Community Law Group

ABOUT US

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 recent Arizona Law graduates who serve as staff attorneys for a one-year term. CLG provides staff attorneys with supervision and mentoring by seasoned attorneys, as well as guidance in representing clients.
 
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 Child and Family Law Clinic and Bacon Immigration Law & Policy Program. The latter 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.

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. We also help survivors obtain custody of their children and child support through divorce and custody orders.
 
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
nkatirai@email.arizona.edu
(520) 626-2256
 
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.
 
Ana Bonilla, Fellow
anabonilla@email.arizona.edu
(520) 626-1114
 
Ana Bonilla is a 2015 graduate of the James E. Rogers College of Law. She comes from a multicultural background and brings diverse experience in various international legal systems. Ms. Bonilla gained experience in corporate law while obtaining her law degree in Mexico. As a law student at the University of Texas at Austin and the James E. Rogers College of Law, Ms. Bonilla gained experience in Immigration Law by handling U Visa, T-Visa, DACA and adjustment of status cases. She also obtained experience by representing low-wage immigrant workers and providing community education and outreach. Ms. Bonilla’s educational and professional background in Latin America, the United States and the Middle East have increased her passion for helping low-income communities.
 
Kristy Clairmont, Fellow
kaclairmont@email.arizona.edu
(520) 626-5022
 
Kristy Clairmont is a 2015 graduate of the James E. Rogers College of Law. Her family relocated from Alaska so that she could attend law school, and they have enjoyed the change in scenery and climate greatly. As a law student, Ms. Clairmont gained courtroom experience while representing children in dependency matters as a limited practice student for Arizona Law’s Child and Family Law Clinic. Ms. Clairmont was also the president of the Family and Juvenile Law Association, and participated in the award-winning Simpla Phi Lex project that promotes access to justice by providing clearer forms and instructions for self-representing parties in family law matters. Ms. Clairmont is deeply committed to making legal services accessible to all people.

PROSPECTIVE FELLOWS

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 in 2016 or 2015 (preference will be given to those who graduate in 2016);
  • Be prepared to make a full-time commitment throughout the period of appointment; and
  • Have been admitted to practice in Arizona, or be planning to sit for the February or July 2016 administration of the Examination.

Please see the job posting on UACareers to apply.