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April 17, 2015 – Student attorney, Joan Hill JD '16, worked to reopen and remand a case in front of the Board of Immigration Appeals for a former clinic client. Her motion to reopen was based on the Supreme Court's decision in United States v. Windsor, which opened the door for the recognition of same sex couples for immigration purposes. The BIA granted the motion to reopen, and remanded the client's case to Immigration Court. On October 22, 2015, the Clinic will represent the client at his Immigration Court hearing, where he will apply for adjustment of status to become a Lawful Permanent Resident of the United States.

December 17, 2014 – Student attorney, Mengci Shao JD '15, accompanied client V-D to a naturalization hearing and helped her pass the civics portion of the exam with flying colors. On January 9, 2015, V-D was sworn in as a citizen of the United States.

October 10, 2014 – Student attorney, Paulina Vera JD '15, successfully represented client S-G in Arlington Immigration Court and won her aslyum. S-G is a Honduran woman who suffered severe repeated abuse at the hands of her domestic partner. The client had begun her case with the Clinic in 2011. Paulina's client fled to the US to escape but had to leave behind her ten year-old daughter. The Clinic is now helping S-G bring her daughter to this country.

June 3, 2014 – Two student-attorneys, Aimee Rider, JD '15, and Chris Gloria, JD '14, represented clients S-K and S-K at their affirmative asylum interviews and were successfully granted asylum. The clients are a married couple from Pakistan and were seeking asylum because of their future fear of persecution on account of their religion.

April 8, 2014 –Student-attorney, Sydney Barron, successfully represented client S-S at his I-130 interview, which established that S-S's marriage to his husband was legitimate. This was the Clinic’s first time representing a gay client at an I-130 interview since the Supreme Court decided the United States v. Windsor case in 2013 and determined that the federal government must recognize same-sex marriages.

March 11, 2014 – After approximately 10 years as a client of the Immigration Clinic, F-C was finally granted asylum by the Arlington Immigration Court. F-C was a victim of domestic violence in Guatemala and. F-C's case was originally denied and appealed to the BIA. However, clinic students successfully advocated for the case to be re-opened on the basis of recent changes in the law that dealt with domestic violence cases. Student-attorney, Sydney Barron, JD '14, represented F-C in court. F-C is now in the process of petitioning for her five children to be granted derivative asylum and join her in the United States.

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