Spring has sprung at the CLINIC offices in Washington, DC. Flowering cherry blossom trees are in bloom and as the weather transitions from winter to summer, this season brings with it the promise of renewal, rebirth, and growth. For our 11 million undocumented neighbors and the CLINIC family, this spring, in particular, presents hope for compassionate immigration reform and an air of preparation for a possible pathway to citizenship for those seeking legal status.
As CLINIC's new Executive Director, a fresh season in my life has begun, as well. Having come from the CLINIC network, I look forward to meeting the challenges and opportunities of legalization with an intimate understanding of the needs of grassroots charitable legal immigration service providers. I am particularly interested in hearing from our programs around the country about how we, at CLINIC, can support the work you do to serve the immigrant community. Our community of practitioners has welcomed me with open arms and it is my hope that I may engage CLINIC's affiliates with a similar vitality.
I am thankful to usher in this new season with the support of a network of experts in the field of immigration law and look forward to gathering with all of you during CLINIC's 16th Annual Convening: A Celebration of Service, Justice and Faith . This event, which comes at a historic moment for our nation's immigration laws and commemorates CLINIC's 25 years of leadership, is an occasion to come together to champion the most vulnerable among us. As we stand in solidarity with each other and newcomers to the United States, I feel blessed to embark on this chapter with a committed network poised to transform the provision of legal services and the hearts of those we serve.
*Ms. Atkinson was appointed CLINIC's Executive Director in March, 2013