SDNY offers Trial Advocacy Training for Pro Bono Lawyers

The United States District Court for the Southern District of New York is pleased to offer a full-day trial advocacy training for pro bono lawyers. Led by District Court judges and leading practitioners, this training is offered to lawyers who are admitted to practice in the Southern District and are interested in providing pro bono representation to pro se litigants.

The program takes place on Friday, January 11, 2013 and runs from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Daniel Patrick Moynihan United States Courthouse (500 Pearl Street, Room 850).

The training is free and will offer participants an opportunity to receive CLE credit for their participation. For more information, please download the PDF here.

Celebrate the Season at Asia Society

The Asia Society (725 Park Avenue) will be holding a holiday party on Friday, December 7, 2012, from 6-9 p.m. Click here for details and directions.

Experience Asia Society with a free night of fun & culture, including:

  • Free museum tours at 6:30 and 7:30 of Bound Unbound: Lin Tianmiao
  • Live Music, Tea Tastings & Artisan Demonstrations
  • Holiday Leo Bar, including specially priced ‘Leotinis’
  • Discounts at AsiaStore and on Membership

Penn MLSA Seventh Annual Muslim Law Conference

The University of Pennsylvania Muslim Law Students Association (Penn MLSA) will host its Seventh Annual Muslim Law Conference on February 16, 2013.  Legal employers interested in recruiting diverse applicants are encouraged to join in this event. Please click here to download a copy of the flyer.

Penn MLSA organizes this conference each year for the dual purpose of assisting Muslim law students entering the legal field and educating the broader community about legal issues pertaining to the Muslim community.  This year’s gathering will include speeches from prominent attorneys involved in issues pertaining to the Muslim community at the local, state, and national levels.  Supported by the national branch of Muslim Law Students Association, attendants will range from university leadership to legal experts, practitioners, and policy advocates from around the country.

The conference will also include a career fair for students. As of now, Penn MLSA is looking for employers who would like to attend and offer information to prospective interns.  Organizations and employers interested in attending can contact Haider Sultan, President of Penn MLSA, at (860) 918-6560 or [email protected]

USCIS Teleconference: Use of Interpreters in USCIS Interview

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) invites interested parties to participate in a stakeholder teleconference on Tuesday, December 11, 2012 from 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Eastern) to discuss the use of interpreters in USCIS domestic field office interviews.

During this engagement, USCIS will outline its current guidance related to the use of interpreters and discuss anticipated policy development regarding the use of interpreters at USCIS domestic field office interviews. The discussion will focus on who may be eligible to serve as an interpreter and we will seek stakeholder feedback on possible exceptions to this general policy.

To Participate in the Session

Please email the Public Engagement Division no later than Monday, December 10, 2012 at [email protected] and in the subject line of your email, reference “Interpreters.”

To Join the Session

On the day of the engagement, please use the information below to join the session by telephone.

Call-in Number: 800-779-9654

Passcode: Interpreters 

Access to Information for Asylee Eligibility for ORR Assistance and Services

The Office of Refugee Resettlement (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) has moved from a telephone Hotline to a web-based interface to offer information for asylees seeking benefits and services supported by ORR.  Please note that the toll-free Asylee Hotline number listed on the asylum grant letter is no longer in service.

Instead, please visit the ORR website, where you will find the poster below, with a link to “Asylee Eligibility for Assistance and Services”, and fact sheets in eight languages (plus English).

Contact information for local service providers can be found on the ORR Map; click your state for full details.

Please visit for more information, and distribute widely within your networks.