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KIND features Jean Kampas and Robin Morse as Pro Bono Attorneys of the Month

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December 2012

Jeannie Kampas and Robin Morse, associates in the firm’s Litigation Department, were featured as the December Pro Bono Attorneys of the Month on the Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) website. After training was conducted by KIND at Nutter’s Boston office, Jeannie and Robin decided to team up to represent an unaccompanied child. Although both Jeannie and Robin have been active in handling pro bono cases, this was their first immigration-related case. They made the choice to volunteer with KIND because they saw the need was great and felt they could make a positive difference in a child’s life.

“These are children, first and foremost, who travel from their country to come to the United States,” said Jeannie. “When they arrive, if they are detained, the children often face overwhelming odds. The immigration process is so complicated,” said Robin. “There’s no way a child could do this on his own, without a lawyer. You need an attorney – or two!” This was one reason both attorneys decided to assist their client together in order to give him the most assistance possible in arguing his case.

The case was especially urgent given that their client, Oscar, would soon turn 18 and his immigration status had yet to be resolved. Without the help of KIND and the pro bono work of Jeannie and Robin, Oscar would likely have been unable to present his case successfully and been deported. Instead, he is attending high school, looking forward to college, and has the tools to create a bright future for himself. He has secured Special Immigrant Status (SIJS) with Jeannie and Robin’s help, and they hope to assist him with applying for lawful permanent residency soon.

For Robin, the most rewarding part of the process has been “working with Oscar and knowing the opportunities he will have when he finishes this process. We feel we really made a difference in Oscar’s life, and it was a great professional experience as well.” For Jeannie, Oscar’s positive attitude has been the greatest reward. “He is eager to live here, to learn English, and to do so many things American kids take for granted.”

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