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CLINIC Membership

Who are CLINIC's members?

CLINIC’s member agencies are Catholic-based nonprofits serving community needs, including immigration legal services. Subscribers in CLINIC’s network are non-Catholic nonprofits also providing immigration legal representation. Member agencies provide authorized immigration legal representation from attorneys and/or Department of Justice (DOJ) accredited representatives at the partial or full level. While hundreds of attorneys work in the network, the majority of staff are accredited representatives. Staff range in their years of legal experience, areas of expertise and non-English language options. Many are immigrants themselves. These individuals provide the bulk of the direct, charitable legal services to communities across the country.

CLINIC trains and supports member agency staff so that they can provide effective, professional and sustainable services to low-income immigrants in greatest need.

 

Who can be a CLINIC member?

CLINIC’s mission is to extend and improve the legal immigration work principally performed by the Catholic Church in the United States. CLINIC offers membership to Catholic nonprofits, as opposed to individuals, serving low-income and at-risk immigrants. Separately incorporated, non-profit organizations within the same Catholic diocese shall independently obtain, and not share, CLINIC membership.

 

How to Apply

  • Contact us to learn if you're eligible. If so, an application will be sent to you by email.
  • Receive, complete, and return the full application.
  • Once accepted into CLINIC's network, a link to pay your dues will be provided.

 

Membership Dues

Dues are based on the size of the immigration program's budget.

  • $600 for programs with a budget of $50,000 or less
  • $800 for programs with a budget of $50,001 to $150,000
  • $1,000 for programs with a budget of $150,001 and up

Prospective and renewing member agencies will be invoiced at the beginning of the year when the Membership Registration and Renewal Form is sent. Membership dues must be paid by the deadline indicated in the invoice in order for the member to remain in good standing. CLINIC will send up to two payment reminders.

CLINIC does not provide a payment plan or sliding scale. Members pay a reduced fee of half the annual amount above if the application is approved between July through December. All renewals require the full dues amount. All renewals are invoiced at full, annual amount. Membership dues are invoiced at the beginning of the year when the annual renewal process begins.

 

Year One Affiliate Dues Scholarship

CLINIC provides a limited number of scholarships, or waivers, for a new affiliate’s first-year dues to join the network as a Catholic member organization or non-Catholic subscriber nonprofit. Click below for information about our policy, eligibility requirements and application form.

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CLINIC Member Benefits for 2022

Legal Training and Mentoring

  • Gain consultations with an experienced immigration attorney who has expertise in areas of practice common to nonprofit client’s needs;
  • Access CLINIC’s unparalleled resources designed for nonprofit immigration legal representatives and their professional development needs including a wide array of legal immigration toolkits, papers, training manuals, program management tools, and other resources to further enhance your practice and better serve your clients;
  • Get free access to periodic webinars on unique issues in immigration law and recent changes;
  • Receive discount registration fees for CLINIC’s highly sought in-person, webinars and e- trainings spanning a wide variety of legal and program management topics;
  • Receive discount registration fees to CLINIC Convening attended by hundreds of professionals representing the diversity of the U.S.’s immigration population who are nonprofit immigration legal representatives, attorneys in private practice, community advocates, religious workers, labor union staff, refugee resettlement caseworkers and more, gathered for inspirational messages, technical training on immigration law and keen insights into better program management practices;
  • Access a free subscription to CLINIC’s monthly e-newsletter, Catholic Legal Immigration News, relaying insightful legal analysis to immigration changes along with compelling stories from CLINIC’s growing and diverse network of affiliates and staff; and

Litigation

  • Acquire robust mentorship from CLINIC’s Defending Vulnerable Populations, or DVP, Section attorneys on motions to reopen in immigration court;
  • Have the opportunity to co-counsel on motions to reopen and appeals on motions to reopen;
  • Refer Board of Immigration Appeals, or BIA, appeals and petitions for review cases to CLINIC’s BIA Pro Bono Project;
  • Secure the inclusion of your organization’s interests in CLINIC’s federal litigation efforts in which CLINIC appears as an organizational plaintiff and in amicus briefing to the BIA and federal courts;
  • Gain priority status on issues that require federal litigation to protect the interests of clients

Advocacy Support

  • Engage CLINIC advocacy attorneys for case escalation support on what actions members can take to escalate cases within various government offices and receive CLINIC advocacy support, as appropriate, to escalate the case on the member’s behalf through alternate channels;
  • Acquire, during your state legislative session, strategy guidance on any proposed local bills you may be interested in supporting or opposing to make your community more welcoming. We help write testimony, review proposed legislation and provide feedback, and can provide a comprehensive overview of what other states have done on similar matters;
  • Join the CLINIC Affiliate Advocacy listserv to help build your organization’s individual advocacy power. The listserv is an exclusive service providing members with advocacy and strategic communications resources, flagging advocacy opportunities, and providing a forum for questions, discussion, and collaboration with both CLINIC and other Affiliates;
  • Sign up and receive CLINIC’s Topline Immigration Policy, or TIPs Updates. Through this listserv, CLINIC’s Advocacy team provides topline analysis, summarizes critical information regarding government announcements on immigration policy changes, and helps put it in context for both individuals and practitioners;
  • Receive Advocacy Action Alerts sent out as periodically in the forms of sign on letters, model public comments and social media actions;
  • Get CLINIC’s State and Local Newsletter, a one-of-a-kind monthly publication providing comprehensive, country-wide updates on state and local legislation, short articles and analysis on how immigration law and policy intersects with other topics, information on funding opportunities, and advocacy tips; and
  • Participate with other affiliates and CLINIC’s Advocacy Team for CLINIC Advocacy Roundtables. At these sessions, CLINIC’s Advocacy Team will provide a forum for affiliate feedback on advocacy services, provide trainings and discuss the latest in immigration law and policy.

