Fordham Law


Immigrant Rights and Access to Justice Clinic Scores Two Victories

November 18, 2011

Students in Fordham Law's Immigrant Rights and Access to Justice Clinic helped achieve two recent victories for clients.

Caitlin Polus '12 and Genevieve Quinn '12 worked on an asylum case for a client from Cameroon. The client had been detained twice under very poor conditions and subjected to inhumane treatment before he managed to flee the country in west Central Africa. Polus and Quinn developed the case during the spring 2011 semester and assisted in the preparation for the filing of the asylum application. The client was ultimately granted asylum based on persecution on account of a political opinion imputed on him as a result of his brother's active political opposition to the country's government. 

In a second case, students Elba Bermudez '12, Kelly Starcevich '12, Banafsheh (Shay) Soltani '12, and Michael Stufsky '11 helped a client maintain his legal status as a lawful permanent resident of the United States and remain in the country with his American citizen children, life partner, and siblings. The client faced deportation from the United States because of a 1989 conviction for which he received a sentence of five years probation that he successfully completed. Bermudez and Starcevich represented the client during the fall 2011 semester while Soltani and Stufsky worked on the case in prior semesters.

"The students in these two cases did a superb job representing their clients," said Gemma Solimene, who as Director of the Clinic, supervised the students. "We at the Law School congratulate them for their diligent efforts and their commitment to serving this underrepresented group."