First One-Day Immigration Law Clinic

The first one-day immigration law clinic in Kentucky to assist applicants for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) was held at the Brandeis School of Law on Saturday, September 29, 2012. This event was organized by the Kentucky Dream Coalition (KDC), Professor Enid Trucios-Haynes, and local immigration law attorneys, Jonathan Bialosky of the Maxwell Street Legal Clinic, and Emi Ramirez, an alum working with Kentucky Refugee Ministries, and sponsored by KDC and ACLU-KY.

Local immigration lawyers volunteered to meet one-on-one with potential applicants. Under the DACA program, undocumented persons who were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012 and came to the United States before reaching their 16th birthday may apply for deferred action to avoid deportation and may apply for employment authorization. See www.uscis.gov/USCIS/Resources/daca.pdf for more information.

Law student volunteers assisted in conducting initial screenings on the day of the clinic, sat-in with attorneys on interviews, and reviewed application forms and documents before potential applicants met with an attorney. Future clinics will be held in Louisville and Kentucky, and there will be opportunities for law students to volunteer and receive public service credit. Special thanks to Michael Profumo. He volunteered to coordinate law students and participated in the clinic.