KU offers free legal aid for DACA recipients

Published: Sep. 19, 2017 at 10:25 PM CDT
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The University of Kansas Law School is offering free walk-in legal help for people to renew their DACA status.

Some DACA recipients have until October 5th to apply for renewal if their status expires between now and March 2018. With the deadline fast approaching, KU Law students and faculty say they’re ready to help.

“I want to be able to help out people, let them stay here in Lawrence and I don't think it was right to revoke DACA, it was kind of a surprise move,” First year law student, Max Iverson, said.

With just over two weeks until the DACA deadline, “dreamers” applying for renewal won’t have time to resubmit forms if they make a mistake. The legal aid clinic will help make sure every paper is perfect.

“An average person could fill out the form and figure out and put in their name, their addresses and all of that but we've seen these forms get kicked back for having street spelled out versus ‘st’,” said Clinical Associate Professor of Law, Melanie DeRousse. “So you want to make sure that everything matches from form to form, everything is exactly right.”

More than 90 students are signed up to volunteer. They say it’s a chance to help others and prepare for their career.

“I'm a first year law student so it's really important to try get as many volunteer experience as I can under my belt,” Iverson said.

Clinic organizers say they are fully set up to help DACA recipients navigate the complicated system.

“It's very scary,” said DeRousee. “They've given all that information in and they don't know what will happen if they don't get renewed so we want to make sure that everyone who the government has said is eligible to renew can renew by the deadline.”

The clinic is open:

  • Thursday, September 21 from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, September 24 from noon to 6:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, September 26 from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday September 28 from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.