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William S. Boyd School of Law partners with local organizations to reach non-citizens

Southern Nevada college students will soon have the opportunity to attend a free informational session designed to warn of the problems that can arrise from the DREAM (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors) Act.

The informational session has been organized by Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), is sponsored by the William S. Boyd School of Law, Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada (LACSN) and La Voz Hispanic Law Students Association. It will provide free help in regard to the legal process and is scheduled to be held on Oct. 13 at the law school.

Under the DREAM Act, young people who entered the United States without documentation, but who have graduated or are attending school and not in trouble with the law, have their application reviewed for conditional permanent residency.

The rules of the program came out in recent weeks and the sponsors of the event especially want to educate the public about the forms and regulations for free.

“There are a lot of people who do not know how to fill out the forms or whether they need to fill out the forms,” said Christine Smith, associate dean at Boyd Law School. “There are lot of people like paralegals and attorneys who are not totally on the up and up who are advertising that they can take care of these forms for a high fee.”

The class will contain an overview of the legislation, eligibility, and provide reviews of applications as well.

Legal representation is not required to submit these forms.

“Some operations [and] businesses are putting ads on the radio and TV telling people that you do need someone to do it and if you come to us and pay a fee then they will take care of this for you,” Smith said. “They are not all honest folks. We are trying to help people so they don’t get swindled.”

The staff of the Boyd School of Law and LACSN will be teaching the informational session.

“There have been a lot of these sessions but we want to make it more available to the college students,” said Lynn Etkins Esq. associate executive director at LACSN. “We are very lucky to be able to partner up with the [William S. Boyd School of Law].”

According to organizers, there is a huge need for information sessions of this sort as many people are seeking the guidance of the Mexican consulate, who DACA is now working closely with.

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