The Legal Aid Society's Immigrant Defense Externship Program At Columbia Law School Is Recognized By The New York City Council
FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2012
Pictured left to right: Julie Braker '13 (fall 2012 teaching assistant); Ellen Chapnick, Columbia Law School’s Dean for Social Justice Initiatives; Shannon McKinnon (staff attorney); Maria Navarro (a Supervising Attorney); Council Member Daniel Dromm; Olivia Cassin (staff attorney); and Faiza Said '12 (spring 2012 teaching assistant).

The New York City Council honored The Legal Aid Society's Immigration Defense Externship Program at Columbia Law School on April 18 to coincide with Immigration Heritage Week. New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and City Council Member Daniel Dromm, Chair of the Council's Committee on Immigration, presented proclamations to representatives of the Law School and Legal Aid.

The externship program places students with seasoned attorneys from The Legal Aid Society's Immigration Law Unit on projects providing direct representation and counseling of immigrants facing deportation from the United States. Students interview clients, participate in trial preparation and litigation strategy meetings, and assist the attorneys in researching complex legal issues and drafting memoranda of law. They also observe proceedings in Immigration Court and may have the opportunity to represent a client before the court.

Maria Navarro, a supervising attorney at The Legal Aid Society, and Olivia Cassin, a staff attorney, teach the externship in the Fall, and Amy Meselson and Shannon McKinnon, staff attorneys, run the spring externship.