Immigration Law Clinic
Clinic interns represent clients before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Immigration Courts, the Board of Immigration Appeals, and U.S. Courts of Appeal. Interns also lead community outreach and educational presentations throughout the region in partnership with local service providers and community organizations.
Examples of intern projects include:
- Representing clients in removal proceedings before Immigration Judges, the Board of Immigration Appeals, and federal appellate courts;
- Representing clients in their applications for permanent residence, citizenship, asylum, special immigrant juvenile status, and visas for victims of domestic violence and other crimes;
- Developing educational materials and presentations for community outreach efforts;
- Providing individual legal consultations to members of the University of Idaho and Washington State University communities.
Director of the Immigration Litigation and Appellate Clinic, Associate Professor of Law
- 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
- A District Court judge in the Western District of Washington granted a habeas petition filed by the U of I Immigration Clinic in partnership with Duke’s immigration clinic, ordering a bond hearing in Federal District Court—a novel remedy in that District and one for which the U of I clinic had advocated in its briefing. The client was released soon thereafter as part of a settlement agreement.
- A clinic student argued a case before the Ninth Circuit on behalf of a Guatemalan asylum seeker, and the Court granted our client’s petition for review, remanding the case to the agency for consideration of recent precedent. The clinic had raised a novel claim arguing for a right to counsel in a type of expedited removal procedure called a “reasonable fear review hearing,” and our case was consolidated for oral argument with Orozco-Lopez v. Garland, in which the Court held in a published decision that there is a right to counsel in reasonable fear review hearings
- Over the summer, two U of I clinic students (Gabriela Martinez and Brad Wanken pictured below) participating in a collaborative effort with the University of New Mexico School of Law succeeded in advocating for the release of a detained Haitian asylum seeker, who was then able to rejoin his common-law wife and newborn daughter.
- The clinic continued to offer outreach and legal consultations to area students, and conducted two presentations for WSU students concerning Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
- A team of Immigration Clinic students succeeded in advocating for the release of an asylum seeker from immigration detention in time for her to reunite with children for the holidays. The clinic is also representing the client in her petition for review to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The Idaho Press covered the story in this article.
- The University of Idaho Immigration Clinic partnered with Duke’s immigration clinic and two UI Law Alumni to file a habeas petition on behalf of another detained clinic client. Read this Idaho Mountain News summary of the litigation.
- Clinic students conducted regular consultations for WSU students to assess their immigration law options.
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