Pro Bono

"To what greater object, to what greater character, can we aspire as lawyers than to assist the helpless and friendless in a worthy cause? I say there is none. To devote your skill and energy to the plight of another, without the promise of a material reward for oneself, is what sets us apart as professionals." John Adams, 1761


Devoting time and professional skill to public service is a hallmark of the legal profession. AILA offers resources to assist members to locate opportunities as well as incorporate such service into their practices.

Free Citizenship Clinic!

Saturday June 21st from 10AM - 2PM

Boston Public Library – Central Library

Eligible applicants will receive free legal information and assistance with their citizenship applications,


• Step-by-step review of naturalization process

• Application & documentation packaging

• Application review by an immigration attorney or qualified legal representative

Please Bring the Following Information to the Workshop:

-Your green card, all current and expired passports, and two (2) passport-style photos

-Information about your address, work, school and travel history (last 5 years).

-Information about all your travels abroad since becoming a permanent resident.

-Information about your current spouse and all your prior marriages (name, address,

date/place of birth, SSN, immigration status and A#)

-If you have been arrested: Bring ALL arrest and court documents, even if charges were

dropped or record expunged.

-Check or Money Order for $680.00 made out to “US Department of Homeland Security” (If

75 or older, only $595)*

**If you qualify for the application fee waiver YOU DO NOT HAVE TO PAY the $680 to the Immigration Service.

You have to bring documents such as pay stubs, income taxes and/or recent proof that you receive public benefits, like SSI, food stamps, WIC, cash aid, etc.

Men only : Evidence of Selective Service registration if you were a green card holder between the ages of 18 and 26. You may verify registration at, or (888) 655-1825

The AILA/PAIR Pro Bono Program 

This Program is a collaborative project between the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the Political Asylum Immigration/Representation (PAIR) Project. It is strongly supported by the Boston Immigration Court’s administration (EOIR) and its Immigration Judges. For more information and how to get involved see the attached Program Overview: AILA_PAIR Description



If you are an AILA New England chapter member interested in obtaining more information about our Pro Bono activities, please contact one of our pro-bono project liaisons:

Deirdre Marie Giblin at (617) 661-1010 or

Laura Murray-Tjan at (617) 552-6849 or