An update from Prof. Elizabeth Keyes, Director of the Immigrant Rights Clinic:
A group of UB Immigrant Rights Clinic students headed out bright and early Saturday morning, April 4, to provide immigration screening to about two dozen immigrants in Easton, Maryland.
Kelvin Lucas, Ifeyinwa Ekpe, Louise Moss, and Brendan Sullivan had worked with the Chesapeake Multicultural Resource Center (ChesMRC) in Easton to set up the event, and spent 5 hours on the Eastern Shore giving detailed consultations to the diverse clients who showed up, who needed advice on everything from asylum claims (something this group has already had a lot of experience with) to handling snags in the immigration process to information about other avenues for legal status. The students had three volunteer immigration attorneys on hand for supervision, but took the lead on both interviewing and counseling, as well as writing up the intakes.
As Ify Ekpe said, “this is the kind of thing we go to law school for!” The staff at ChesMRC were impressed by the students’ experience, their enthusiasm, and their willingness to dive in, even when the stories they were hearing were extremely difficult ones. By this time in the semester, as their clinic professor, I know their talents and abilities well–and I loved hearing others recognize those same talents and abilities.