Legal Training

Regina Germain

Regina Germain, JD, former Legal Director of the Rocky Mountain Survivors Center [closed], where she managed the legal services and pro bono lawyer referral program; supervised volunteer attorneys and law student interns; conducted outreach to the legal community and general public on issues impacting survivors of torture; and provided comments on proposed legislation, regulations and immigration policies to NGOs, the Department of Homeland Security and other relevant stakeholders.

Paul Chandler, JD, MS.

Paul Chandler, JD, MS is a volunteer Data Analyst at the Advocates for Survivors of Torture and Trauma, Baltimore, MD [closed].   He has taught statistics for social sciences at the University of Baltimore, where he also worked as research assistant for the Law School and Law Clinic. In addition to the webinar Paul did for us listed below, he was the key expert consulted in creating our Evaluation section.

Janet Beck

Janet B. Beck, MSW, JD, is Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Houston Law Center. Ms. Beck has been Board Certified in Immigration and Nationality law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 1995 and has been practicing immigration law since 1987.  She is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Houston Law Center, supervising law students in the Immigration Clinic.   She also teaches a class in Immigration Law and Business at the Law Center.  Ms. Beck was the attorney on the Board of Immigration Appeals precedent decision Matter of M-A-M.

Pro Bono Attorney Manual Legal Orientation Program

2007 training manual for pro bono attorneys representing individuals in immigration proceedings in San Pedro, California, and working with the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles. Provides fairly complete information for pro bono attorneys; a possible model for your pro bono training & orientation program.

Chapter 7: Legal Services

This chapter provides an overview of challenges that arise when representing torture survivors and strategies to ensure these challenges do not act as a barrier to effective legal representation. Attorneys encounter torture survivors with a variety of legal needs. Frequently, however, the survivor’s initial and most pressing legal problem involves immigration matters, such as asylum, family reunification, or defense from removal (deportation). Because safety is crucial to the survivor’s ability to engage fully in torture treatment services, the asylum process is integral to rehabilitation.

Practice Manual for Pro Bono Attorneys Representing Detained Clients with Mental Disabilities in Immigration Court

(2009, 124 pp.) Provides guidance for attorneys representing detained asylum seekers (and others) who have mental health issues; includes tips and information on getting mental health evaluations and services while detained.

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