ILA event

The Immigration Law Association, the Business Law Society, and the Middle Eastern Law Student Association will co-sponsor “The Business of a Solo Immigration Practice” next Tuesday, November 13, from 1-2 pm in room 347. Attorney Shahad Atiya will visit Detroit Mercy Law to talk about how she founded her solo immigration practice shortly after graduating from Wayne Law. If you’re interested in business, diversity, immigration law, or simply gaining knowledge on being a solo practitioner stop by the event for pizza!

We look forward to seeing you all there,

– ILA team.


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A BIG thank you to Abril Valdes, an Immigrants Rights Attorney working at ACLU of Michigan, for talking about her experience at UDM Law’s Dinner with a Lawyer series! It was both encouraging and enlightening to have a conversation with someone with so much experience in the field. We also had the opportunity to ask her how future family-based immigration lawyers can handle such an emotionally-demanding career. She gave us wonderful advice that as future lawyers, we ought to be be invested and dedicated to each case that we handle — which also means that we carry with us the emotional toll of our clients. However, immigration law is an opportunity to change, and potentially save, someone or some family’s life. These moments of winning their trust, and helping them regain their strength, gave her strength to continue. This advice allowed me and fellow President Elaria Essak to come to the realization that in many cases we are in the position of changing the world — one client, one family, and one case at a time.

Thank you again, Ms. Valdes, for helping us see the light in the future of immigration law.

We would also like to announce that we will be doing a panel with non-profit immigration lawyers in the upcoming months, with which Ms. Valdes might be joining us– Keep a look out on an announcement for that date!

Thank you,

ILA team.



You do not want to miss this!! It will be an informational session on the Immigration Law Clinic at UDM Law, with special guest the former Legal Director of the Southwest Immigrant and Refugee Center, Mr. Jonathan Contreras.

Snacks will be provided!

See you then!!

-ILA Team.



Meet the Board Members at the Student Org. Fair! From right to left: Elaria Essak, President), Irda Cela (Treasurer), Mohammad Beydoun (Secretary), Randa Asfar (Vice President). Fun fact: Between all four of us we speak 6 languages: Arabic (four dialects), Albanian, Greek, Spanish, French, and English.

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