Students in the Immigrants’ Rights Clinic have full responsibility for defending clients against deportation in San Francisco Immigration Court, the Board of Immigration Appeals, and the federal courts of appeals. As part of that work, students write complex legal briefs, argue cases, conduct fact investigation, interview witnesses and clients, and represent clients in mini-trials. Students also engage in cutting-edge litigation and advocacy in partnership with local and national immigrants’ rights organizations.
Students Win Asylum Case In Immigration Court
Anita Desai, ‘22 and Tyler Cochran, ‘22 successfully represented their asylum-seeker client at her mini-trial in San Francisco Immigration Court. Anita and Tyler also developed and submitted evidentiary materials and written pleadings in support of their client’s case. The immigration judge granted asylum, so Anita and Tyler’s client can now live in the U.S. without fear of deportation.
Students’ Big Victory for Undocumented Client
Jon Contreras, ‘22 and Miye D’Oench, ‘22 represented an undocumented mother to contest the long delay that the federal government imposed on the adjudication of the client’s immigrant visa petition. Jon and Miye conducted legal research and drafted a mandamus petition. Thanks to Jon and Miye’s negotiations with opposing counsel, their client’s petition was adjudicated and approved. Their client is now eligible for permanent residency.
IHP Criminal Defense Toolkit
The Immigrants’ Rights Clinic developed a first-of-its-kind toolkit for criminal defenders working with noncitizen clients who may be placed in removal proceedings through the Institutional Hearing Program (IHP). The Clinic developed these materials on behalf of the Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC).
Protecting the Rights of Noncitizens
The Immigrants' Rights Clinic is committed to protecting the rights of noncitizens through advocacy, direct legal services, and partnerships with community organizations.