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Immigration Clinic Wins Case
Client Granted Asylum at Court Hearing

Boston College Law School’s Immigration Clinic won an important victory in November in an asylum case involving a young woman from Latin America. The case was handled by the Law School’s CLINIC (Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc.) Fellow, attorney Alexandra Dufresne, and a team of law students, including Lauren Fascett ’06, Melania Page ’06, and Matthew Tilghman-Havens ’06.

“Due to the dangers still facing our client and her family, I am unable to include many identifying details about her case,” said Professor Daniel Kanstroom, director of BC Law’s Human Rights Program. “However, I can tell you that this woman fled to the United States after receiving death threats, and upon her arrival was immediately detained and then held by the immigration authorities for two months in a detention facility.”

Dufresne and the students represented the woman under the supervision of, among others, faculty members Sarah Ignatius and Kanstroom. The students gathered evidence, found an expert witness, prepared the woman to testify, and conducted legal research. Many other students in the immigration clinic translated documents and acted as interpreters at mock hearings at the Law School. The actual hearing ended happily when the immigration judge granted asylum in open court.

“Having been granted political asylum, she is now free to live and work without fear in the United States,” Kanstroom said. “Perhaps one day she will be able to return home as well.”


Philadelphian Given First Alumni Award

Nicholas J. Lisi ’65 received the first 75th Anniversary Alumni Award at a party sponsored by the Philadelphia chapter of the BC Law Alumni Association in October.

The awards are a way for the Law School to honor alumni for a variety of accomplishments. Lisi was singled out for his many years of support of the chapter.

Sixty people attended the event, including Dean John Garvey and members of the Philadelphia legal community.

To nominate classmates and colleagues for this prestigious honor, go to

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