Citizenship Fair Helps Future Citizens
November 12, 2009
McGeorge’s inaugural Citizenship Fair exceeded all expectations, helping 290 immigrant attendees with a five-hour program on November 7, 2009, which included one-on-one assistance with paperwork, civics classes, USCIS mock interviews and a variety of workshops.
More than 80 students from McGeorge, UC Davis School of Law, and the University of the Pacific were joined by many immigration attorneys as they aided participants who seek to become United States citizens.
With an introduction in Spanish, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Julie Davies welcomed a crowd of 630 people that included many of the participants’ family members. State Senate President Pro Tem Daryl Steinberg, Assembly member Dave Jones, and a representative from Congresswoman Doris Matsui’s office were among the dignitaries who spoke to the gathering.
Professor Raquel Aldana and Community Legal Services Director Dorothy Landsberg were the key organizers of the event, which received advance promotion in five different languages. Immigration law professor Blake Nordahl and Institute for Administrative Justice staff attorney Kathleen Benton assisted with the day’s operations.
Univision Channel 19 was among the event’s many co-sponsors and its film crews recorded interviews with organizers and participants. KCRA Channel 3 also was among the media outlets on hand.