Immigration Clinic Director Attends Convening

The LUM Immigration Clinic enjoys many resources as an affiliate member of CLINIC, the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., including an invitation to attend CLINIC’s annual Convening. Convening is the premier training event for those seeking to increase their knowledge of immigration law and successful program management techniques and to help their community embrace immigrant integration. This year’s Convening took place May 24-26 in Atlanta, Georgia — and Susan Brouillette, LUM Immigration Clinic director, attended.

{Pictured above L to R: Sister Michelle Sinkhorn & Sister Joan Scheller of Sisters of Benedict and Susan Brouillette.}

Susan gathered with fellow advocates and service providers to share strategies, enhance expertise and provide hope in a variety of different settings. She shared that the “national conference was worthwhile and very helpful. I was updated on changes in policies and regulations in a venue where I could ask questions and get answers, in an interactive environment with CLINIC staff who are considered to be among the top practitioners in immigration law.” Some of the best aspects of the Convening were learning new strategies and networking. Susan learned ways to enhance the volunteer experience, tips on using LawLogix (our case management software), and how to optimize program efficiency. She also met and networked with colleagues with whom she will stay connected including members of the Catholic Charities of Indianapolis and the Sisters of Benedict, Ferdinand, Indiana.

After attending the Convening, Susan is better prepared to get re-accredited, which is required every three years. In order to ensure the integrity of the services, accredited representatives must participate in continuing education opportunities such as webinars, classes, and other informational programs to stay up to date regarding changes in immigration law and policies. Susan returned to the LUM Immigration Clinic with the new skills and knowledge that will allow her and a core group of volunteers to better serve the individuals and families who seek assistance from the LUM Immigration Clinic. CLINIC’s annual Convening was a valuable training experience that will help sustain and grow the services offered by Lafayette Urban Ministry for many months to come.

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