Bar Bulletin

Bar Bulletin

Volunteering To Aid Asylum Seekers

September 2018 Bar Bulletin

By Joan Tierney

Responding to the recent horrendous events at our southern border, I decided to return to my roots as a pro bono lawyer after 10 years as an administrative law judge.

I changed my bar status from “Judicial” to “Active,” but like many non-immigration lawyers I lacked the immigration law experience to be of service to those seeking asylum or separated from their children while immigrating.

I contacted various groups to volunteer and received an email from KCBA Trustee Tahmina Watson telling me about her latest project, WIDEN, which is devoted to assisting asylum seekers. Her model was to recruit and match two non-immigration lawyers with...

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