remain in the United States as a Lawful Permanent Resident. Countless hours of preparation by Justin, Marcela, and Tabitha Kirkwood has gone into this successful outcome. They were complimented by Judge D’Angelo who said “I do appreciate all the work that was put into this case. I appreciate UMass Law School taking this case.... Great job. The Immigration Law Clinic staff is very proud of Justin and Marcela for this achievement. Special thanks go to Rita Resende, Clinic Law Fellow, and Irene Scharf, Professor and Clinic Director, who appeared in court with the students.

April 7, 2014

Justin Kadich awarded scholarship to Attend AILA Immigration Law Annual Conference

Justin Kadich has been awarded a scholarship to attend the AILA Annual Immigration Law Conference in June 2014 by the American Immigration Lawyers Association.  

Professor Irene Scharf, Clinical Law Fellow Rita Resende, Clinical Programs Coordinator Crystal Desirey, and the entire Immigration Law Clinic are proud of Justin's motivation and interest in Immigration Law.

March 28, 2014

AAC America recognizes ILC student Isabel Saavedra

The Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC America) Northeast Chapter has recognized UMass School of Law student Isabel Saavedra, awarding her the 2014 Law Student Ethics Award. This award is given to twelve regional law students who demonstrate a comprehension of the ethical challenges faced in law practice, who have applied their knowledge of ethics in a clinical program, and who are committed to professional ethical behavior in their careers. 

This honor, awarded because of Isabel’s sensitivity in and handling of ethical issues as a student in the Immigration Law Clinic, will be celebrated at an Awards Ceremony at The Union Club of Boston on April 15, 2014. Awards will be given to students from Harvard Law School, Roger Williams University School of Law, New England School of Law, Boston University School of Law, Boston College Law School, Northeastern University School of Law, Suffolk University School of Law, University of Maine Law School, University of New Hampshire School of Law, Vermont Law School, and Western New England College School of Law.  

Dean Mary Lu Bilek, Professor Irene Scharf, Clinical Law Fellow Rita Resende, and the entire UMass School of Law community are proud of Isabel’s great achievements in the Immigration Law Clinic. Her award-winning commitment to the ethical practice of law, demonstrated throughout the year while working on cases in the ILC, deserves to be recognized.

February 14, 2014

Cassie Butler

Cassie Butler (Immigration Law Clinic student) represented a Honduran man in Immigration Court who had been falsely accused of a crime and was successful in getting him released on bond. The Immigration Law Clinic staff is very proud of Cassie for this result and for all of the work she is doing in the Immigration Law Clinic.

Isabel Saavedra

Isabel Saavedra, a student in the Immigration Law Clinic, prepared and submitted an Application for Employment Authorization for her client, a victim of domestic violence, before the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS).  She was successful in obtaining this very important EAD document that allows her client the ability to work in the United States while waiting for her hearing. The Immigration Law Clinic staff is very proud of Isabel.

November 20, 2013

Marcela Ordonez and Justin Kadich

In connection with a defense from deporation case, Marcela Ordonez and Justin Kadich prepared a filing with a multitude of evidence and supporting documents, prepared their client, and represented him in front of an Immigration Judge at a hearing to file the case in chief. Marcela and Justin plan to try this case in April.

November 1, 2013

Cassie Butler and Tabitha Kirkwood

Cassie Butler and Tabitha Kirkwood prepared and accompanied two minor girls from Guinea, Africa to their interview with the USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Service). Their clients were granted legal permanent resident (LPR) status allowing them to lawfully remain in the United States. The Immigration Law Clinic staff is very proud of Cassie and Tabitha for working so hard to accomplish this result for their clients.

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