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Pro Bono Success Story: Miller Mayer

Miller Mayer recently received good news regarding a pro bono case that has spanned over two years. In a happy collaboration between our firm's litigation and immigration groups, and with the generous help of the Buffalo, New York, district immigration office and immigration court, a 47-year-old mentally handicapped Canadian citizen gained legal immigration status and public benefits support for the first time in his life. This support came just in time, as his mother, upon whom he has depended his entire life, is ill with cancer. Our local hospital's "nurse navigator" acted as the go-between for our firm and a deserving, undocumented family that has been living in our area since 1972. The immigration agency assisted in gently apprehending the handicapped client in our office so that he could apply for a green card in immigration court. The immigration court assisted in kindly arranging a telephonic hearing, thereby not necessitating the handicapped man's physical presence. And the Social Security Administration, after initially denying the man's benefits application, was finally compelled by our litigation associate to review and approve the benefits request without a hearing. After many years without health insurance, vocational, or any kind of state support, this family has peace of mind that their handicapped brother will not be left alone when his mother becomes unable to care for him.

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