King & Spalding, with its pro bono client, Voto Latino, is providing pro bono assistance to applicants of the Deferred Action for Children Arrivals (DACA) program as part of a joint UndocuNeighbor initiative.
With the help of nearly 70 King & Spalding partners, counsel, associates, staff attorneys and paralegals across multiple offices, the team has provided advice to these individuals on their renewal applications. Over the last two weeks, King & Spalding and Voto Latino have provided pro bono assistance to over 100 individuals, also known as Dreamers, and have also helped indigent Dreamers with filing fees. The King & Spalding team has been led by Washington, D.C., attorneys Brian Stansbury, Alejandra Apecechea, Bradford Ramsdell, Leah Grossi, Amanda Klingler and Jessica Rapoport.
The UndocuNeighbor venture assists individuals who were brought to the United States as children and who qualified for the DACA program based on rigorous criteria, including lack of a serious criminal record and academic and/or military achievement. Dreamers have to apply to renew their DACA status, which are becoming increasingly time sensitive due to a lawsuit in the Southern District of Texas seeking to invalidate the DACA program.
UndocuNeighbor is a coalition consisting of law firms, private industry and subject matter experts to represent and/or financially assist individuals facing deportation or needing assistance with DACA renewals.
After being assisted by King & Spalding, one Dreamer wrote, “Thank you so much… I truly would not [have] been able to renew without your help. You guys are doing something really amazing by helping us Dreamers accomplish our goals…”