Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP hosted an immigration intake clinic on Feb. 27, 2016 with Kids In Need of Defense (KIND) and the 2015 MTO Fellows.
During the intake clinic, attorneys from Munger Tolles and KIND supervised MTO Fellows as they met with children and their families to help them determine possible avenues of legal relief. Many of the MTO Fellows were translators and bridged the communication gap between clients and attorneys.
KIND is a nationwide pro bono coalition of law firms, corporations, law schools, bar associations and non-governmental organizations committed to providing fair, competent and compassionate legal counsel to unaccompanied immigrant children in the U.S. Munger Tolles was one of the first law firms to partner with KIND since the organization opened its Los Angeles office in 2009. In January 2015, KIND recognized Munger Tolles with its Pro Bono Attorneys of the Month designation for its longstanding support and for its success winning asylum grants for extremely vulnerable children in 2014.
The year-long MTO Fellows Program was revised and launched by Munger Tolles on March 7, 2015 with the enrollment of forty potential law school applicants. Co-chairs Anjan Choudhury and Misty M. Sanford have led this program for the past year with the goal of strengthening the pipeline of underrepresented groups into law schools and helping to tackle many of the barriers preventing diverse students from attending law school.
The event was organized by attorney Kenneth M. Trujillo- Jamison. Other attorneys who contributed to the success of the clinic were Joseph D. Lee, Adam R. Lawton, Bryn A. Williams, David T. Ryan, Ashley D. Kaplan, Bradley E. Markano and Ankur Mandhania.