PORTLAND, Maine — Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project Board President Jennifer Archer has been named the American Immigration Lawyers Association ’s Pro Bono Attorney Hero for Summer 2013.
Archer is a shareholder at Kelly, Remmel & Zimmerman in Portland and is a committed and passionate pro bono, or for the public good, immigration attorney in the state of Maine. She has dedicated thousands of hours to pro bono work that impacts immigrants in Maine, including ten years on ILAP’s Pro Bono Asylum Panel representing dozens of clients pro bono, recruiting and mentoring new attorneys, and presenting at ILAP trainings.
Archer is currently pro bono co-counsel with the ACLU of Maine and Maine Equal Justice Partners in Bruns v. Mayhew, a class action law suit against the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, claiming that the agency committed equal protection violations in denying health care benefits to immigrants. The case is currently on appeal with the First Circuit.
Sue Roche, Interim Executive Director of ILAP, says Archer is crucial to their effort. “Jen truly stands out as an exceptional volunteer, and she has been indispensable to us at ILAP in so many ways. Not only has she been a dedicated pro bono attorney for years, but she has provided flawless leadership and support to our board and staff during this time of transition.”
AILA is the national association of more than 13,000 attorneys and law professors who practice and teach immigration law. Founded in 1946, AILA is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization that provides continuing legal education, information, professional services, and expertise through its 38 chapters and over 50 national committees. This distinction is awarded quarterly in four regions throughout the U.S.
About Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project:
As Maine’s only statewide provider of free and low-cost comprehensive immigration legal assistance for low-income residents, ILAP helps Maine’s immigrants keep their families together, gain protection from persecution and domestic violence, attain residency and work authorization, and become proud U.S. citizens. To learn more about ILAP, please visit their site at www.ilapmaine.org.