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Love our Constitution – Extended through the end of March 2017

February 12 – March 31, 2017:  Please join ACS for “Love our Constitution.” We are taking our Constitution in the Classroom program beyond the classroom!  We are conducting a national initiative on our Constitution and Courts, “Love our Constitution.” Lawyers, law students, scholars, judges and others concerned about our Constitution, courts and legal system will conduct presentations and discussions across the United States about our Constitution and courts from Sunday, Feb. 12  – Friday, March 31). For more information on the program and to sign up to participate, please visit the Love our Constitution website at acslaw.org/conclass/Love-Info. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at LCemails@acslaw.org.

Thus far, because of your efforts and those of others across the country, we have reached more than 250 participants who now have a greater understanding of our Constitution and the importance of a robust and impartial judiciary!  Please refer to this inspiring article in The Guardian that highlights the collective work our members and volunteers as well as photos taken of the various Love our Constitution presentations conducted throughout the country.

Thank you to those of you who have planned and executed ACS's Love our Constitution Program!  We appreciate the time and energy you put forth for this important initiative.
 
For those of you who haven’t yet participated, join us!
 
 

Immediate Volunteer Opportunity

The First Defense Legal Aid (FDLA) is seeking volunteer lawyers and senior law students to help protect the rights of arrestees at police stations in Chicago.  Free access to a lawyer for arrestees is now a constitutional right following a recent order signed by Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans.  See here for more information.

Please email volunteer@First-Defense.org for more information as well as to sign up for an orientation session, which will take place on Monday, March 20th at 6pm CDT at 601 S. California Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60612.  Please also copy us at LCEmails@acslaw.org so that we can keep track of the amazing contributions of our members.

For more information about FDLA, please also visit its website:  https://www.first-defense.org/

 
 
What All Advocates Need to Know About Removal Orders and Removal Proceedings: 
Join the Catholic Legal Immigration Network for a free webinar series on immigration proceedings and removal orders. You will learn what happens in each stage of an immigration court proceeding, how to determine if you client already has a removal order, and how to use this information to support your community. Webinars will be held on Mondays at 2pm on March 13th, March 20th, and March 27th. Find more information hereYou can register at https://cliniclegal.org/calendar/webinar-series-what-all-advocates-need-know-about-removal-orders-and-removal-proceedings.
 

The Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition is seeking volunteers who speak Spanish, French or Arabic to help answer its detention line. If you are able to help, please visit https://www.caircoalition.org/how-to-help/volunteering.

The San Francisco Public Defender’s Office is seeking lawyer volunteers to work on deportation-related cases, including drafting motions, acquiring court files etc.  Prior experience or familiarity with immigration law is not required — volunteer lawyers will be working in partnership with the Public Defender’s newly formed Deportation Defense Unit.   The Public Defender formed this organized deportation defense effort in the face of the Trump Administration’s initiation of widespread detentions and deportations of non-citizens living in the US.    If you’re interested in helping to ensure that immigrant detainees have access to counsel, please contact Pujya Pascal of the Public Defender’s Office at pujya.pascal@sfgov.org and copy us at lcemails@acslaw.org so we could keep track of the amazing contributions of our members.

 

Given the current immigration climate, a coalition partner is seeking volunteers who could collect state-specific forms for guardianship and powers of attorney. It would be important/helpful to include a piece describing the context (i.e. what is a power of attorney, when use? Custody? Resources are state specific, etc…). Please email us at lcemails@acslaw.org if you are interested, and we will connect you for next steps. 

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Make sure your ACS membership is current, and engage with your local lawyer chapter or email us today at lcemails@acslaw.org to help start one.

We have been steadily plugging our lawyer and student members into various volunteer opportunities around the country resisting President Trump’s actions, including as pro bono attorneys, working on research projects. If you know of any volunteer opportunities or trainings where our members could be helpful, or if you participate in any of these activities yourself, please send an email to info@acslaw.org with the details.