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Law school to co-host Citizenship Day 2012

Florida Coastal School of Law and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) will celebrate the Fifth Annual Citizenship Day on Saturday, April 14, by legal permanent residents in the Northeast Florida community apply to become U.S. citizens.

The Jacksonville event is an effective collaboration of Florida Coastal School of Law, Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, and The Jacksonville Bar Association. Approximately forty pro bono attorneys and dozens of law students will gather to assist applicants with their forms and taking the next step toward naturalization. It will take place at Florida Coastal School of Law from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.

As a single-day, nationwide event, AILA Citizenship Day provides free or low-cost assistance to eligible legal permanent residents who wish to apply for U.S. citizenship, utilizing partnerships between AILA chapters across the country and grassroots organizations. In partnership with the “ya es hora ¡Ciudadanía!” campaign, AILA will hold 43 naturalization clinics in 30 states serving more than 2,000 immigrants who are preparing to become citizens for which they estimate 400 AILA attorneys and 900 non-volunteers will be needed. More than 80 immigrants are expected at Coastal Law during the local event.

Citizenship Day is an award winning venture, capturing the 2008 Award of Excellence in the Associations Advance America Awards program, a national competition sponsored by the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and The Center for Association Leadership. Citizenship Clinics will be held in Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Washington, and the Washington, D.C. Metro Area. A list of clinic coordinators and their phone numbers is available after this release.

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