Immigration Clinic

 

Immigration Clinic Students

 

Established in the fall of 2009, the Immigration Clinic provides a challenging opportunity for students to advocate on behalf of immigrants in a wide variety of complex immigration proceedings. In addition to helping individual clients, students collaborate with other immigrant rights groups on projects that reform the law and advance the cause of social justice for immigrants. The clinic is dedicated to being an integral part of the wider immigrant and human rights advocacy community in South Florida and the nation and works on a variety of Cases, Projects and Resources including its Haiti Report, Stopping Deportations To Haiti and Resources for Detainees in Immigration Proceedings.


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Friday, April 17, 2020

Immigration Clinic 10th Anniversary CLE & Celebration

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Featuring
Dan Kesselbrenner

Dan Kesselbrenner

Prominent immigration expert Dan Kesselbrenner joins the Immigration Clinic at MiamiLaw as Distinguished Practitioner-in-Residence for the Spring 2020 semester. Professor Kesselbrenner is a leading national expert on the intersection of immigration and criminal law. He is former Executive Director of the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild and co-author of the leading treatise Immigration Law & Crimes.

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Students

In the Immigration Clinic students have the primary responsibility for preparing cases from start to finish – from an initial factual investigation through to a final merits hearing in an adversarial setting. (Students do not need to be certified by the Florida Bar as certified legal interns in order to appear in court.) As the primary advocates for their clients, students gain:

  • Invaluable first-hand advocacy experience under close supervision
  • Feedback from others and self-reflection, utilizing active learning techniques and technology that permit self-critique and peer review
  • Development of core lawyering skills, such as interviewing and counseling, fact investigation, case planning, researching and writing, witness examination, and oral advocacy
  • Experience working in the field of social justice lawyering, including exposure to the many different roles that social justice lawyers play as advocates
  • An understanding of how institutional, cultural, economic, and political forces influence how immigrants are treated within our legal system
  • The opportunity to learn about their own strengths and areas of growth and to develop a commitment to working in the public interest in accordance with their own professional values and goals

Learn more about the the student experience and how current students can apply


 

Clinic Clients, Cases & Projects

All of the clinic's clients are in removal proceedings before immigration court, the Board of Immigration Appeals, or federal courts. The clinic accepts cases of detained and non-detained immigrants on a referral basis from legal service providers and other organizations.

Learn about the clinic's cases & projects

Utilize free immigration case resources

 

Amicus Briefs

The Immigration Clinic has submitted amicus (“friend of the court”) briefs in a wide range of federal and state litigation, including cases about eligibility for asylum, Arizona-style legislation, and deportation and crimes.

See copies of the briefs

CONTACT INFORMATION

Immigration Clinic
University of Miami School of Law
1311 Miller Drive, E273
Coral Gables, FL 33146
Phone: 305-284-6092
Fax: 305-284-6093


 

LEADERSHIP


Rebecca Sharpless, Director & Professor of Law

Romy Lerner

Romy Lerner, Associate Director & Lecturer in Law

 

STAFF

Rose Dominguez, Senior Manager, Programs
305-284-4542
rdominguez@law.miami.edu


Dalgys Estrabao, Senior Manager, Programs
305-284-8537
destrabao@law.miami.edu

 

IN ACTION

Haiti Report
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Immigration Clinic students: Caroline McGee, Michelle Abeckjerr, Elby Hernandez, Amanda Parra Criste, Rina Urias-Brizuela, Lindsay Macdonald, and Adam Hoock
Immigration Clinic Helps Unaccompanied Border Children

Immigration Clinic students Valori Corral-Nava and Tatyana Krimus
Class Action for 92 Somalis - Immigration Clinic Files Suit.

Students Candelario Saldana & Pablo Pazos
Immigration Clinic Sues County Over Jailing of Immigrants.

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CONTACT INFORMATION

Immigration Clinic
University of Miami School of Law
1311 Miller Drive, E273
Coral Gables, FL 33146
Phone: 305-284-6092
Fax: 305-284-6093


 

LEADERSHIP


Rebecca Sharpless, Director & Professor of Law

Romy Lerner

Romy Lerner, Associate Director & Lecturer in Law

 

STAFF

Rose Dominguez, Senior Manager, Programs
305-284-4542
rdominguez@law.miami.edu


Dalgys Estrabao, Senior Manager, Programs
305-284-8537
destrabao@law.miami.edu

 

IN ACTION

Haiti Report
Click here for PDF version.

Immigration Clinic students: Caroline McGee, Michelle Abeckjerr, Elby Hernandez, Amanda Parra Criste, Rina Urias-Brizuela, Lindsay Macdonald, and Adam Hoock
Immigration Clinic Helps Unaccompanied Border Children

Immigration Clinic students Valori Corral-Nava and Tatyana Krimus
Class Action for 92 Somalis - Immigration Clinic Files Suit.

Students Candelario Saldana & Pablo Pazos
Immigration Clinic Sues County Over Jailing of Immigrants.

Click for Additional News Releases/Media