Since 2011, the Practising Law Institute (PLI) has helped us champion the necessity of pro bono as one of our Bronze Corporate Sponsors. PLI is dedicated to providing attorneys with information and techniques to develop a professional, competitive edge and recognizes the importance of pro bono in helping attorneys cultivate their skills, develop time management and give back to their communities. We are pleased to share with you some information about their upcoming August 12th program on Defending Immigration Removal.

Immigrants without legal representation face a significantly higher risk of removal regardless of their eligibility for relief. Over half of the immigrants facing removal proceedings go unrepresented.

PLI’s Defending Immigration Removal Program 2013 will provide a comprehensive overview on how to effectively represent immigrants in removal proceedings, and review new developments in the law.  This year the program will also cover special issues in representing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender clients including the impact of the recent Supreme Court decisions.

In addition, attendees will learn about representing children, Violence Against Women Act claims, ethical issues, options available to clients with criminal convictions, and recent developments in asylum law.

Parisa Karaahmet, of Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen and Loewry is the Chair of this program and expert faculty from government, legal services and private firms will share their knowledge and experience.

Scholarships are available.  Access scholarship information here –