With law school enrollment declining and professors and Supreme Court justices battling over whether law school should be reduced from three to two years, it can be easy to forget some of the positive substantive work upper-year law students perform.
Recently, students enrolled in the Workers & Immigration Rights Advocacy Clinic of Yale Law School in conjunction with the American Civil Liberties Union Immigrants’ Rights Project won a victory for detained undocumented persons. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) argued that the United States Constitution allowed it to indefinitely hold immigrants who have been convicted of a crime as well as to deny them a habeus corpus hearing and the opportunity to post bond. Massachusetts U.S. District Judge Michael Ponsor ruled in favor of the Clinic finding that ICE cannot hold immigrants who have been mandatorily detained for longer than six months without being able to appear before a judge to argue for release while their deportation hearings are under consideration.
Keep up the great work guys! The skills you learn in your clinic will be of great value to you in your career!
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