Are you are an immigration attorney looking to take on pro bono work, gain valuable court experience, and support unrepresented families and children facing deportation? Consider joining the Attorney of the Day (AOD) program to provide counseling and same-day representation to individuals in detained-and non-detained removal proceedings before the San Francisco Immigration Court.
AODs provide an invaluable service to people unable to find or afford their own counsel. They conduct individual consultations, provide legal advice and referrals, help respondents navigate courtroom procedures, and advocate for them before the Immigration Judge. Whenever possible, JDC staff members conduct follow up with respondents and refer them to nonprofits for full-scope removal defense.
Become an Attorney of the Day
Qualified applicants must have:
- At least two years of current and active removal defense experience. Attorneys with at least one year of active removal defense experience may apply to participate in a training program to become qualified AODs for the detained dockets.
- The range of knowledge and skills required for the desired docket type, including:
- Significant experience representing individuals at master calendar and merits hearings
- Significant experience conducting full-scope consultations regarding removability and relief
- Experience assessing immigration consequences of arrests/convictions
- Flexibility, tenacity, and a commitment to protecting the due process rights of pro se respondents
- Ability to communicate with monolingual Spanish-speaking respondents. Whenever possible, JDC will arrange for volunteer interpretation for AODs who are not fluent in Spanish and are unable to bring their own interpreters to court.
Application and Recertification
Both first-time applicants and current AODs who need to recertify, please follow these procedures:
Become a Volunteer Interpreter
If you are fluent in Spanish and English, we invite you to become a volunteer interpreter for the AOD program. A volunteer shift involves spending approximately 2-3 hours at the San Francisco Immigration Court to interpret during AODs’ free consultations with unrepresented respondents.
To learn more, please contact AOD@sfbar.org.