Pro Bono 101: Immigration and Family Law

Pro Bono 101: Immigration and Family Law
Event Date and Time: 
Friday, February 12, 2016 - 12:00 to 13:00
Sameen Zia, Indian-American Bar Association
Tejas Shah, Indian-American Bar Association
Janice Dantes, Attorney at Law
Moderator: Sheetal Parikh, Indian-American Bar Association


Hosted by Neal Gerber & Eisenberg
2 N. LaSalle St., 17th Floor
Chicago, IL 60602

Not sure what a visa petition or the visa bulletin is and have no idea where to begin with divorce and custody cases, but want to help out at your neighborhood pro bono legal clinic? “Pro Bono 101: Immigration & Family Law,” a CLE from the Indian-American Bar Association (IABA) and Chicago Volunteer Legal Services (CVLS) Junior Board of Directors, will provide an overview of key immigration law and family law concepts and processes.

Immigration Law

  • The family based U.S. immigration preference system
  • Checking the visa bulletin
  • Using immigration law as a tool to help victims of crime and domestic violence

Family Law

  • An overview of the Domestic Relations Division in Cook County
  • Learning the basics of child support, maintenance, property division, parental allocation of responsibility and parenting time.

This CLE is designed to provide substantive knowledge and practical skills that will help spot issues when advising a client with immigration-related and family law related needs.

CVLS and IABA proudly partner in coordinating the IABA Pro Bono Clinic at the Indo American Center. ​The legal clinic is an excellent opportunity for attorneys who are interested in gaining experience in Immigration and Family Law cases. Volunteering allows attorneys to not only broaden familiarity with a new type of law, but also provide legal help to those who would not otherwise be able to afford it.


CLE Credit

  • This seminar is worth 1.25 hours of General MCLE credit.
  • To request MCLE credit for viewing this seminar in its entirety fill out this form.


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