September 01, 2011

KIND: Helping Children Alone in the United States

Megan M. McKenna

For the next three years, the Division has adopted a collaborative project with KIND (Kids In Need of Defense) to provide opportunities to our members to give back. Beginning with our Fall National Solo and Small Firm Conference from October 20–22 in Denver, Colorado, at the Westin Downtown Denver, we are working with KIND to put on training on immigration law proceedings so that our members can take on a pro bono matter in their communities. The training will be available at the conference and also via a webcast for those who are not able to attend in person. The cases to be assigned to our members will match a member with an unaccompanied child (who could be as young as three, four, or five years of age) and who would otherwise be representing themselves. Not only will our members be provided with this training, but they will also be matched up with a mentor so that our members are not on their own. This unique opportunity will also allow our trained members to expand their practices into the area of immigration. So whatever the motivation, we have a valuable opportunity for our members and an especially valuable opportunity for a young, vulnerable unaccompanied child. Please join us in making a difference in the life of a child. To register for the in-person meeting, please click here. To register for the webcast, please click here.

—Laura V. Farber

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