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Judge’s ‘justice corps’ idea would help immigrants and young lawyers in a tight job market

Posted Mar 21, 2013 7:39 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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A federal appeals judge is concerned that low-income immigrants won’t be able to find legal help if national immigration reform becomes law.

Judge Robert Katzmann of the New York-based 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is proposing a solution: a justice corps of young lawyers who are dispatched to community groups around the country to provide immigration representation. The New York Times City Room blog outlines his idea.

Under Katzmann's plan, retired lawyers would help train recent law grads in immigration law. Every two months, 50 lawyers would be trained and dispatched to work for two years in the program.

There is one roadblock: financing. Katzmann estimates he needs $5 million to support the program for a year, the story says.

Related coverage:

ABAJournal.com: "ABA President-Elect Silkenat Tells of Plan to Create Legal Job Corps"

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