LAS VEGAS – Earlier today, the UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law and its local partners hosted the law school’s 10th Annual Community Law Day at the East Las Vegas Community Center. Organized and managed by Boyd Law students, more than 100 local community members sought free legal assistance with a variety of immigration services.
In addition to assisting attendees with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) renewals, several classes and information sessions were also offered including information on employment authorization, pathways to legal status and the naturalization process. Volunteer lawyers were available for free consultations.
The UNLV Boyd School of Law has dedicated itself to providing access to justice since it was established more than 20 years ago. The law school requires first-year students to participate in a community service program while in their second and third year, students have the opportunity to represent real clients in a variety of externships and in-house legal clinics. Community Law Day is an annual day of service before the start of the academic year where an important issue is specifically addressed. Past programs have included guardianship, record-sealing and warrant-clearing assistance. Since 1998, more than 70,000 Nevadans have received legal assistance and free legal education from Boyd students and faculty.
Organizations also involved in this effort included: the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Mi Familia Vota, UNLV Immigration Clinic and the Edward M. Bernstein & Associates Children's Rights Program, UNLV Rosenblum Family Foundation Tax Clinic, Mexico Consulate, El Salvador Consulate, Senator Catherine Cortez Masto, Senator Jacky Rosen, Congresswoman Susie Lee, Congresswoman Dina Titus, Congressman Steven Horsford, Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada, Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada, Nevada Attorney General's Office, Office of the Governor, U.S. Census Bureau, the Asian Community Development Council, and the UNLV Office of Diversity Initiatives Resource Coordinator.