KLS Attorney Michael Hilleary Receives Recognition

2024 American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Chapter Pro Bono Champions

6/7/24 AILA Doc. No. 24060703.

Congratulations to the 2024 AILA Chapter Pro Bono Champions! The 2024 Champions demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to providing pro bono assistance through various worthy initiatives. Thank you for promoting justice and advocating for underserved members of the immigrant population!

Missouri-Kansas  - Michael Hilleary

"Michael Hilleary practices law at Kansas Legal Services - Kansas City, the Legal Services Corporation in Kansas that provides legal assistance to persons with low income and victims of domestic violence. Although he is a new member to the Missouri-Kansas chapter, he has been assisting immigrants in different ways throughout the years. 

"He was one of the people that implemented the help desk in Kansas which has been modeled throughout the state. This provides free legal guidance for pro se individuals throughout the courts of Kansas. 

"He also represents individuals without legal status in divorce cases if they are victims of domestic abuse or crimes. 

"When he represents nondocumented youth in the foster system, he ensures there are SIJS findings included in the orders. 

"This year, he was the attorney that, following a grant from the Kansas Office of Refugee Resettlement, was appointed to represent the influx of Afghan war refugees and former soldiers. Michael Hilleary and project director Vanessa Watson have assisted 45 Afghans seeking asylum and the right to work in the United States since the project started in September 2023."

Congratulations, Michael!

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