Immigration Clinic Alum Update

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Evan Benz, Class of 2015
Evan Benz, Class of 2015

I am currently serving as a Justice AmeriCorps attorney at MetroWest Legal Services, a legal aid office in Framingham, MA. All of my clients arrived in the United States without their parents and while they were still under 16 years old. These children are fleeing the uncontrolled gang violence found in certain parts of Central America, and they are also often survivors of domestic and/or sexual violence. My job is to help them pursue whatever form of immigration relief might be available to them, typically asylum or Special Immigrant Juvenile Status. My experience as a 3L in the UNC Immigration Clinic prepared me in several key ways for my current position. Under Professor Posner, I learned more about the practicalities of immigration law and civil litigation (civil procedure in particular) than I had during any other time in law school. I learned about professionalism and the ethical obligations that our profession demands. I also learned about how to work with survivors of trauma--how to balance the requirements of the case with the well-being of the client. This experience gave me a foundation of skills to build on, and has been critical to both getting my first job and feeling more confident as I take on my first cases as a lawyer. 

Evan Benz, UNC Law Class of 2015

Posted by Beth S. Posner on Thu. March 3, 2016 1:28 PM
Categories: Clinic Alum Update, Immigration Clinic
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