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Keep Tucson Together

Brief Writing for Asylum Seekers w/a Pro Bono Immigration Clinic in Tucson, Arizona

You will be working on briefs for asylum seekers appearing before difficult judges in the Tucson Immigration Court.

Posted August 4, 2020

Background & Context

*now seeking immigration lawyers only* We are a small organization (keeptucsontogether.org), with just a few lawyers volunteering with us, none of whom have the time to write briefs. The brief-writing work falls to our legal assistants and volunteers, none of whom have much experience with brief-writing, and so our briefs end up being poorly written. Well-written briefs by knowledgeable lawyers would make a huge difference for our clients! All of our legal services are provided completely for free, and we are a part of the larger organization of No More Deaths/No Mas Muertes (nomoredeaths.org).

Immediate Problem

At the moment, there are a couple of law students who write briefs, but neither of them have much experience. We use some basic templates we have created. We most frequently need briefs written for people who fear cartel violence in Mexico, and we also have clients who are fleeing political persecution in Cuba, Central America, and South America, and clients who are LGBTQ+.

Work & Deliverables

We have a regular need for briefs to submit in immigration court.
Project Plan

Preparation Phase

  • An email will be sent to you containing documents and information about the case you will be working

Collaboration Phase

  • Write a brief based on the information provided in the email.

Wrap Up

  • Deliver final brief to our asylum coordinator's email.
Allison, Katie, and 68 others support this project.

Additional Information

  • Time Commitment: 6-10 hours
  • Training Provided: Yes
  • Additional Training Details: Our asylum coordinator can provide you with the templates we have been using and inform you of our current process.
  • Site-Preference: Remote
  • Open to Law Students: No
  • Additional Location Details: You just need a computer and the internet!
  • Bar License(s) required: Any Bar License
  • Required Languages: None
  • Preferred Languages: Spanish
  • Mentoring Provided: Yes
  • Supervision Provided: Yes
Keep Tucson Together

Keep Tucson Together (KTT) is a joint project of the Pima County Public Defender and No More Deaths. We represent anyone in Pima County in removal proceedings before the Immigration Court. Currently, we have over 450 clients in removal proceedings or on appeal.

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