August 3, 2022 — Clinical Supervising Attorney R. Parker Sheffy recently appeared before the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans on behalf of a University of Houston Law Center Immigration Clinic client.
The client, a victim of severe persecution in Uganda, is seeking asylum, withholding of removal, and protection under the Convention Against Torture. After a lengthy process before the administrative immigration system, the Clinic brought suit on behalf of the client to the federal court of appeals.
“The Clinic’s representation in this matter reflects our ongoing commitment to providing pro bono representation for individuals with complex federal litigation claims, and demonstrates the unique opportunities UHLC Immigration Clinic students have to litigate at the highest levels of our federal court system” Sheffy said.
The UHLC Immigration Clinic specializes in representing clients with wide-ranging immigration issues, including asylum on behalf of victims of torture and persecution who are fleeing civil war, genocide or political repression, immigrants who have been the victims of domestic violence, human trafficking and crime within the United States, unaccompanied children, among many others, including before both the U.S. immigration system and before U.S. federal courts.
“We are providing necessary expertise toward helping fulfill the overwhelming need for representation of foreign-born Houstonians before federal courts, representation that is extremely scarce for indigent individuals generally and otherwise functionally unavailable within Greater Houston,” Sheffy said.
The Immigration Clinic is preparing law students to be future immigration advocates by instilling a deep substantive knowledge of immigration law and processes, as well as how to be competent, ethical lawyers.
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