Not able to attend the Rock Your Heart Out Concert & Art Auction? Still interested in bidding in the auction? Not to worry! You can remotely bid in our online auction on Saturday November 5, 2016 at 7PM by logging into the RYHO Auction website.
VOLUNTEER OF THE MONTH
Chase J. Cooper
Hometown: Dallas, Texas
Education: Indiana University; University of Virginia School of Law
Company: Jones Day
Driving Force: Many people are entitled to legal permanent residency or other benefits under U.S. immigration law, but those benefits do not mean anything without the ability to access them. The system is very difficult to navigate alone, and too many people are forced to live in the shadows or return to desperate circumstances in their countries of origin, simply because they do not have a lawyer. One of the many ways HRI helps pro bono lawyers is to screen potential clients and identify ones who are the most likely candidates for relief under the law; this process helps us focus our time and resources on kids and adults who just need a lawyer to get that relief.
'A Ha' Moment: Every time I call or email HRI with a question I have an "a ha moment." The HRI team is both experienced and knowledgeable. They are beyond generous with their time and have been a great source of advice and guidance on all my cases.
HRI Take Away: I've learned a lot about the many kids who travel alone to the United States from Mexico and Central America hoping to escape violence, abuse, and neglect. I've also learned about some of the programs that are available to people who want to live and work in this country legally, and the ways that pro bono attorneys can help make that happen.
Fun Fact: When I’m not working I enjoy spending time with my husband, Kent, and our dogs, VP and MJ.
"The kids I work with are always nervous on days we have to go to court. It's an intimidating experience for anyone. I really enjoy seeing their relief and joy after a successful hearing. At the end of one hearing, the judge leaned over the bench, shook my client's hand, welcomed her to the United States, and told her to let him know if anyone gave her any trouble. It was a moment of pride for me as an American citizen." -Chase Cooper
October is Pro Bono month and we are thrilled to be celebrating our pro bono attorneys. Thanks to each of our legal volunteers for your care and commitment to our cause and to each of our clients! You are appreciated. -HRI Team
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