KIND/CLS conversation: immigration
Columbia Law School alumni and students were invited to a lunchtime conversation with special guest:
Bradford L. Smith ’84
Executive Vice President & General Counsel, Microsoft Corp.
Co-Chair, Kids in Need of Defense (KIND)
The discussion higlighted the KIND collaboration with Columbia Law School, KIND's pro bono work, and the student pro bono project with KIND as a model for student involvement. Elora Mukherjee, Clinical Teaching Fellow, discussed how her immigration clinic collaborates with KIND.
What is KIND?
Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) was founded by Angelina Jolie and the Microsoft Corporation to create a pro bono movement of law firms, corporations, nongovernmental organizations, universities and volunteers to provide quality and compassionate legal counsel to unaccompanied refugee and immigrant children in the United States.
KIND serves as the leading organization for the protection of unaccompanied children who enter the US immigration system alone and strives to ensure that no such child appears in immigration court without representation. We achieve fundamental fairness through high-quality legal representation and by advancing the child's best interests, safety, and well-being.