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Fragomen Partner Michelle Jacobson Appointed to Advisory Committee of ABA’s Commission on Immigration

Fragomen Partner Michelle Jacobson Appointed to  Advisory Committee of ABA’s Commission on Immigration

Our Chicago-based Partner, Michelle Jacobson, has been appointed to the Advisory Committee of the American Bar Association’s Commission on Immigration. Jacobson was named to the appointment-only 10-person Committee for the second consecutive year by ABA President Judy Perry Martinez.

The Advisory Committee provides counsel to the Commission in its efforts to ensure fair treatment and full due process rights for immigrants and refugees within the United States, develop and implement immigration-related policy for the ABA, and advocate for changes in the law when necessary. It also provides continuing education to the bar and the public and creates and assists in the operation of pro bono programs to assist vulnerable immigrant and refugee populations.

“Since its inception, the Commission on Immigration has had a tremendous impact in immigration advocacy on behalf of the ABA,” said Jacobson, a long-time supporter of immigration and refugee rights. “Access to a lawyer, and vigorous representation to ensure a fair process, are essential to people in our country's immigration system.  For many, the stakes couldn't be higher, sometimes even life or death.  With all of the changes and challenges happening now in our system at such a fast pace, the need to protect the rights of each person has never been higher.  I am looking forward to continuing the amazing work the ABA has done in this critical area.”

In addition to her efforts on the ABA Immigration Commission, Jacobson assists with asylum, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) cases through the National Immigrant Justice Center.