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“Fighting Through the Law: Immigration Lawyers on their Profession and the Current Crisis”

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Department of Latina/Latino Studies
Department of Latina/Latino Studies, 1207 West Oregon Street, Room 103, Urbana
Apr 6, 2017   5:00 - 6:30 pm  
Daissy Dominguez & Irakere Picon

Former university alums and current immigration lawyers will speak to the challenges and the joys of being an immigration lawyer in this era of anti-immigrant hysteria.

Daissy Dominguez received her BA in Political Science in 2010 and her JD from John Marshall Law School in 2013. Daissy founded Dominguez Legal Justice Center, LLC (DLJC) with a focus on immigration and landlord/tenant disputes. DLJC operates with two principles:  affordability and social justice when it comes to their clients.   DLJC was founded under the mission to build a socially-conscious law practice that provides affordable legal services to low and moderate-income people. Daissy is currently on the Board of Directors for The University of Illinois Latina Latino Alumni Association, the Korean American Community Services, and serves as an appointed committee member for The John Marshall Law School Board of Trustees Alumni Committee. Daissy is the Founder of the John Marshall Law School Academic Enhancement Program, an academic retention program geared towards increasing the academic retention rates of first year minority law students.

Irakere Picon graduated in 2009 with a BA in Political Science and Italian and a minor in Latina/Latino Studies and a JD from Northern Illinois University (NIU) College of Law in 2015. While in law school, Irakere interned with NIU’s Zeke Giorgi Legal Clinic, LAF, and competed in national moot court competitions. Irakere is a staff attorney with National Immigrant Justice Center’s (NIJC) Legal Protection Fund. Prior to joining NIJC, Irakere worked with the Community Activism Law Alliance and the Chicago Law and Education Foundation providing legal services to immigrant families across several Chicago neighborhoods including Little Village, Pilsen, Back of the Yards as well as in several Chicago high schools.

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