The DC Pro Bono Week (Oct. 19–26) presented by the Washington Council of Lawyers (WCL) finished the week with an Immigration Reform Clinic on Saturday, Oct. 26th, 2013 in Arlington, VA. The Immigration Reform Clinic which was sponsored by the DC Chapter of AILA and Equal Justice Works included a forum on Potential Immigration Reform and Stopping Notario Fraud. MVP Law Group‘s Managing Attorney, Kellie Lego was one of the Attorney Panelists presenting at the clinic.
List of Panelists:
Julia Toro – Attorney, Private Practice Adonia R. Simpson –Attorney, Non-profit Kellie Lego – Attorney, Private Practice Lory D. Rosenberg – Attorney, Private Practice Anne Schaufele – Law Clerk, Non-profit
The Immigration Reform Clinic which was open to the public was attended by about thirty law students (from across the country) which were participating in the “Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair.” The law students joined area immigration attorneys for an informal meeting before the panel presentation started.
The panel presentation provided a comprehensive overview of how immigration reform could affect legal practice areas and how to advise clients on preparing now for any possible changes. The panelists also discussed the increasing problem of notario fraud; fraudulent immigration consultants (notarios), who “capitalize on immigrants’ vulnerability and ignorance of the U.S. legal system to offer substandard, false, or nonexistent immigration services.” The panel presentation ended with a half hour Q&A session.
Source of Information:
WCL – Pro Bono Week Wrap-Up: Lawyers Seek to Protect Immigrants from Notario Fraud
Photos of Event:
Immigration Forum (Oct. 26, 2013)