Albany Law School will be closed today until 4pm due to the weather.
Albany Law School today announced that its first year operating the Immigration Law Clinic resulted in students providing free legal help to immigrant families in the Capital Region on cases of domestic violence, protection of minors, deportation, detention and U-Visa applications.
"Immigration law is a significant issue across the nation, and in the Capital Region, and the new Clinic provided opportunities for immigrants to receive legal help while students experienced real issues with real clients under the supervision of experienced attorneys," said Sarah Rogerson, a professor of law and director of the Immigration Law Clinic at Albany Law School.
Impact on the Community in the program's first year included:
The new clinic will continue next year due to the recently enacted state budget.
The Clinic is the newest addition within the Albany Law School Clinic & Justice Center through which students help hundreds of clients each year in such areas as health care, domestic violence and tax law. The students, under the supervision of professors and practicing attorneys, assist clients who might not otherwise have access to legal representation.
"The Law School is very grateful to receive the support of our elected officials in this area, particularly the leadership in the Assembly: Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, Assemblyman Marcos Crespo, Chair of the New York State Assembly Task Force on New Americans, and the New York State Assembly Puerto Rican/Hispanic Task Force. We especially want to thank Assemblywoman Patricia A. Fahy, Assemblyman John McDonald, Assemblyman Phil Steck and Senator Neil Breslin, who all understand the need for this type of legal clinic in the Capital District," said Professor Rogerson.
Rogerson also credited community partners who helped the Clinic expand its ability to provide legal services to immigrants in the region. Partners included the New York State Office for New Americans and Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence, The Legal Project, Empire Justice Center and the Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York.
PreLaw magazine recently named Albany Law School one of the top law schools in the country for its ability to train students in public service, based in part on the volume of experiential opportunities available to the school's students through the Law Clinic & Justice Center and other programs.