"We have been so pleased with their quality that we've hired only Empire students for years. The results have been splendid for us and our clerks. The students have written wonderful legal briefs that have been used by the California Supreme Court in Three Strikes cases, have tried jury trials in our local courts, and have made a tremendous contribution to my office."
- Bruce Kinnison, Sonoma County Chief Deputy Public Defender, Professor of Criminal Law
Explore our Sonoma County pro bono Immigration Law Clinic
This new pro bono legal clinic is staffed by second-, third- and fourth-year law students from Empire College. Assisting them are students from the college’s paralegal program for bilingual translation, as well as other services. These quality pro bono legal services are for individuals and families who are otherwise unable to afford it.
This is the fifth free clinic offered by Empire College School of Law since 2000. Previous clinics have covered elder law, disability law, family law and small claims law.
The new clinic assists people in obtaining a new category of visa which was authorized by Congress as part of the 2000 Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act.
People who qualify for this type of visa must prove to their legal representatives that they have been a victim of a crime, that they have suffered substantial physical or mental harm, and that they have assisted law enforcement in prosecuting the crime.
The new clinic is supervised by attorney Julie Cyphers. Ms. Cyphers graduated from Empire College School of Law with Cum Laude honors in December of 2007. She has been working in the field of immigration law in various capacities for over 10 years. Empire College law students work with applicants under the supervision of Professor Cyphers.
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