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Immigrant Rights Clinic

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The Immigrant Rights Clinic represents individuals facing deportation and partners with local, state, and national organizations to promote access to resources, education, and justice for non-citizens.

The clinic engages students in efforts to advance the rights of non-citizens through litigation, education and outreach, and policy advocacy. Student-attorneys defend immigrants against deportation in administrative and federal courts; they partner with national advocacy groups in impact litigation; and they work with legal service providers and grassroots organizations to disseminate resources for immigrant communities and to promote inclusive public policies.

Integrating their knowledge of constitutional, administrative, criminal, and immigration law, students develop comprehensive advocacy and communication strategies on behalf of individuals and coalitions. Through this work, they build the skills necessary for a flexible law practice, including evidence gathering, written and oral advocacy, client interviewing and counseling, as well as policy analysis and reporting.

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Within the span of eight to 10 weeks, I was pushed to juggle a number of concurrent tasks and to adapt to changing circumstances in a way that I’ve never experienced firsthand in a legal case.

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Amanda Ng '20

Clinic Faculty

Shane Ellison

Senior Lecturing Fellow
Supervising Attorney, Immigrant Rights Clinic

  919-660-6956

 ellison@law.duke.edu

Kate Evans

Clinical Professor of Law
Director, Immigrant Rights Clinic

  919-613-7036

 evans@law.duke.edu

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The Immigrant Rights Clinic engages students in the direct representation of noncitizens and community organizations in litigation, community outreach, and policy advocacy.  Students will work in teams to represent individual clients in litigation matters, such as removal proceedings in immigration court, administrative or federal appeals, or other legal claims, as well as work with community-based organizations in advocacy projects or outreach and education campaigns.