Pro Bono Panel
ILAP’s Pro Bono Panel is a critical partner in our efforts to serve the needs of low-income asylum seekers in Maine.
Asylum law is a discrete area of immigration law that is manageable for non-immigration practitioners to learn, and asylum cases are incredibly rewarding. These are life or death matters, and the reality is that asylum seekers who lack legal representation are far less likely to win their cases than those who have representation (government statistics demonstrate this). Asylum cases that ILAP accepts may be “affirmative” (i.e. non-adversarial cases before U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services) or “defensive” (i.e. before the Immigration Court of Boston).
ILAP conducts client intake and does preliminary research on the merits of each case before deciding to accept it and place it with an attorney on the Pro Bono Panel. We then give the attorney a detailed case memorandum and preliminary country condition information to help them get started. Throughout the case, we provide mentoring with members of our Asylum Team or experienced members of the Pro Bono Panel.