Law Students for Immigrant Justice

Law Students for Immigrant JusticeMission: UCLA Law Students for Immigrant Justice (LSIJ) seeks to develop future immigration law practitioners and advocates, mobilize UCLA Law students to participate in advocacy efforts on behalf of immigrants in the Los Angeles community, foster immigration and immigrants’ rights-related dialogue at UCLA School of Law and the greater UCLA campus, and connect UCLA Law students to the broader community by recruiting and organizing students to volunteer with community agencies that provide free and low-cost legal services for immigrants.

To contact LSIJ or to find out how you can get involved in our efforts, please contact lsij@lawnet.ucla.edu.

  • News

    LSIJ Board members volunteered with the CARA Pro Bono Project in Dilley, TX during summer 2017, helping incarcerated women and children seeking asylum in the U.S.

  • Annual Updates

    During the 2017-18 school year, LSIJ accomplished the following:

    • Founded a Naturalization Clinic with CARECEN and El Centro Legal
    • Held a DACA solidarity vigil with La Raza Law Students Association, Asian/Pacific Islander Law Students Association (APILSA), Black Law Students Association (BLSA), Muslim Law Students Association (MLSA), Native American Law Students Association (NALSA), and other student organizations
    • Trained and coordinated volunteers for a DACA renewal clinic with UCLA Undocumented Students Program and UC Immigrant Legal Services Center
    • Hosted an advocacy-focused panel, "From LAX to the Supreme Court and Back: Challenging the Muslim Travel Ban"
    • Trained and coordinated volunteers to interview immigrants detained at Adelanto Detention Center, in partnership with ACLU SoCal and Esperanza Immigrants Rights Project
    • Hosted a panel on the detention of asylum-seeking women and children in Dilley, Texas
    • Sent four law students to volunteer with CARA Pro Bono Project in Dilley, Texas in summer 2017, and five law students in summer 2018
    • Raised funds for travel costs for immigrant families detained in Dilley, Texas
    • Coordinated LSIJ members to attend rallies in downtown LA
    • Co-sponsored an immigration panel at the student-run conference, "Liberation Lawyering," hosted by the UCLA Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild
    • Co-sponsored a workshop on trauma-informed lawyering
    • Hosted a happy hour mixer with UCLA alumni practicing in the immigration field
  • Bond Advocacy Workshop

    Representation for bond hearings is a critical need for the immigrant community during a time of unprecedented immigrant detention. Without representation at their bond hearings, individuals can remain detained—sometimes for years—while their cases are litigated. Studies have consistently shown that immigrants who are released from custody are more likely to win their immigration case.

    LSIJ saw this as an opportunity for law students to use their legal skills to address a critical community need, meanwhile giving students real in-court experience. LSIJ members secured funding for three years through an innovative collaboration between UCLA School of Law and the Mexican Consulate. Workshop participants will provide client-centered and trauma-informed representation for 3-4 detained immigrants per semester.

  • Naturalization Clinic

    The Naturalization Clinic is a joint effort between El Centro Legal and UCLA's Law Students for Immigrant Justice (LSIJ), and is hosted by the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN). There are currently around two million people in California who are eligible to naturalize. The Naturalization Clinic seeks to help these individuals naturalize by having law students volunteer at CARECEN's naturalization events. The events take place about once or twice a month (typically on Saturdays) at various community centers throughout the greater Los Angeles area. Volunteers help clients complete their naturalization applications (N-400) and fee waivers and prepare the application for clients to mail following the clinic.

    For questions or to find out how you can join the Naturalization Clinic, please contact the co-chairs below.

    Clinic Chairs:
    Rebecca Kutlow, kutlow2020@lawnet.ucla.edu
    Brittany Roberts, robertsb2020@lawnet.ucla.edu

  • LSIJ Board 2018-19

    Executive Directors
    Chris Avalos
    Katrina Landeta
    Sasha Novis

    Community Outreach and Alumni Coordinators
    Andrea Galicia
    Becca Kutlow
    Kelly Miller

    Event Coordinator
    Marina Serrano

    Volunteer Coordinator
    Kate Lewis

    Training Director
    Emma Hulse

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