It's all about humanity at TAMU Law

Posted by Tyra Kelly on Dec 21, 2018 1:04:05 PM

Current Texas A&M University School of Law students enrolled in the Immigrant Rights Clinic won an appeal to reopen the case of a client from Somalia who fears being tortured there by Al-Shabaab and the government as a Christianity convert. The case was reopened based on the condition changes in Somalia.  

TAMU Law students, Miranda Leach, Ruth Correa and Caitlin Revanna, were enrolled in the clinic's courses last spring and prepared the motion to reopen the case. This fall, Clarissa Dauphin, Denise Rosales and Wesley Salazar prepared a habeas petition and complaint for the same client.

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Texas A&M School of Law Professor Fatma Marouf, who is the director of the Immigrant Rights Clinic, says, “This client is one of the 60 or so Somalis who was physically abused by immigration guards at the West Texas Detention Facility in El Paso and is included in the report we published about those abuses last spring." 

Marouf says she and the law clinic students were able to obtain an emergency stay of removal to stop the client's deportation the day before the flight departed.

"We will have a chance to litigate the case from scratch," says Marouf.

Marouf believes immigration and the international refugee crisis are among the most pressing human rights issues of our time. "We need lawyers who are creative problem-solvers and who can connect local concerns to global developments.”

Marouf is an expert in immigration law, refugee law and international human rights law.

Topics: Texas A&M University, Aggies, Texas A&M, Texas A&M University School of Law, School of Law, Fort Worth, Fort Worth, TX, Law Professor, Aggie, law clinic

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About Texas A&M School of Law

Texas A&M School of Law is an American Bar Association-accredited institution located in downtown Fort Worth. In 2013, the law school acquired Texas Wesleyan University School of Law. Since integrating with Texas A&M five years ago, the law school has sustained a remarkable upward trajectory by dramatically increasing entering class credentials, adding nine clinics and six global field study destinations, increasing the depth and breadth of its career services, student services, academic support and admissions functions and hiring twenty-six new faculty members.

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About Texas A&M University

Texas A&M, established in 1876 as the first public university in Texas, is one of the nation’s largest universities with more than 66,000 students and more than 440,000 living alumni residing in over 150 countries around the world. A tier-one university, Texas A&M holds the rare triple land-, sea- and space-grant designation. Research conducted at Texas A&M represented annual expenditures of more than $905.4 million in fiscal year 2017. Texas A&M’s research creates new knowledge that provides basic, fundamental and applied contributions resulting, in many cases, in economic benefits to the state, nation and world.