Citizenship Day provides opportunities for immigrant community

Florida Coastal School of Law, supported by the American Immigration Lawyers and the Jacksonville Bar Association, hosted a day long outreach event in April for the local immigrant community. More than 25 local attorneys providing pro bono expertise helped make the Second Annual Citizenship Day an effective workshop for those in need.

Participating attorneys helped local immigrants begin their citizenship application process. They shared information on the eligibility requirements for naturalization, how to fill out an application and how to analyze applications. The attorneys also shared information about local services that could help them prepare for the required civics test.

More attorneys took part in this year’s event than last year, according to Florida Coastal Immigrant Rights Clinic professor Ericka Curran.

Kathy Para, pro bono development coordinator with Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, said she is pleased to be a partner of Curran and the clinic students in the initiative.

“The Florida Coastal School of Law Immigrant Rights Clinic continues to be a leading force in providing excellent services to our immigrant residents,” Para said. “As the number of immigrants grows here in Northeast Florida, it’s important that we are able to collaborate with organizations like Florida Coastal School of Law to make these critical services possible.”

She said Jacksonville Area Legal Aid staff is “deeply grateful for Florida Coastal’s commitment to serve our community.”