Immigration Law Clinic

The Immigration Law Clinic of the University of Washington School of Law is operated in partnership with the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP), the state’s primary provider of immigration legal services to low-income immigrants and refugees.  Students work on the cases of individuals who face the possibility of deportation from the U.S. and would otherwise lack legal representation.    NWIRP screens and refers clients to the Immigration Law Clinic, and Clinic students work out of NWIRP’s downtown Seattle office.

Immigration Law Clinic News

  • Among the Immigration Law Clinic's victories this school year, Ben Harris ’12 and MariRuth Petzing ’13 successfully defended 30-year-old Khuong Ta against deportation. Ta faced deportation to Vietnam after his family fled from the country when he was an infant.
  • Congratulations to Teymur Askerov '12 and Melanie Beckwith '11, two immigration law clinic students, and to advanced clinic student Meghan Kelly '11 who successfully defended a 33-year-old detained man from being sent back to Sudan, where he feared he would be tortured.   Athian Bol tells an amazing story and Signe Dortch and her team were able to focus attention on the widespread and egregious human rights violations occurring in Sudan. Well done to the students and to clinic director Signe Dortch.
  • 2010 was the UW Immigration Law Clinic’s winningest year since the clinic’s inception.
  • - KCBA Bulletin On July 11, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced that there had been a nearly 40% increase in the number of individuals deported from Washington, Oregon and Alaska during the previous nine months, as compared to the same period in the year before. The government’s statistics make clear what advocates for immigrants have known for some time: A difficult situation has become dire.

Faculty Profiles

Clinic Annual Report

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In Their Own Words

The Clinical Law Experience Immigration Law Clinic Director Signe Dortch


Immigration Event

2008 Immigration Law Clinic Kickoff Celebration - Photos
Lane Powell hosted a reception celebrating the start of the 2008 Immigration Law Clinic with keynote speaker Rep. Jim McDermott on February 4, 2008.

Last updated 4/8/2014