November 22, 2016

University of Detroit Mercy School of Law will expand its work with Oakland County residents in need of immigration services thanks to an $18,000 grant from the Oakland County Bar Foundation.

The grant will be used to provide training and mentoring of Oakland County pro bono attorneys who plan to represent non-citizen victims of domestic violence and other crimes in Oakland County and who may not be able to afford an attorney.

It will also provide legal assistance in applying for visas and counseling for these targeted clients. Detroit Mercy Law will also oversee the marketing of the services, selection of clients and other details of this program, which will be run by Alex Vernon, director of the Immigration Law Clinic and assistant professor of law.

The training will begin in January 2017.

"We are grateful to the Oakland County Bar Foundation for recognizing the need for high quality legal advice for vulnerable non-citizens in Oakland County,” Vernon said. “We look forward to working with Oakland County pro-bono attorneys to serve that need.  Our primary focus will be to assist non-citizen survivors of serious crimes, such as domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking.”