Each year the Rhode Island Supreme Court presides over the final round of our Esther Clark Moot Court Competition giving the finalists a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Students enrolled in the immigration clinic represent noncitizens in their applications for relief from removal before the Immigration Court in Boston.
Students argue bond motions for detained clients, conduct direct examination of witnesses, raise evidentiary objections and argue points of law. In preparation for hearings, students research and write motions and memoranda of law, gather documents in support of applications for relief from removal, interview witnesses, draft affidavits and research human rights issues in the countries of removal.
Applications for relief from removal can include asylum and other relief based on fear of persecution in the country of removal, waivers of deportation for long-term residents of the U.S., adjustment of status for noncitizens with U.S. citizen family and relief for victims of domestic violence.
Students also prepare applications for benefits under the immigration laws and represent noncitizens in their interviews for such benefits before the local U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) office. In addition to case representation, students conduct “Know Your Rights” presentations for the immigrant communities in Rhode Island and for noncitizens who are detained by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in the Bristol County House of Corrections in North Dartmouth, Massachusetts. Students conduct intake interviews following these presentations and provide consultations under the supervision of a faculty member.