Yesterday, MIA said goodbye to our fall semester law school extern, Josselyne Bustillo. She was an amazing asset to us during the particularly intense past few months, and we wish her all the best as fall exams approach! Josselyne’s parting words:
Over the last 14 weeks I have been an extern at Mid-South Immigration Advocates (MIA) and gotten a small taste of work they do day in and day out. Throughout the semester, I spent over 112 hours assisting the attorneys and staff members in a variety of ways. While here, I acquired hands on experience in drafting U-Visa certification letters and immigration forms for asylum, U-Visa, and adjustment of status cases, just to name a few. Additionally, I have been able to spend time observing at hearings and interacting with clients at court and in the office.
My time at MIA has provided me with the opportunity to gain a better understanding of the immigration system and the relief types available to immigrants. I have also been able to grow as a law student and strengthen skills such as legal research and writing. Attorneys Sally Joyner and Allison Wanamaker gave me the chance to learn, research, and ask questions throughout my entire time spent with them and never hesitated to guide me and offer both practical and professional advice.
Most importantly, through this externship I have seen the deep need in the Memphis community for the legal representation that MIA provides. I am grateful to the entire Mid-South Immigration Advocates staff for allowing me to be part of the amazing work that do here. It has been a privilege to be part of team committed to being advocates for those who often go without help or legal representation.
– Josselyne Bustillo
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