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Grant Sovern quoted in “Legal maze of immigration hard to navigate”

The Capital Times

Following is an excerpt:

In Wisconsin, however, only students at Marquette University Law School in Milwaukee have had access to an established clinic in immigration law. Critics say the University of Wisconsin Law School in Madison has been slow to develop an immigration law clinic to serve the dual purposes of providing low-cost services and training students.

There’s clearly interest in the field locally. UW law students have been asking for an immigration law clinic for years, and members of the Latino Law Student Association volunteer with the Chicago-based National Immigration Justice Center, traveling to the Dodge County Jail to interview detainees looking for possible grounds to challenge their detentions. Students are also some of the volunteers at the Community Immigration Law Center at Christ Presbyterian.

So many students want to sign up for the school’s lone class in immigration law that Grant Sovern, the Madison attorney who teaches it, has had to cap enrollment. “A lot of students go to law school, I think, to change the world or affect people’s lives. They see this as an area where they can have a tangible effect right away,”says Sovern, who also volunteers at the Law Center. “The law is so skewed against the immigrant that they feel they’d be ‘fighting the good fight.’ ”

Originally published in The Capital Times, January 20, 2010

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