Community Law Group
The University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law Community Law Group (CLG) was established in fall 2014 and is dedicated to:
- Addressing the unmet legal needs of low-income community residents in Southern Arizona by providing free legal representation;
- Providing continuing legal training and experience for new Arizona Law graduates; and
- Promoting professionalism and public service among Arizona Law graduates and students.
We are currently focusing on family law, juvenile law, and immigration cases.
CLG’s staff consists of a director, a clinical liason and survivor advocate, and recent Arizona Law graduates who serve as staff attorneys for a one-year term. Law students and Social Work students in the Domestic Violence Legal Clinic (DVLC) work closely with CLG staff as well.
CLG adopts a comprehensive, holistic approach to the immigrant and low-income communities it serves. This approach, combined with the program’s institutional affiliation with the law school, enables CLG to connect clients to a wide array of services and resources, both internally at the law school and the university, and externally through extensive partnerships with the nonprofit sector and private bar.
CLG works closely with the law school’s Domestic Violence Legal Clinic, Child and Family Law Clinic and Bacon Immigration Law & Policy Program. The Bacon Program includes two immigration-related clinics for JD students – one for immigrants in removal proceedings and one for low-wage immigrant workers. In addition to university resources, CLG also has well-established partnerships with service providers and advocacy organizations throughout the region.
CLG benefits from the support of the Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona.
WHAT WE DO
The Community Law Group provides direct representation to clients in three substantive practice areas. Our goal is to provide holistic services, so clients can have all their legal needs met. We also provide referrals to social and other services.
Family Law: We help survivors of domestic violence, stalking, and sexual assault obtain protection orders against their abusers.
Immigration Law: We help survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault obtain immigration status, typically through U Visas, VAWA Petitions, and asylum. We also help children who have been abused, abandoned, or neglected obtain immigration status through Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) Status.
Juvenile Law: We represent children in dependency or child protection proceedings. We also represent our domestic violence parent victims in such child protection proceedings.
WHO WE ARE
Negar Katirai, Director
Negar Katirai comes to the University of Arizona with a diverse variety of experiences in public interest and corporate law practice. Most recently, Ms. Katirai served as Assistant Director of the Levin Center for Public Service and Public Interest Law at Stanford Law School, where she engaged in research and developed reports regarding the public interest field, including the delivery system for legal aid to the underrepresented, and best practices for evaluating public interest legal services. Prior to that Ms. Katirai served as a Staff Attorney at the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia and at Break the Cycle. In both positions she provided holistic legal advocacy services to survivors of domestic violence, including in protection order, child custody, and child support matters. Throughout her career as a lawyer Ms. Katirai has represented immigrants in asylum and U Visa cases, most intensely when she worked as an Associate at Steptoe & Johnson LLP, where her pro bono practice focused on representing asylum applicants in immigration court and legislative advocacy on behalf of child victims of trafficking.
Erin A. Lowry, Clinical Liaison/Survivor Advocate and Field Instructor for MSW Interns
Erin A. Lowry is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who brings to the Community Law Group her broad experience in the behavioral health field. During her career, Ms. Lowry has performed as a clinical supervisor, psychotherapist, substance use disorder counselor, case manager and crisis worker. Ms. Lowry has experience in inpatient, residential and outpatient treatment settings. She has served on multidisciplinary teams with judges, attorneys, probation officers and child protection agency workers on juvenile drug court and family treatment drug court collaborative efforts. Ms. Lowry has also assisted with program development and revision of policies and procedures for behavioral health agencies. She has experience in treating a range of concerns including, but not limited to: trauma, substance use disorders, depression, anxiety, and relationship issues. Ms. Lowry decided to enter the field of Social Work after volunteering and working for a Domestic Violence agency at a young age where she developed a passion for working with survivors of domestic abuse. Currently, in addition to her position as a Clinical Liaison/Survivor Advocate and Field Instructor for the Community Law Group, she also is the owner of a private practice in Tucson, AZ.
The ideal candidate for a fellowship position has demonstrated a commitment to serving people in need and has at least some experience in one of our three practice areas. Spanish language skills are a plus.
To apply for a position, you must:
- Have received or be scheduled to receive a Juris Doctor degree from the James E. Rogers College of Law;
- Be prepared to make a full-time commitment throughout the period of appointment; and
- Have been admitted to practice law in the United States, or be planning to sit for the next administration of the Bar Examination.
Please see the job posting on UACareers to apply.