Schiff Hardin LLP is pleased to announce that the firm and three attorneys have been recognized by the State Bar of Michigan’s Access to Justice Committee on its inaugural A Lawyer Helps Pro Bono Honor Roll. Schiff is one of just 10 law firms named to the honor roll for pro bono contributions to low-income individuals and families throughout Michigan.
Attorneys Robert Boley, Jacob Danziger, and Jessica Sprovtsoff were also ranked for individual pro bono work. Rob and Jacob were listed in Tier 1, having individually contributed more than 100 pro bono hours in 2018.
Rob has focused his recent pro bono work in the area of immigration, including representing an Iraqi citizen in deportation proceedings. Prior to our representation, our client had been ordered deported in 2011 was detained for more than six months by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in 2017. Rob obtained our client’s release from detention on bond and successfully moved to reopen his immigration case. As a result, our client is no longer subject to a deportation order and has been returned to legal permanent resident status. His immigration case remains pending in Immigration Court, where Rob continues to represent him in an effort to secure final relief from deportation.
Jacob secured complete relief from deportation to Iraq for a client who was detained for over 13 months by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. In an evidentiary hearing in Immigration Court, Jacob presented direct testimony from our client and family members, responded to cross-examination by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s counsel, and presented closing argument. In a decision that the Department of Homeland Security chose not to appeal, our client was granted Cancellation of Removal (and restoration of his prior legal permanent resident status).