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Feb 6, 2017

Welcome to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today we’ve got a special episode for you. We are honored to be talking with several volunteer lawyers who sprung into action at airports around the country, helping people caught up in the chaos that ensued after President Trump issued his executive order on immigration. This executive order, issued at the close of business on Friday, January 27th, 2017 resulted in a slew of deportations and detentions of travelers who were traveling with what they thought were valid visas. It’s also generated a number of emergency injunctions in federal courts around the country. Tune in to hear what the situation was like on the ground, and how lawyers and law students can get involved to help.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Interviews with lawyers on the front lines: Sarah Sherman Stokes, Professor at Boston University School of Law volunteering with students in Boston, and Cindy Grossman, law firm tax partner volunteering at Newark Airport
  • What was really going on at the airports and in the courts
  • How lawyers got involved and self-organized a response
  • How lawyers can, and did, help, even if they have other areas of substantive expertise
  • The challenges of getting information to travelers who might need help
  • What information, if any, lawyers were able to get about people being detained
  • Classes to can take if you are interested in immigration law, and activities to participate in
  • The value of law school clinics for building confidence and legal skills
  • Issues that immigrants face, beyond just immigration
  • How law students and lawyers can get involved and help
  • The importance of lawyers brushing up on their general civil rights skills
  • What it's like to fight the good fight in difficult situations


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Alison & Lee