Immigration Litigation & Appellate Clinic
Clinic students represent immigrant clients before the U.S. Immigration and Citizenship Service, Immigration Courts, Board of Immigration Appeals, and U.S. Courts of Appeal. Students will also lead community outreach and education presentations throughout the region in partnership with local service providers and immigrant organizers.
Examples of student projects include:
- Defend immigrants against deportation proceedings before immigration judges, the Board of Immigration Appeals, and federal appellate courts;
- Advise noncitizen defendants and their defense counsel on the immigration consequences of criminal charges and alternative resolutions of the charges;
- Represent immigrants in their applications for permanent residence, citizenship, asylum, special immigrant juvenile status, and visas for victims of domestic violence and other crimes;
- Develop community outreach and education materials and presentations;
- Provide individual immigration consultations to members of the University of Idaho and Washington State University communities.
Immigration Drop-in Clinic
Dates: January 30th, February 13th, February 27th, March 6th, March 20th, April 3rd, April 17th, and May 1st.
Time: 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Location: Room 09 of the Menard Law Building.
Courtney LaFranchi, Clinical Fellow at the University of Idaho College of Law's Immigration Clinic, will be available to answer your questions and provide advice on risks, rights, and resources under current immigration law.
- DACA Renewal Fact Sheet
- Post Election FAQs (English)
- Post Election FAQs (Spanish)
- Post Election FAQs (Arabic)
- Post Election FAQs (Chinese)
- Post Election FAQs (French)
- Post Election FAQs (Vietnamese)
- How to Report Bias and Hate Crimes in Idaho
- Emergency Planning Guide (English)
- Emergency Planning Guide (Spanish)
- Impact of 287g Agreements on Idaho Law Enforcement Agencies
- Risks Faced by Idaho’s Cities and Counties When Detaining Residents on Civil Immigration Charges
- How Immigration Law Can Affect Your Practice
University of Idaho’s Immigration Litigation & Appellate Clinic allows law students to provide wide-ranging legal services and education to immigrant clients and communities. In 2018, students secured the release of their client from immigration detention after two and a half years, won his case before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and watched him finally receive asylum as a gay man from Ghana after fighting for protection for more than three years. The case garnered the support of the National Immigrant Justice Center in Chicago, IL, which submitted an amicus curiae brief on how key Ninth Circuit precedent should be applied to the evidence supporting the client’s claim.
Students in the Main Street and Immigration clinics collaborated to win protection for their juvenile client in state court to help prevent his deportation to a country where his parents had abandoned and neglected him. Other students represented a client fight his deportation in immigration court, allowing him to remain with his three U.S. citizen children who have special needs. Clinic faculty and students also partnered with a local law firm, community organizers, and the Mexican Consulate to produce an emergency planning guide for immigrant families and service providers across the state so that families could be ready with critical documents and protect their rights in the immigration system. The students won the Rosa Parks Human Rights Achievement Award for their work on the guide.
“The Immigration Litigation & Appellate Clinic has without question been the best test of the skills I’ve learned in law school so far, and an incredibly fulfilling experience that has affirmed my interest in immigration law and the challenges faced by undocumented communities.”
-3L Naomi Doraisamy
Associate Professor of Law
BIA Law Scholars Amicus Brief
Kate Evans, Associate Professor of Law, submitted an amici curiae brief on behalf of seven leading international refugee law scholars from five different countries to the Board of Immigration Appeals. Click here for a practice advisory on the current state of the litigation, arguments advocates can advance, and links to all amici briefs submitted to the Board.