ALSP-side1115Counsel for Justice—on Behalf of LACBA AIDS Legal Services Project—Receives Donation from Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

The law firm of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP is generously donating attorney’s fees it was paid by the Department of Justice under the Equal Access to Justice Act to LACBA AIDS Legal Services Project (ALSP). The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals awarded fees to Manatt following a successful case Manatt handled on behalf of a pro bono asylum/withholding referral from ALSP.

The case involved a detention asylum case for an HIV-positive client, Dennis, who was being detained in immigration proceedings at the federal San Pedro Detention Center on Terminal Island. Dennis felt he would be persecuted if he went back to the Philippines, and indeed he had been attacked several times before fleeing.

An Immigration Judge had ruled in favor of Dennis and granted withholding of removal. However, the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) reversed and ruled that he did not have protection. Manatt appealed for Dennis to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which overturned the BIA decision and ordered that withholding of removal be granted.

“Manatt is pleased to have secured this victory for Dennis in this important precedential case, which clarified the standard that the BIA must apply in reviewing factual findings of an immigration judge. The decision will have broad impact in other immigration cases where the BIA oversteps the boundaries of its review,” said Manatt attorney Joanna McCallum.

Manatt has a long history of pro bono leadership, with both professionals and staff actively involved in the firm’s numerous pro bono representations. The firm’s support of LACBA’s legal services projects over the years has been outstanding, taking on some of the most complex and difficult cases to ensure equal access to justice for these clients.

For more information about LACBA AIDS Legal Services Project, contact Project Director Laurie Aronoff at 213.833.6776 or laronoff@lacba.org.

Counsel for Justice stands at the forefront of providing equal access to legal services in our community by raising funds and directly contributing at the frontlines of justice through five LACBA projects: Domestic Violence Legal Services Project, Veterans Legal Services Project, Immigration Legal Assistance Project, AIDS Legal Services Project, and Civic Mediation Project. To find out more about Counsel for Justice, please click HERE.