Sidley was honored by the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) with the “Michael Maggio Memorial Pro Bono Award” for outstanding efforts in providing pro bono representation in the immigration field. In 2019, Sidley lawyers devoted more than 145,000 hours to pro bono matters, including more than 10,000 hours to immigration matters, and Sidley lawyers represented clients from more than 30 countries in pro bono immigration matters.
Sidley’s Political Asylum and Immigrants’ Rights Project provides legal services to asylum-seeking immigrants and refugees fleeing persecution abroad. The project addresses other immigration matters, including representation of victims of domestic violence and other crimes seeking relief under the Violence Against Women Act and U nonimmigrant status; adjustments to lawful permanent resident status for asylees and refugees; and representation of immigrant minors in Special Immigrant Juvenile Status cases.
Recent significant accomplishments include securing a victory on behalf of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights in the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit; achieving a series of three significant pro bono victories on behalf of three individuals detained at a county correctional facility amidst the COVID-19 pandemic in partnership with lawyers from the National Immigrant Justice Center; and obtaining certification of a class of U.S. citizens and foreign nationals challenging President Donald Trump over his attempt to enact a Presidential Proclamation that would bar immigrants who lack coverage by “approved health insurance.” For more news and information, please visit the Project’s page here.