On April 5, 2014, students participated in the American Immigration Lawyers Association sponsored "Citizenship Day 2014," a single-day workshop with sites around the country providing assistance to lawful permanent residents eligible for naturalization, at Florida Coastal School of Law (FCSL). This is the fifth year this event has been held at FCSL.Under the leadership of FCSL Alum, Professor Kara Roberts, Jacksonville Legal Aid Refugee Project Attorney, the Naturalization and Citizenship Clinic students planned and coordinated the event. Student volunteers, local attorneys, FCSL staff and local AILA members enabled 80 lawful permanent residents complete the naturalization application process in a single day
Another 28 applicants were referred to other agencies for further assistance on a Pro-Bono basis. In all over 100 residents seeking citizenship were assisted on citizenship day. Many of the applicants have limited resources and diverse cultural and language barriers that were overcome with the help of participants, coordinators and more than 60 student volunteers. This very important community outreach program allows applicants to realize their American Dream of earning their citizenship. Applicants represented over twenty countries including, Honduras, Burma, Congo, Vietnam, Columbia, Honduras, Dominican Republic and Cuba.
Volunteers were also able to interact with the applicants practicing their skills in several languages to include Spanish, French, Burmese and Farsi. The event was a true multicultural experience that enriched the experience for the applicants, coordinators and volunteers. Clinic student coordinators were O. C. Nwaebube; Reem Sayyad; Raquel Stokes; Pamela Flores; Yadira Duran; and Priscilla Justiniano