Organizational Capacity Building

  • Join an initiation call with a Field Support Coordinator, or FSC, in order to fully onboard new affiliate staff into the CLINIC network. The call will allow the FSC to advise your program’s leadership and direct service staff on best to access CLINIC’s services and acquire authorization to practice immigration law without an attorney, if necessary;
  • Gain practical guidance on starting, sustaining and growing an immigration legal program to meet un-met needs of low-income immigrants in your community;
  • Receive consultation and technical assistance to have non-attorney staff and volunteers become an authorized legal immigration service provider through Department of Justice’s agency recognition and staff accreditation — learn from the most experienced nonprofit professionals dedicated to assisting non-attorneys acquire authorization to practice immigration law;
  • Receive consultation and technical assistance on renewing agency recognition and non-attorney staff accreditation status, partial and full, under DOJ regulations;
  • Gain access to a member-restricted section of CLINIC's website where special resources are stored;
  • Benefit from consultations with experts on immigrant and community integration initiatives that can make your community more welcoming to newcomers and bond local residents in the process;
  • Receive free registration for selected program management webinars on best practices and new initiatives not provided by any other nonprofit technical assistance provider;
  • Use a CLINIC-designed self-assessment tool designed for program directors who wish to determine which best practices are in full implementation, in-progress or not yet engaged;
  • Make postings and access CLINIC's web-based Job Board to advertise and search for the best applicants in the country;
  • Be eligible for CLINIC flow-through grants for special projects pending funding availability, capacity to implement the project, willingness to commit to deliverables listed in a Memoranda of Understanding and more pre-requisites;
  • Receive a FSC’s in-person or virtual “site assessment” with a follow-up letter of observations, recommendations and resources, to be scheduled when the FSC and member prioritize the assessment to take place; and
  • Use LawLogix’s EDGE immigration case management system at discount pricing with added, online training opportunities (see below for more on our exclusive agreement with LawLogix).
  • Access to discount pricing for use of LawLogix’s EDGE immigration case management system plus new features and added benefits found at Learn More link below.

 

CLINIC's Exclusive Agreement with LawLogix

CLINIC is a proud user of LawLogix Edge, the industry’s leading immigration case management software solution that streamlines workflows, improves visibility and helps nonprofit organizations serve clients more efficiently. CLINIC affiliates (members and subscribers) who are using Edge benefit from pricing discounts, comprehensive training and educational opportunities as well as certification programs.

Learn more.

Who is LawLogix?

LawLogix Edge is the exclusive provider and all-in-one immigration case management solution to CLINIC and its affiliates. Complete with integrated immigration forms, billing, robust reporting, mobile intake capabilities, client web portal and more, LawLogix Edge enables thousands of today's leading immigration practitioners to serve more clients more efficiently.

CLINIC affiliates play a critical role in providing immigrants with reputable and trustworthy immigration assistance, a mission that aligns well with LawLogix's pledge to only sell its software to immigration attorneys and DOJ recognized organizations. LawLogix is the only immigration case management software company to partner with a nonprofit organization the size and caliber of CLINIC, a sign of the commitment between both organizations to bring value to their stakeholders and to the community.

As an on-going commitment to CLINIC and its affiliates, LawLogix grants the Naturalization Award to CLINIC affiliate organizations. Effective Jan. 1, 2022, this award provides no-cost Naturalization applications and best practice workflow processes for increased Naturalization activity including workshops To learn more about this benefit, please schedule an appointment here.

https://www.lawlogix.com/products/edge/edge-consultation/

Promoting the Dignity of Immigrants with Affordable Legal Expertise

As it has for more than 30 years, CLINIC will fight for the rights of immigrants. CLINIC trains legal representatives who provide high-quality and affordable immigration legal services. We develop and sustain a network of nonprofit programs that serve close to 500,000 immigrants every year. We cultivate projects that support and defend vulnerable immigrant populations by:

  • providing direct representation for asylum seekers at the U.S.-Mexico border and educating them about their rights; 
  • reuniting formerly separated families;
  • increasing legal representation for those in removal proceedings and in detention;
  • providing public education on immigration law and policies; and
  • advocating for fair and just immigration policies that acknowledge the inherent dignity and value of all people.  

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About the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc.

Embracing the Gospel value of welcoming the stranger, CLINIC promotes the dignity and protects the rights of immigrants in partnership with a dedicated network of Catholic and community legal immigration programs. We are based out of Silver Spring, Maryland (Washington, D.C. metropolitan area), with an office in Oakland, California, and additional staff working from locations throughout the country. Questions and inquiries can be sent to national@cliniclegal.org.

 

National Office

8757 Georgia Avenue, Suite 850, Silver Spring, MD 20910
Main Phone: (301) 565-4800 / Main Fax: (301) 565-4824

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