Immigration Practice Clinic

About Us

Students in the Immigration Practice Clinic have full responsibility for defending clients against deportation in the Memphis Immigration Court, the Board of Immigration Appeals, and the federal courts of appeals. As part of that work, students write complex legal briefs, argue cases, conduct fact investigation, interview witnesses and clients, and represent clients in administrative law trials. Students also engage in advocacy in partnership with local and national immigrants' rights organizations.

What Students Can Expect

  • Conducting legal research and writing, drafting pleadings and motions, advocacy, interpersonal professional communication, problem-solving, client and witness interviewing and counseling, discovery, and litigation strategy.
  • Conducting research that navigates through federal and agency cases, statutes, and regulations to develop nuanced arguments in support of client's case.
  • Writing briefs for clients before the Board of Immigration Appeals and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Alvaro Barrenchea

Immigration Clinic Director

Alvaro A. Manrique Barrenechea LLM'19

Assistant Clinical Professor of Law

Alvaro Barrenechea earned his law degree from Universidad de Lima Law School in Peru in 2013. Before moving to the United States, he practiced in the field of international commercial arbitration at the Centro de Arbitraje de la Camara de Comercio de Lima. Alvaro joined Tennessee Justice for Our Neighbors in 2015 and has been responsible for several projects including TNJFON’s Woodbine Immigration Intake Clinic, the Families Together educational series, and the Oye Vecino podcast, which he currently co-hosts. Alvaro’s practice at TNJFON focuses on providing legal representation to individuals and families that are making the United States their second home.

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  • How do I obtain legal assistance?

    Vanderbilt Legal Clinic is a law office within Vanderbilt University Law School that provides free representation for a limited number of individuals and organizations that could not otherwise afford representation. Students enrolled in one of the legal clinic courses represent clients under the direct supervision of a law faculty member. The Immigration Practice Clinic provides representation to immigrants in humanitarian immigration cases which include: asylum; unaccompanied minors; victims of violence who may be eligible for a u-visa; and cancellation of removal. Intake for the Immigration Clinic is closed during the summer. Vanderbilt Legal Clinic does not respond to email requests for legal assistance. Please call 615-322-4964.

  • Where can I find a pro bono Immigration Attorney?*

    * The legal clinic and the law school does not have any affiliation with the aforementioned resources. They are provided for information purposes only.

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