Clinic supervisors cited for pro bono work

Immigration advocacy group honors UHLC’s Hoffman and Beck.

Supervising attorney Janet Beck, left, and Clinical Associate Professor Geoffrey A. Hoffman were honored by the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC). Their awards were presented by CLINIC Advocacy Attorney Lauren Sullivan, second from right, and CLINIC Executive Director Maria Odom.

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June 7, 2012 – Two members of the University of Houston Law Center Immigration Clinic faculty were honored recently for their work supervising law students on pro bono cases before the Board of Immigration Appeals. Geoffrey A. Hoffman, clinical associate professor and faculty supervisor of the clinic, and Janet B. Beck, a supervising attorney and adjunct professor, were cited by the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) during an award ceremony in Austin on May 24. In accepting his award, Hoffman spoke about the importance of law school clinics which represent tens of thousands of indigent litigants across the country every year. Beck discussed her work supervising Andrea Penedo ’12 and other students on the precedential case, Matter of M-A-M-, which concerned the rights of respondents with mental disabilities.

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