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How Attorneys Can Help Unaccompanied Immigrant Children

By Llewelyn Pritchard

In the early 1990s, Sandy D’Alemberte, then the president of the ABA, called and asked me to chair a special committee to be called the ABA Pro Bono Development Committee on Immigration. Sandy had procured a multimillion-dollar grant from the Ford Foundation to encourage lawyers who were not involved in the practice of immigration law to take on pro bono cases in that field.

Despite an initial reluctance on my part to undertake the assignment, his charm and perseverance persuaded me. It changed my life! Learning about the plight of immigrants, refugees and newcomers in our country was an eye­opening experience.

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