Casa Cornelia Law Center is a public interest law firm providing quality pro bono legal services to victims of human and civil rights violations. The Center has a primary commitment to the indigent within the immigrant community in southern California. Casa Cornelia strives to educate others regarding the impact of immigration law and policy on society and the public good.
We Did It!
Casa Cornelia Law Center has met the Challenge! As of March 20, 2015, Casa Cornelia Law Center successfully raised $80,106 to match a generous Challenge Award from Price Philanthropies. This remarkable achievement will help CCLC achieve its goal to improve internal capacity to meet the urgent needs of the indigent immigrant community.
Price Philanthropies’ challenge gift was an inspiration for others in the community to support Casa Cornelia. A total of 109 people contributed a gift to the campaign, and for that, CCLC is extremely grateful. For a full list of all who supported the Challenge, click here.
Casa Cornelia Law Center thanks Price Philanthropies for their ongoing support of our mission. Thank you to all that made this Campaign so successful! Read more here.
DACA in Action
Volunteer Attorney, Sohoo Lee
Over the last two years, Casa Cornelia Law Center undertook 48 DACA cases and recently completed renewals for each of these children. DACA, or the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, provides deferred action for certain undocumented young people who came to the U.S. as children. Volunteer Attorney Sooho Lee, with Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP, took part in one of CCLC’s original DACA clinics to screen and file Gricelda Alva’s DACA application. Recently, Casa Cornelia received the following story from Gricelda herself.
“In the early summer of 2012, right after DACA was approved, Isabel, a university friend, and I decided to chat by the Oceanside Pier. We sat by the amphitheater’s stairs, and shared our concerns and potential risks about moving forward with DACA. As she spoke, I noticed the serene reflection of the sunset casting shadows in my friend’s face. “What if’s” crossed our minds, particularly what if a future President decided to eliminate DACA. I feared that once we applied for DACA there would not be a turning back into the shadows. There was quite a bit of angst about taking a risk, we both agreed that living in the shadows was no longer an option. Despite the ever-present fear of moving forward, I knew that I had to take a risk and apply for DACA.”
To read the rest of Gricelda’s story and her Volunteer Attorney at Casa Cornelia Law Center, Sooho Lee, please click here.