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Q: Why did you join Tahirih’s Pro Bono Network?
A: I was offered an opportunity to work on my client's case at my last firm, without knowing much about the asylum process. When my group left that firm, my co-counsel and I made sure that our client knew that we wanted to continue working on her case. Now, I feel so fortunate that I was given such an amazing and meaningful opportunity to help my client flee violence in her country and hopefully find a path to remain in the US for her and, in the future, her children.
Q: Share a highlight from a pro bono case with Tahirih.
A: Unfortunately my client's asylum claim, like many other asylum claims, has suffered significant delays throughout the process. But, my client's strength, resolve and perseverance is a great source of inspiration to me and drives me to be a better, more conscientious person and advocate.
Q: How has your pro bono service impacted you?
A: Working with Tahirih and my client has given me the ability to see the intersection of the law and individual lives--something my primary practice does not often afford me. It has given me perspective on the significance, impact and need for regulatory and statutory changes, because I can see the effects at the human level. It has also given me an up-close view of how women are treated in other places in the world and the indifference and neglect that many women face when they turn to their government for protection.

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meet more pro bono partners


  • Hanna Chouest
    Associate
    Sidley Austin LLP
    While I have worked on a number of different pro bono projects, working with my client at Tahirih has been the most rewarding by far.
  • Bryan Nese
    Associate
    Mayer Brown LLP
    Working on pro bono cases has shown me how important it is for lawyers to donate their time – even just a little bit – to helping other.
  • Angel Torres
    Associate Attorney
    Kirkland & Ellis LLP
    Listening to the testimonies of my Tahirih client and her tales of domestic violence has really given me meaning as an attorney.