Campbell Law students serve legal needs of local Ukrainian immigrants

RALEIGH — Members of Campbell Law School’s Immigration and Refugee Rights Project (IRRP) partnered with Church World Service to hold an Ukrainian Humanitarian Immigration Clinic on Saturday, March 26, for more than 20 immigrants, their families and community activists interested in learning more about the process.  

The clinic came on the heels of President Biden’s announcement that the U.S. plans to allow up to 100,000 Ukrainians to immigrate in to the country. The pro bono clinic was held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the law school in downtown Raleigh. The clinic was the topic of news reports on Spectrum News 1, WRAL Raleigh and WILM CBS Wilmington, which recognized the dedication of Campbell Law students to humanitarian immigration efforts. 

“The clinic is designed to help connect local Ukrainian immigrants with aid and assist their families in making decisions on United States humanitarian law,” explained Siobhan Riley of Spectrum News 1. 

Local attorneys and experts in the field of refugee issues including community partner Church World Service and private attorneys Diana Allen and Christiane Burrell were on hand to help supervise the law students as they assisted in giving local Ukrainian immigrants not only aid that they qualify for, but to also assist their families in making decisions on United States humanitarian law.  

According to one of the IRRP leaders Mindy Lemus ’22, classmate Kelly Chauvin ’24, who led the information session on Saturday, was the inspiration for the clinic. Following the information session, which was attended by N.C. Secretary of State Elaine Marshall ’81, the group was broken out into smaller individual sessions based on need. 

Three different types of immigration assistance was available:

  • Temporary Protected Status
  • Lautenberg Affidavit of Relationship
  • Humanitarian Parole

As part of the law school’s Pro Bono Projects, IRRP works with local immigrants and refugees to help gain a better understanding of laws and regulations that impact immigrants and refugees.


Since its founding in 1976, Campbell Law has developed lawyers who possess moral conviction, social compassion, and professional competence, and who view the law as a calling to serve others. Among its accolades, the school has been recognized by the American Bar Association (ABA) as having the nation’s top Professionalism Program and by the American Academy of Trial Lawyers for having the nation’s best Trial Advocacy Program. Campbell Law boasts more than 4,500 alumni, who make their home in nearly all 50 states and beyond. In 2021, Campbell Law celebrated 45 years of graduating legal leaders and 12 years of being located in a state-of-the-art facility in the heart of North Carolina’s Capital City.