Immigration Court Observation Project TRAINING

March 30, 2009

SF Bay Area National Lawyers Guild (NLG) Chapter Immigration Court Observation Project (ICOP) Training

Monday, March 30
6:00 pm at Golden Gate University School of Law
536 Mission St., San Francisco (Near Montgomery BART)
Room 5312

NLG GGU and the San Francisco Bay Area NLG Immigration Committee invite all interested in immigration law and immigrant rights to participate in the NLG Immigration Committee's Immigration Court Observation Project ("ICOP").

What is ICOP? In 2006, the SF Bay Area NLG Immigration Committee kicked off a pilot program, based in part on other NLG chapters' work, to conduct observations of the Master Calendar hearings for detained clients in San Francisco's Immigration Court. Students will go to Master Calendar proceedings in immigration court about once a month and fill out NLG-prepared forms to document the immigration court process. Other NLG groups have done similar projects and written publications that expose the systematic lack of due process available to deportation defendants under the current immigration law framework.

The training is designed to familiarize trainees with the way the court works, and to hear from past student observers about their experiences with the pilot program.