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Immigration Law Defense and Advocacy

Presented by Holly S. Cooper, Nicholás Espíritu, and Liz Stone

Note: This is not for CLE. Live webinars are free and open to the public. The recorded program and materials are exclusively for ABA members.

The Career Choice Series is designed to help you choose your career path. Whether you’re a law student, young lawyer, or transitioning attorney, find out what it’s like to work in various practice areas and the best way to position yourself to get there.


In this segment, our speakers will explore immigration law defense and advocacy. Professor Cooper focuses on defending the rights of detained immigrants and the repercussions of criminal convictions. Nicholás Espíritu advocates for the rights of low-income immigrants before administrative bodies and brings or defends impact litigation (a strategy to bring lawsuits that affect a group of people as part of a broader advocacy strategy – not directly representing an individual). Our speakers will share with you their career paths, provide invaluable insight into what skills you’ll need to break into this area, what drew them to it, the pros and cons, and what a typical day in their practice entails.


Holly S. Cooper, Clinical Professor, Co-Director, Immigration Law Clinic, UC Davis School of Law, Davis, CA
Nicholás Espíritu, Staff Attorney, National Immigration Law Center, Los Angeles, CA

Liz Stone, Managing Director, The Dubin Group, San Francisco, CA

Sponsored by ABA Career CenterYoung Lawyers DivisionLaw Student Division, and Commission on Immigration

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