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Meet the 2020 Immigration Summer Legal Corps Student Fellows

/ Press Release

This summer, Equal Justice Works is launching the Immigration Summer Legal Corps (ISLC), a new program that supports 20 law students in providing legal services for low-income immigrants.

Program participants, called Student Fellows are hosted at legal services organizations, where they spend eight to ten weeks during the summer helping to expand high-quality comprehensive legal services and resources for low-income immigrants affected by the coronavirus pandemic. To best support the health and safety of the Student Fellows and the immigrant communities they will serve, their host organizations have adjusted their projects to support remote work.

Here’s what our 2020 ISLC Student Fellows will accomplish this summer:

Molly Albano, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law

Hosted by Ayuda, Molly will join the organization’s Domestic Violence/Family Law Program, where she will assist staff attorneys in providing culturally competent, trauma-informed legal services to immigrant crime victims. Molly will also be part of the Immigration Legal team, working alongside staff attorneys to help clients prepare detailed declarations in support of their applications for T-visas as well as asylum relief in Immigration Court. To learn more about Molly’s project, click here.

Kelechi Alfred-Igbokwe, St. John’s University Law School

Hosted by the New York Civil Liberties Union, Kelechi will help the organization shine a light on egregious immigration enforcement and detention in New York State. To learn more about Kelechi’s project, click here.

Samantha Arreguri, Florida International College of Law

Hosted by Americans for Immigrant Justice, Samantha will serve in the organization’s Family Defense Program, which focuses on educating immigrant across South Florida about their rights and changes in immigration policies, as well as providing legal screenings, connection to pro-bono attorneys for representation, and direct representation in more complex immigration matters. To learn more about Samantha’s project, click here.

Efeoghene Ayanruoh, The University of Iowa College of Law

Hosted by Legal Assistance of Western New York, Efeoghene will expand the organization’s capacity to meet the needs of low-income refugee families in Monroe County. Efeoghene will help provide legal services related to employment, public benefits, housing, and health law. To learn more about Efeoghene’s project, click here.

Micah Burns, Mississippi College School of Law

Hosted by the Mississippi Center for Justice, Micah will respond to the state’s largest removal raid through public records requests, litigation, and community partnerships. To learn more about Micah’s project, click here.

Diana Cabrera-Vega, University of California, Davis School of Law

Hosted by Bay Area Legal Aid, Diana will provide direct legal services by identifying forms of relief available to immigrant survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. To learn more about Diana’s project, click here.

Victoria Comesañas, Stanford Law School

Hosted by Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), Victoria will work with the organization’s direct service team to advocate on behalf of unaccompanied minors in Harris and Montgomery counties of Texas. To learn more about Victoria’s project, click here.

Yohannes Ejigu, Temple University Beasley School of Law

Hosted by HIAS Pennsylvania, Yohannes will assist staff attorneys in providing services to low-income immigrants regarding the adjustment of status, removal defense, family unification, citizenship, and asylum. To learn more about Yohannes’ project, click here.

Patrick Guiliani, University of Notre Dame Law School

Hosted by Florence Immigration and Refugee Rights Project, Patrick will focus on writing, research, and advocacy relating to Habeus Corpus proceedings in relation to COVID-19 and prolonged wrongful detention. He will play a crucial role in setting up resources and materials for pro bono attorneys to assist in cases. To learn more about Patrick’s project, click here.

Maggie LaPoint, Harvard Law School

Hosted by Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Maggie will support the organization’s Family Detention Project, which serves women and children detained at the South Texas Family Residential Center. At the Center, Maggie will provide legal services in the form of asylum-related immigration work to the women and children detained there. To learn more about Maggie’s project, click here.

Jana Moss, American University Washington College of Law

Hosted by Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), Jana will provide legal services to unaccompanied children residing in Washington, D.C., Alexandria City, and the Virginia counties of Arlington, Fairfax, and Prince William. To learn more about Jana’s project, click here.

Chelsea Muir, UC Berkeley Law

Hosted by the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project, Chelsea will join the organization’s Border Action Team to help identify and serve members of at-risk immigrant populations. To learn more about Chelsea’s project, click here.

Fernanda Palacios Herrera, St. Marys University Law School

Hosted by the Human Rights Initiative of North Texas, Fernanda will support the organization’s efforts to meet the legal needs of people seeking asylum, immigrant crime victims, and children eligible for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status. To learn more about Fernanda’s project, click here.

Tania Parra, Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University

Hosted by Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), Tania will prepare merits filings and state court filings for unaccompanied minors in the Union, Hudson, Essex, and Bergen counties of New Jersey. To learn more about Tania’s project, click here.

Veronica Philipsborn, California Western School of Law

Hosted by the Immigration Justice Project, Veronica will expand the organization’s capacity to meet the legal needs of detained clients at the Otay Mesa Detention and Center and its non-detained clients in the greater San Diego area. To learn more about Veronica’s project, click here.

Gabriela Reyes Ventura, City University of New York School of Law

Hosted by Bet Tzedek Legal Services, Gabriela will provide legal services to undocumented youth throughout the Greater Los Angeles, Orange County, the Inland Empire, San Diego County, and cities throughout Northern California and the Central Coast. To learn more about Gabriela’s project, click here.

Will Sheehan, Roger Williams University School of Law

Hosted by New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI), Will will be responsible for a variety of matters related to the organization’s Health Justice Program, including completing comprehensive immigration and health screenings. He will also work closely with NYLPI’s immigration attorney on several representation matters, including asylum and U-visas cases for individuals with serious health conditions. To learn more about Will’s project, click here.

Jeffrey Simon, University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School

Hosted by Tahirih Justice Center, Jeffrey will support Tahirih-Atlanta’s representation of survivors at the Immigration Court level and assisting with the development of the organization’s Atlanta Appellate Project. To learn more about Jeffrey’s work, click here.

Arianne Thomas, Ohio State University Moritz College of Law

Hosted by Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc., Arianne will assist attorneys and paralegals in representing immigrants and Spanish-speaking agricultural workers through the organization’s Agricultural Worker and Immigrant Rights Practice Group. To learn more about Arianne’s project, click here.

Jacqueline Zurmuhlen, City University of New York School of Law

Hosted by Public Law Center, Jacqueline will expand access to justice for low-income residents by providing direct legal services, conducting legal research, and writing in support of removal defense cases. To learn more about Jacqueline’s project, click here.

We are excited to see what our Immigration Summer Legal Corps Student Fellows will accomplish this summer. Learn more about the program here.

Learn more about becoming an Equal Justice Works Fellow