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Asylum Law & Procedure for Pro Bono Advocates

Monday September 16 -
Tuesday September 17 2013

  • By: Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area
  • Time: 2:30 PM - 5:45 PM
  • Time Zone: Pacific Time (US & Canada)
  • CLE Credit
  • Location:
    PG&E Conference Center
    245 Market Street
    Conference Room A
    San Francisco, CA
  • Contact:
    Silvia Contreras
    Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area

A two-afternoon seminar for volunteer attorneys, interpreters, students, and others interested in asylum representation.

Monday Schedule:

2:45How Lawyers' Committee's Pro Bono Asylum Program works with you to provide legal representation to indigent refugees - Robin Goldfaden, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area3:00Overview of Asylum law, with focus on Particular Social Group Ground of Asylum - Blaine Bookey, Center for Gender and Refugee Studies, UC Hastings College of the Law4:45Overview of Asylum Procedure from Asylum Office to Immigration Court - Camiel Becker, Becker & Lee LLP; Ruby Lieberman, Law Office of Ruby Lieberman; Members of LCCR Pro Bono Asylum Mentor Attorney Panel

Tuesday Schedule

3:00Your Client: The IMpact of Trauma & Culture; Working with Experts - Dr. Ann Tran, PhD, Psychologist, Survivors International; Samira Alibakit, Interpreter (Tigrinya, Amharic, and Arabic), Survivors International4:45Presenting the Asylum Case in Immigration Court - The Honorable Amy Hoogasian, United States Immigration Court, in her proposed capacity

To register fill out the registration form and email the completed form to Silvia Contreras at: Registration is free for pro bono volunteers of LCCR and other nonprofit programs and nonprofit legal workers, law students, and interpreters.

Lawyers' Committee pro bono asylum teams work closely with Center for Gender & Refugee Studies (CGRS) at UC Hastings to help their gender asylum applicants tell their stories of domestic abuse that the victims had thought was simply a violent fact of life, learning with your pro bono help that they do not have to live tyrannized by domestic violence in the absence of effective laws protecting their physical integrity and moral autonomy.

Please email Dave Rorick at for information on our pro bono program.

  • CLE Credit Comments: MCLE: 5.0 hours* *Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights certifies that this activity has been approved or MCLE credit by the State Bar of California in the amount of 5 general hours.

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