San Francisco Office Hosts Pro Bono Legal Clinic For Asylees

On March 22, MoFo’s San  Francisco office partnered with Centro Legal de la Raza to host a clinic for immigrants from Mexico and Central America who received asylum a year ago and are now eligible to apply to become permanent residents.

The clients — who included adults, teenagers, and children aged 4, 5, and 10 — worked with lawyers from our litigation, technology transactions, and corporate teams to complete the lengthy applications.

Some of the children had crossed the border and been detained without parents or other guardians.

The age of some of the applicants presented unique challenges.

As Jennifer Taylor, chair of MoFo’s Trademark Group, reported: “In my 25 years of practice, I have had to ask clients many tough questions, but asking a 7-year-old how many spouses he intended to have at one time was definitely a first.”

As a result of the clinic, 12 people who had fled persecution in their home countries are now one step closer to permanent residency and potentially citizenship.

“It was an honor to have an opportunity to help these families, who had been through so much, take this important step toward getting their green cards,”  said technology transactions associate Mona Fang.

Morrison & Foerster’s David Suk and Jennifer Taylor with Andrea Herrera from Centro Legal de la Raza.

Morrison & Foerster’s Mona Fang

Morrison & Foerster’s Mona Fang, Keval Patel, Tiffany Hu, and Leanne Ta