CILA Celebrates Pro Bono Week

The American Bar Association (ABA) established the National Celebration of Pro Bono week in 2009 through the ABA’s Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service. Organizations across the country participate in the celebration by hosting events, thanking pro bono attorneys, and creating awareness about current opportunities. The 2020 National...

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CILA Analysis on Proposed Regulations: Professional Conduct for Practitioners

On September 30, 2020 the Executive Office of Immigration Review published yet another round of rulemaking. CILA recently posted a legal update about the proposed changes to the BIA and related appeals regulations. This time the notice of proposed rulemaking is regarding professional conduct for practitioners. These proposed rules are...

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Analysis of the Proposed BIA Regulations

On Wednesday, August 26, 2020 the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) released proposed changes to some of the regulations at 8 CFR Parts 1003 and 1240. For the most part, these proposed changes concern the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA). They will significantly impact the way practitioners appeal and...

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Happy 5th Anniversary CILA!

Today, September 1, 2020, marks the ABA Children's Immigration Law Academy's 5th Anniversary. The staff at CILA has worked hard over the past 5 years to ensure that, even in the most difficult climate, we give immigration advocates the information, tools, and skills necessary to most effectively represent unaccompanied children....

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CILA Releases New Resource: Pro Bono Guide

CILA is very excited to share a new resource, the CILA Pro Bono Guide! The 101-page Guide will help attorneys working with children and youth in immigration cases. It covers a range of topics and will help attorneys sharpen their skills for effective representation, including working with unaccompanied children, trauma-informed...

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CILA Launches New Webpage Dedicated to Featuring Creative Pro Bono Models and New Pro Bono-Focused Working Group and Listserv

CILA recently launched a new webpage regarding creative models for pro bono engagement. On this new webpage, CILA will highlight expert pro bono tips, resources, and different pro bono programs to help showcase creative ideas to run pro bono programs. The webpage is intended for pro bono coordinators or other...

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Children Among Those at Greatest Risk to be Harmed by the Administration’s Latest Attack on Asylum

On June 15, 2020, the Department of Homeland Security and the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) of the Department of Justice issued a proposed rule in the Federal Register. The proposed rule sets out to amend regulations regarding asylum, withholding of removal, and protection under the Convention Against Torture....

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