UCHastings Instagram

          Videos of the 135th #UCHastings Commencement speeches coming soon to Facebook. #uch2016 #uchastingsalumni @uchastingsalumni
          Instagram Photo Likes cmles, kphizz, alexagshapiro and 35 others like this.
          Wednesday, April 24, 2013

          The Road to Citizenship

          For Amanda Hamilton ’14, the opportunity to assist qualified immigrants with their applications for U.S. citizenship was a profoundly gratifying experience. In April 2012, Hamilton was one of some 20 student volunteers who participated in a citizenship workshop co-sponsored by UC Hastings and the American Immigration Lawyers Association Northern California Chapter (AILA NorCal).

          At the daylong event, Hamilton, who speaks Mandarin and Spanish, helped applicants complete forms, answered questions, and gained hands-on experience in the process.

          “Unlike other areas of the law, where there can be conflict and unhappiness, people who are applying for citizenship are usually optimistic and full of excitement,” Hamilton says. “It’s rewarding to work in an atmosphere of optimism. And because so many questions on the forms relate to the applicants’ background and life stories, you inevitably form a bond with them.”

          For the past four years, UC Hastings has collaborated with AILA NorCal on this workshop, which takes place in the law school’s Louis B. Mayer Lounge. Associate Dean for Experiential Learning Nancy Stuart ’94 recruits the student participants, whose volunteer hours count toward the pro bono program, and coordinates their training with AILA’s attorneys.

          “It’s a great networking opportunity for students,” says AILA attorney Erin Quinn, “because everyone—students, lawyers, nonprofits—comes together to help lawful permanent residents with their applications. It’s a very meaningful event for the entire immigration law community.”

          Read more UC Hastings Magazine.

          Go to News Archive

          Share this Story

          Share via Facebook
          Share via TwitterShare via EmailPrint Friendly Version

          Other Recent Stories/ RSS

          Tuesday, May 17, 2016

          UC Hastings Graduates Earn Certificates in Child Advocacy

          Olivia Mendoza, Jeanette Acosta, and Grecia Ceja '16 recognized by Legal Services for Children.
          Tuesday, May 17, 2016

          How To Conduct Investigative Interviews

          Tips From Staci Dresher '03, Private Eye
          Tuesday, May 17, 2016

          Staci Dresher '03: From Lawyer to Global Private Eye

          “Facts make cases go away, they put money in the pockets they belong, they bring wrongdoers to justice.”
          Wednesday, May 11, 2016

          From 200 McAllister Street to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue

          3L Andrew Demirchyan has spent the last few months of his law school career working as a legal intern at the White House. In this Q&A, he shares details about fulfilling a lifelong dream and, yes, meeting President Obama.
          Tuesday, May 10, 2016

          Buy a Brick and Help Write the Next Chapter for UC Hastings

          This chapter is to be written using bricks and mortar.
          Go to News Archive