Partial to Full Accredited Representative Initiative 2020

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Note: Due to the impact of COVID-19, the in-person portion of the following training will be scheduled sometime between November 2020 and early 2021. CLINIC will continue to track updates from the CDC and WHO and adapt accordingly.

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.

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The deadline to submit your application has now passed however, you can still apply and be placed on the waitlist.

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.

DOJ Recognition and Accreditation Toolkit contains a step-by-step guide to the application process. Specifically, utilize the resource ACTION PLAN for obtaining DOJ Full Accreditation.

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:

Silvana Arista-Olms Laura Burdick Helen Chen Minyoung Ohm Shaila Rahman Leya Speasmaker
ALASKA DELAWARE ALABAMA CONNECTICUT ARIZONA TEXAS
IDAHO DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA ARKANSAS MAINE CALIFORNIA  
ILLINOIS FLORIDA INDIANA MASSACHUSETTS COLORADO  
MICHIGAN GEORGIA IOWA NEW HAMPSHIRE HAWAII  
MINNESOTA LOUISIANA KANSAS NEW JERSEY NEW MEXICO  
MONTANA MARYLAND KENTUCKY NEW YORK OREGON  
NEVADA MISSISSIPPI MISSOURI RHODE ISLAND    
NORTH DAKOTA NORTH CAROLINA NEBRASKA VERMONT    
SOUTH DAKOTA OHIO OKLAHOMA      
UTAH PENNSYLVANIA TENNESSEE      
WASHINGTON SOUTH CAROLINA VIRGINIA      
WISCONSIN   WEST VIRGINIA      
WYOMING