Appellate Litigation Clinic Honored by Catholic Legal Immigration Network

December 1, 2011 —

In recognition of its "invaluable contributions made to the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) Pro Bono Project and to the vulnerable populations that the project serves," the Georgetown University Law Center Appellate Litigation Clinic has received the Pro Bono Award from the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc.

"Over the past decade, the Georgetown Law Appellate Litigation Clinic has provided us with exceptional work on their cases with unparalleled dedication, energy and skill," said Lauren Sullivan, advocacy attorney for the BIA Pro Bono Project. "Their commitment is a contributing factor to how we are here today celebrating our 10th anniversary."

Established in 2004, the Pro Bono Award is given annually to individuals, law firms and law schools that provide pro bono legal representation to indigent immigrants before the Board of Immigration Appeals, the nation’s highest administrative appeals court for decisions made by immigration judges.

In addition to representing dozens of detained immigrants over the last several years, the Appellate Litigation Clinic was also recognized for training numerous students and fellows who continue to volunteer with the BIA Pro Bono Project after they graduate.

The Appellate Litigation Clinic is one of 14 clinical programs at Georgetown Law. Students in the program handle both civil and criminal appeals involving issues such as immigration, habeas corpus and civil rights. They are exposed to litigation in several different courts including the federal circuits, Board of Immigration Appeals and local D.C. courts. The clinic has had four cases reach the U.S. Supreme Court on grants of writs of certiorari, giving over twenty Law Center students the opportunity to participate in Supreme Court litigation before graduating from law school.