UHLC Immigration Clinic recognized by AILA for its pro bono service

Professor Michael A. Olivas talks about depth of UHLC immigration course offerings and clinical training during a Career Week panel discussion on immigration law. Fellow panelists include Professor Geoffrey Hoffman, left, Jacob Monty ’93, and Wafa Abdin ’00.

From left to right: clinical  supervising attorney Susham Modi, Director of the immigration clinic Geoffrey Hoffman, clinical supervising fellow Veronica Bernal, and not pictured, Janet Beck, visiting clinical assistant professor..

March 12, 2015- The University of Houston Law Center’s immigration clinic has been selected as the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Pro Bono Hero for the Central Region.

AILA is a national association of attorneys and law professors that recognizes individuals and organizations from across the country that promotes or contributes to services for the public good.

In a written statement the AILA said it is glad to distinguish the UH Law Center immigration clinic as a Pro Bono Hero for their exemplary role in support of pro bono and access to justice.

Clinical Associate Professor and Director of the Immigration Clinic Geoffrey Hoffman said “It is a great honor for the UHLC immigration clinic to accept this prestigious pro bono hero award.”

Hoffman was previously awarded the Elmer Fried Excellence in Teaching Award for 2014, by AILA for his work as a professor at UHLC.

UHLC immigration clinic serves communities not only in Houston, but throughout Texas, encouraging law students and private attorneys to consider pro bono practice.

The center offers multiple training as well as workshops annually to help educate the immigration bar and the legal community.

“We are proud to be a source of knowledge and guidance for pro bono attorneys, and also applaud the work of our dedicated law students who have worked so hard on cases helping immigrant communities,” said Hoffman.  



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