Pro Bono Project
The Pro Bono Project trains and coordinates volunteer legal professionals to represent clients in high-demand areas of immigration law, including applications for citizenship, U-Visas for victims of violence, and the DACA program. In 2015, the project expanded to include several new case types. Throughout all of its focus areas, the Pro Bono Project strives to provide high-quality training and skills development to members of the private bar, while simultaneously increasing ILCM’s ability to serve low-income and at-risk clients. The project has grown in both the number of attorneys it engages, and in its importance to the organization.
Since its creation in 2010, pro bono attorneys have allowed ILCM to represent higher numbers of clients each year. The project assists clients in three major program areas: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals; U-visa Adjustment; Naturalization, and; the Minnesota Children and Families Immigration Court Project. In 2015, private attorneys donated $382,200 worth of legal services to ILCM clients. An additional $16,060 of in-kind services were donated by law students and legal volunteers. In 2014, over 200 legal volunteers assisted 595 clients, representing 13 percent of ILCM’s overall case capacity.
To learn more about volunteering for the Pro Bono Project, click here.