Casa Cornelia is grateful to the men and women who give their expertise, their spirit, and their time to the victims that we serve. Without their generous gifts, we could not serve the ever growing number of clients in need of pro bono legal representation. We are thrilled to recognize the volunteers who provide outstanding pro bono legal representation to our clients!
Michael Sedio, Esq., Vice President of Operations & General Counsel at the Better Business Bureau serving San Diego Orange and Imperial Counties and Association of Corporate Counsel member, won the pro bono Children's Asylum case he took as a Volunteer Attorney through Casa Cornelia. His client was a boy from a small Central American country which had suffered decades of civil war, including oppression and violence against those of indigenous, and particularly Mayan ethnicity.
Michael urges all attorneys to consider becoming a volunteer: "I was intimidated at the idea of taking on a volunteer case at first because I knew nothing about immigration law, but Casa Cornelia provided training, support, sample materials, and was with me every step of the way. Of all the reasons I became a lawyer the chance to do work like this is the most meaningful."*
*Thank you to the Association of Corporate Counsel for this description of Michael's work with us!
Volunteer Attorney Victoria Hester of Best Best & Kreiger fought hard to win lawful immigration status for her client, a teenager who entered the United States as an unaccompanied minor fleeing his home country. Volunteer Attorney Molly Selway worked with Victoria on this case while she was working at Best Best & Krieger as well.
Volunteer Attorney Tom Laube agreed to take one children's asylum case. Soon after he started working on the case, we heard that the client's younger brother had entered the U.S. and was also in need of legal services. As soon as Tom learned of this need, he offered to take the younger brother's case. He worked very closely with both brothers and their mother who are also of Mayan descent and have faced persecution in their country of origin. He met many times with each client, and he represented both cases individually. The younger brother's case was recently granted. The older brother's case continues with Tom as a Volunteer Attorney, with his Associate, Jessica, and we know that he is in very good hands.