Cite as "AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 00041203 (posted Apr. 12, 2000)"
April 11, 2000
BONO COORDINATOR JOINS
EXECUTIVE OFFICE FOR IMMIGRATION REVIEW
CHURCH, VA - Steven C. Lang joined the Executive Office for Immigration
Review (EOIR) yesterday as Pro Bono Coordinator. The Pro Bono
Program represents an important step forward in the agency's outreach to expand
and improve its customer service initiatives. Recognizing the need to have a
person dedicated full time to the Pro Bono Program, EOIR conducted a
nationwide search. Lang was selected as a result of this search.
will initially assess the areas of need for pro bono representation
throughout the country, with particular attention given to juveniles and
detained aliens. He will work to establish and maintain contacts with
individuals and organizations which might be able to provide pro bono
representation before the Immigration Courts and the Board of Immigration
Appeals, namely bar associations, law schools, advocacy groups, and law firms.
Access to counsel will significantly improve and enhance the immigration hearing
process in that aliens will be better able to present their cases to the court
while allowing for proceedings to move along more efficiently.
accepting this position at EOIR, Lang served as Attorney Coordinator for ProBAR
(the South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project) in Harlingen,
Texas, from June 1997 to February 2000. During this time, he initiated and
supervised the ProBAR Legal Rights Project which makes live group rights
presentations to all detainees at the Port Isabel Service Processing Center.
From May 1994 to June 1997, Lang was in private immigration practice in Houston,
received his B.A. in 1990 from the University of Texas at Austin, and his J.D.
in 1993 from the University of Houston Law Center. Lang is fluent in Spanish and
conversant in French. He is a member of the Texas Bar.