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New York City Council Honors Law School Immigration Clinics

Immigrant Rights and Access to Justice Clinic in New York Law Journal, April 27, 2012

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Immigrants' rights clinics at six law schools across New York City were honored by the City Council on April 18 for their "outstanding service" to the immigrant community. The event, spearheaded by Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Councilman Daniel Dromm, chair of the Committee on Immigration, coincided with the city's Immigration Heritage Week, held April 17-24.

The honorees were:

• Brooklyn Law School's Safe Harbor Clinic, where students work on asylum applications and immigration status cases.

• Fordham University School of Law's Immigrant Rights and Access to Justice Clinic, where students represent clients—including asylum seekers, orphaned or abused children and individuals facing deportation following a criminal conviction—in securing or maintaining lawful immigrant status.

• St. John's University School of Law's Refugee and Immigrant Rights Clinic, a partnership with the Immigration Legal Services Department at Catholic Charities in New York City.

• Columbia Law School's Immigration Defense Externship program, where students are paired with attorneys from the Legal Aid Society's immigration law unit to provide direct representation and counseling to immigrants facing deportation.

• The Immigrants Rights Clinic at New York University School of Law and the Kathryn O. Greenberg Immigration Justice Clinic at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.