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Paul, Weiss Hosts Legal Screening and TPS Clinic for Displaced Ukrainians
- May 9, 2022
Paul, Weiss hosted a Ukrainian Legal Screening and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) clinic alongside two partner organizations, the New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) and Razom, a community-based organization serving the Ukrainian community in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. The clinic was well attended, with 10 attorneys and three operations team members from Paul, Weiss screening 30 people displaced from Ukraine. The firm received special thanks from the community for mobilizing an impressive number of native Ukrainian and Russian speakers—nine in total—to interpret.
Following a training earlier in the week provided by NYLAG, our attorneys and interpreters assessed individuals’ eligibility for a wide range of immigration relief, from TPS to asylum and other humanitarian special visas. Clients asked questions ranging from how to bring overseas family members to the United States and how the administration's new Uniting for Ukraine program functions, to how to secure work authorization. The firm has committed to represent any individual who attended the clinic and was determined to be eligible for TPS.
Also in attendance were representatives of the International Rescue Committee, the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
The Paul, Weiss team included corporate partners Megan Spelman and Elizabeth McColm; restructuring partner Robert Britton; of counsel Eric Goodison; litigation associates Nina Kovalenko and Oleg Shik; corporate associate Lara Solomons; executive compensation associate Sofya Bakradze. The clinic was coordinated by pro bono attorneys Tanaz Moghadam, Pradine Saint-Fort and Emily Donohoe.
The clinic was held on May 6 at the First Ukrainian Assembly of God in New York City.