The Immigration Clinic Goes to Trial This November

Immigration Clinic students Valerie Stoneback, J.D. Class of 2022 (left) and Ian Thompson, J.D. Class of 2022 (right), with the Clinic’s Immigrant Justice Corps Fellow Nicole Alanko, J.D. Class of 2018 (center).

Students in the Immigration Clinic are preparing for the Clinic’s first asylum trial in just a few weeks. Last Spring, students in Immigration Clinic II prepared filings for the case, but the hearing was rescheduled at the last minute due to COVID. Now, students currently enrolled in the Clinic are picking up where last year’s students left off. In the few short weeks since the semester began, the students have prepared supplemental briefing for each family member addressing how important Attorney General and Fourth Circuit decisions that came out this summer support the case.  

“We’re so proud of the work of the Clinic students working on this case. It has only been a few weeks since the semester began, and they’ve already grappled with many complexities of asylum law,” said Nicole Alanko, the Clinic’s Immigrant Justice Corps Fellow. “While we were certainly disappointed that the hearing did not go forward last semester, I’m so happy to see the work that Ian and Valerie have put into this case. Every student who works with this family brings a unique perspective that makes our case that much stronger going into the hearing.”  

“Valerie and Ian have hit the ground running this semester, preparing supplemental briefs and immersing themselves in the case. Their ability to take the baton from last semester’s team and propel the case prep forward has been nothing short of impressive. They are a great team, and I have every confidence in them at trial.” said Stacy Kern-Scheerer, Director of the Immigration Clinic. 

The trial, known in immigration as an individual hearing, will take place in Arlington. The Clinic students will appear before the Department of Justice’s Executive Office of Immigration Review.  

You can join our efforts to represent more asylum-seeking families at trial. Support us through the Shainwald Immigration Law Clinic Fund.