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MSU College of Law

Immigration Law Clinic Recognized for Diversity Contributions

Michigan State University College of Law’s Immigration Law Clinic has received an Excellence in Diversity Award (EIDA) from Michigan State University.

EIDA winners represent initiatives that are "outstanding, exceptional, extraordinary and innovative in areas such as teaching, research, programs, services and community outreach," according to the EIDA Selection Committee. Since 1990, the EIDA has rewarded efforts that support an on-campus environment where diversity and inclusion are valued.

"It is exciting to see the work of our students recognized throughout the university," said Veronica Tobar Thronson, director and co-founder of the Immigration Law Clinic. "In particular, this award acknowledges the link between the amazing educational experience that students have and their meaningful engagement with clients and the community."

The Immigration Law Clinic was nominated as a team, and five clinic staff members were recognized for their contributions:

  • Jesse Alvarez, Office Manager
  • Lauren Aronson, Teaching Fellow
  • Elinor Jordan, Supervising Attorney
  • Joanna Kloet, Supervising Attorney
  • Veronica Tobar Thronson, Immigration Law Clinic Director

"Their outstanding and tireless work to serve immigrant populations is above and beyond all expectations in scope and quality," said Joan W. Howarth, dean of MSU Law. "This team has created an atmosphere and workplace that welcomes and values the diverse people it serves. Through the clinic, our students learn the importance of honoring diversity in their approach to the practice of law."

The Immigration Law Clinic’s faculty and student clinicians have represented clients from 69 countries. Since its establishment in 2010, they have succeeded in obtaining lawful permanent residency status for 126 clients. Clients have included unaccompanied children, families seeking to reunite across borders, victims of domestic violence and human trafficking, asylum seekers, and refugees. The Clinic also serves the community through education and outreach efforts.

Last updated:January 8, 2015

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