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Cyrus Mehta Honored with the 2011 Michael Maggio Memorial Pro Bono Award

On June 16, the American Immigration Lawyers Association honored Cyrus Mehta with the 2011 Michael Maggio Memorial Pro Bono Award. “In addition to managing a busy law firm, Mr. Mehta is deeply committed to public service and is very interested in ensuring that immigration lawyers can reach out to the most vulnerable immigrants through pro bono projects.” Some of his pro bone efforts include:

  • Chair of AILA’s National Pro Bono Committee
  • Board of Directors of Volunteers of Legal Services, Inc. (VOLS)
  • Under his leadership, AILA launched its first Annual Conference Pro Bono Clinic in San Diego, CA, in 2011
  • In collaboration with the New York City Bar Association, Mr. Mehta and the AILA New York City Chapter launched the New York City Immigrant Advocacy Initiative to provide brief service clinics on a regular basis
  • Also in partnership with the New York City Bar, Mr. Mehta and the AILA Chapter joined with Legal Aid to create the Varick Street N.Y Immigration Court project to represent detained immigrant


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