i. Each week we distribute new cases of individuals who need representation for their appeal. Contact the CLINIC BIA Pro Bono Project coordinator if you have questions about a case or would like to volunteer for a particular case. After the case is assigned to you, CLINIC will get consent from the respondent, which can take a week or two. If we do not get consent, we will be happy to assign you a new one. Once you receive the consent packet, you will file your entry of appearance (Form EOIR-27) with the Board.
ii. Once the Board receives the EOIR-27, it will send you a full copy of the record of proceedings. This is unique to our project and will not happen with other Board appeals. Normally you would have to do a FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) request, or dig up the information yourself, so receiving a copy of the record is one significant advantage of participating in our project, rather than doing a Board appeal on your own. The Board will also send you a briefing schedule, typically set 3 weeks from the time your EOIR-27 was received. You have the option of filing for an extension, which the Board will always grant. If it does not, let us know and we will intervene to get the extension. The extension is for an additional 3 weeks, so you will have a total of 6 weeks to write the brief, if you request the extension. We will send you a sample extension request.
iii. Next, you write your brief. The Board prefers concise briefs that are about 15-20 pages long. You file one copy with the Board and send one to the opposing counsel (DHS). Other than keeping in touch with CLINIC and updating the respondent, that’s all there is to it.