Learn all you need to know to be an effective court advocate!
CLINIC is pleased to announce this training opportunity. As part of its Defending Vulnerable Populations Project, the training is geared towards partial accredited representatives who want to qualify and apply for full accreditation in order to represent their clients in immigration court.
Complete and submit the application above to apply for your program to participate in the initiative by May 10, 2020. Space is limited. Participants will be notified of being selected by May 15, 2020.
Prior to attending the in-person training, participants must:
- View recordings of five to seven webinars on removal proceedings and program considerations that CLINIC will have available through an e-learning course starting in June
- Arrange for local mentoring on defense from removal and court skills by available attorney(s) and/or full accredited representative(s) with experience in representing non-citizens in immigration court in order to obtain hand-on experience.
- Observe a master calendar hearing(s) in immigration court and submit reflections in writing
- Study training materials, including a sample court file, and complete a case assessment exercise in advance of the in-person court skills training
Other initiative requirements:
- Participating in the three-day in-person court skills training that will be held: Dates and Location TBD
- Upon completion of the in-person court skills training, collect documentation towards your application for full accreditation and work with your CLINIC Field Support Coordinator (FSC) to finalize and submit the application to DOJ’s Office of Legal Access Programs (OLAP)
- Agree to identify a non-citizen in removal proceedings and accept the person as a client within three months after obtaining full accreditation
- Provide CLINIC with a reflection of how obtaining this advanced training and full accreditation status to represent individuals in removal proceedings has affected you and your program or community.
Memorandum of Understanding and detailed Timeline of Initiative Requirements that participants will need to agree to and execute on behalf of their agency.
CLINIC FSCs are available for technical support on the full accreditation application process.
Please use the following chart to contact the appropriate FSC for your area if you have additional questions:
|Nathaly Perez||Shaila Rahman||Helen Chen||Silvana Arista-Olms||Leya Speasmaker|
|GEORGIA||NEW HAMPSHIRE||ARIZONA||OKLAHOMA||NORTH DAKOTA|
|LOUISIANA||NEW YORK||HAWAII||IOWA||SOUTH DAKOTA|
|DISTRICT OF COLOMBIA||CONNECTICUT||NEVADA||ALABAMA||WYOMING|
|MARYLAND||INDIANA||NEW MEXICO||WEST VIRGINIA||ILLINOIS|