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ILAP held another successful CLE training for Pro Bono Panel Members on Friday, May 10, 2013 at the Portland law offices

of Verrill Dana.

There is an overwhelming need in Maine, especially in Portland and Lewiston, for pro bono legal representation of individuals applying for asylum in the United States because they are fleeing persecution in their home countries. The statistics say it all:  less than 13% of pro se asylum-seekers are successful in obtaining asylum in the immigration courts.  For many, it is a matter of life or death. 

On May 10th, the the law firm of Verrill Dana graciously hosted a training for attorneys sponsored by ILAP. Over 30 attendees heard faculty presentations on asylum law and defensive asylum procedures.  The event closed with a panel presentation on best practices before the Boston Immigration Court, which featured the Honorable Paul Gagnon and Court Administrator Bob Halpin as distinguished guest panelists.


Jennifer Archer, shareholder at Kelly, Remmel & Zimmerman and current president of ILAP’s Board of Directors

Anna Welch, Libra Visiting Professor at University of Maine School of Law and director of Maine Law’s Refugee and Human Rights Clinic


Honorable Paul M. Gagnon, Immigration Judge, Boston Immigration Court

Robert Halpin, Court Administrator, Boston Immigration Court

Jack Montgomery, shareholder, Bernstein Shur

Many thanks to the Faculty and Panelists!

If you missed the training, it’s not too late! A recorded version will be available.  Please contact Noël Young, ILAP’s Asylum Attorney, at 207-780-1593 x 105 or


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