One of the most meaningful aspects of my time at EBCLC’s Immigration Clinic was getting to step outside the classroom and advocate on behalf of clients. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to work with attorneys who brought passion and dedication to every case and to learn firsthand what it means to be a client-centered attorney.
One experience that stands out is working with a client who was appealing the denial of his visa. In drafting the appeal, I learned the ins and outs of the case and met frequently with the client, fostering a strong relationship. After working on his case for months, when it came time for his hearing, he agreed to allow me to speak on his behalf and represent him in court. I felt so honored that he trusted me with such an important task.
Drafting his appeal also provided me with invaluable legal writing and research experience. My supervisor dedicated significant time to revising my writing and providing detailed feedback, while also allowing me to cultivate my own voice. Having both the support and the autonomy in this process helped prepare me to become a better advocate.
Written by Sela Brown
University of California, Berkeley School of Law Class of 2021
East Bay Community Law Center Immigration Clinical Student