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Posted by: Christy Gibson on Sep 6, 2012

By Bruce E. Buchanan*    

     Many immigration attorneys regularly represent clients on a pro bono basis or engage in other types of pro bono activities. I urge all attorneys, especially immigration attorneys, to accept at least one pro bono Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals case.

     There are several opportunities for attorneys to get involved in pro bono work in Deferred Action cases. First, there is the traditional way of consulting with an individual who does not have the means to pay your legal fee and agreeing to represent the individual pro bono in the filing for Deferred Action.

     Alternatively, many organizations, such as Justice for Our Neighbors (JFON), have set up legal clinics on weekends and/or weeknights, for individuals, who believe they qualify for Deferred Action, in order to meet with attorneys.  The attorney who may either agree to handle their Deferred   Action filing with full representation or review with them their paperwork – I-821D, I-765 and I-765WS and supporting documentation – and determine whether it is complete. At this point, the attorneys will consult with the individuals concerning any criminal issues that could impact their filing.

     I can tell you from personal experience it is rewarding to help our undocumented youth file for Deferred Action. I urge all to be able to share that experience.


*Bruce E. Buchanan is an attorney at the Nashville Office of Siskind Susser, P.C. He represents individuals and employers in all aspects of immigration law as well as employment/labor law. Mr. Buchanan is past-chair of the Tennessee Bar Association's Immigration Law Section as well as the current editor of the TBA's Immigration Law Section Newsletter and TBA's Labor and Employment Law Section Newsletter. He is a blogger for ( and E-Verify and I-9 News ( on employer immigration compliance. Mr. Buchanan may be reached at or (615) 345-0266.