From the Ground Up: Advocating for Immigrant Clients

October 23, 2020 12:15 PM - 1:30 PM

UCLA School of Law's David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy & Center for Immigration Law and Policy present:

From the Ground Up: Advocating for Immigrant Clients
Friday, Oct. 23, from 12:15 to 1:30 pm 
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In immigrants' rights and immigration law, the work of public interest lawyers in "direct services" is often contrasted with "impact" work, but the reality is much more nuanced. Direct services work is vital, not only because it helps so many people in life-changing ways, but also because it is closely tied to community organizing. And direct services work often generates the political and conceptual energy to fuel local, regional, and national advocacy. The speakers on this panel come from different parts of the United States and work in different political and demographic settings. But each of them is part of an organization that engages with direct services across the entire spectrum of public interest work — from helping immigrants and their families, to supporting their communities, and then to transforming their grassroots knowledge into broader change.


  • Professor Hiroshi Motomura, Susan Westerberg Prager Distinguished Professor of Law and Inaugural Faculty Director, Center for Immigration Law and Policy, UCLA School of Law


  • Gabriel Arellano, Director of Legal Representation, Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project
  • Judith Clerjeune, Policy and Legislative Affairs Manager, Tennessee Immigrant & Refugee Rights Coalition 
  • Mekela Goehring, Executive Director, Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network 
  • Lisa Weissman-Ward, Lecturer in Law and Supervising Attorney, Stanford Law School Immigrants' Rights Clinic