11.1.18 — The law school’s new Immigrant Justice Clinic has won its first asylum case. The grant of asylum for a woman and her son from Mexico was the culmination of almost a year of clinic work among six different students and the two faculty directors, Rachel Rosenbloom and Hemanth Gundavaram.

Clinic students spent hundreds of hours on this case doing a range of work, including interviewing the client dozens of times, writing a declaration of the client’s story to present to the government, researching the conditions in Mexico and writing numerous versions of a legal brief based on an ever-changing legal landscape.

“This was holistic, team-based lawyering at its finest and a very hard fought victory,” said Gundavaram. “The client is thrilled to finally feel safe in the United States and to remain here with her family. The grant of asylum means that the client and her son can remain in the US, seek a green card in one year and gain citizenship in five years.”

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