This year, we were delighted to recognize the law firm Jenner & Block as our 2018 Pro Bono Award honoree for its full commitment to providing pro bono representation to immigrants in removal proceedings.
We are grateful for the firm’s support and dedication to defending immigrants. Most notably, we recognize the work of several Jenner & Block attorneys, including Danielle Nicholson, Irene Ten Cate and Michael Price.
In 2017, Jenner & Block took three cases through the BIA Pro Bono Project and secured protection for an asylum seeker in each. In one case, Nicholson and Ten Cate won a case after petitioning the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to review the firm resettlement bar for a client who had been persecuted both in his home country, Somalia, and in his first country of refuge, South Africa. In other cases, Price continued to represent a client after winning an appeal before the BIA, ultimately securing him asylum, and obtained bond for a client who was facing threats of gang violence in his home country.
CLINIC manages the largest pro bono appeals project in the United States. We couldn’t do it without partners like Jenner & Block helping us meet the needs of countless immigrants who find themselves caught in the U.S. immigration system, many risking persecution or death if sent back to their home country. Thank you to the attorneys at Jenner & Block for remaining committed to defending immigrants and for supporting CLINIC. The BIA Pro Bono Appeals Project would not be possible without the contributions of volunteers such as these.
National Immigration Justice Center
Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP
Latham & Watkins LLP
Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP
Paul Hastings, LLP
University of Houston Law Center Immigration Clinic
Swidler Berlin Shereff Friedman, LLP
King & Spalding, LLP
Thomas Tousley, Esq.
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP
Eric Singer, Esq.
Perkins Coie, LLP
Texas Southern University’s Clinical - Legal Studies Program
Georgetown University Law Center - Appellate Litigation Program