Denise Wager | November 6, 2020
Amid COVID-19 cancellations and challenges, Melvin Hydleburg and Zahraa Nasser, both second-year students at Notre Dame Law School, argued and won an asylum case last month through the Law School's National Immigrant Justice Center Externship.
At the beginning of the semester, Hydleburg and Nasser met with their client, a young woman from Central America, to build rapport, gain trust, and draft her detailed affidavit. Their client experienced persecution in her home country, was targeted by her government, and had been living in hiding for months before fleeing to the United States. She was traumatized and unfamiliar with the legal process.
Hydleburg and Nasser gathered evidence, interviewed witnesses, developed a case strategy, and wrote the legal brief in support of their client’s case. Days before the trial was to take place, it was canceled by the court due to COVID-19. It was then suddenly rescheduled two weeks later.
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