Representing Asylum-Seekers: Mock Hearing Edition

- Recorded on April 21, 2023 -

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Asylum-seekers are 14 times more likely to be able to stay in the U.S. when they have a lawyer representing them. As lawyers, you can learn the skills to help immigrants seeking safety and stability in the wake of violence.

  • The AM session will cover how to represent children and families applying for asylum while in removal proceedings, including asylum law, special protections for unaccompanied children, filling out the application, and appearing in court.
  • The PM Session will cover a presentation of a mock hearing with retired Immigration Judges Lisa Dornell and Paul Schmidt.

Speakers include:

  • Daniella Prieshoff, Tahirih Justice Center
  • Grace Benton, Kids in Need of Defense
  • Lance Conklin, Solo Practitioner
  • Shayan Davoudi, HIAS
  • Ret. Immigration Judge Lisa Dornell
  • Ret. Immigration Judge Paul Schmidt

Participating attorneys (licensed to practice and in good standing in at least one state) must agree to accept at least one asylum pro bono case from a Maryland Immigrant Legal Assistance Project (MILAP) Partner within one year of training (note, depending upon the process that applies to the pro bono case, volunteer attorneys will need to either attend an interview and/or hearing in either the Arlington Asylum Office and/or one of Maryland’s immigration courts in Hyattsville or Baltimore). 

For more information about the Maryland Immigrant Legal Assistance Project (MILAP), please visit:

Co-Sponsored by:
Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland, American Immigration Lawyers Association, Washington, D.C. Chapter, HIAS, Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), Tahirih Justice Center, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, and the Zanvyl and Isabelle Krieger Fund

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Questions? Contact the MILAP Team at