August 2020 Volunteer of the Month – Aaron Uslan

Aaron Uslan is an immigration attorney based in Washington D.C.. He has not been volunteering for MVLS for long, only joining our panel in April 2020, but in just a few months he has proven himself to be invaluable. Aaron is one of our only active attorneys who primarily accepts SIJS (Special Immigrant Juvenile Status) custody cases. In addition to accepting four cases, he has also helped to mentor some first-time SIJS volunteers. Our paralegals like to joke that Aaron just came out of nowhere and was immediately outstanding.

Read on to learn why Aaron volunteers:

  • Why do you choose to volunteer with MVLS?

Like many in the legal profession, my business was substantially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The silver lining was I could devote more time to volunteering and pro bono efforts. A colleague had recommended MVLS as a way to assist immigrant families with their legal issues. My background is in immigration law so I thought I would be a natural fit.

  • Do you have any stand out stories?

I just started in April so I don’t have any stand out stories as of yet. Although all my clients have been extremely grateful for the assistance and have repeatedly expressed their thanks.

  • What is your favorite part about volunteering with MVLS?

My favorite part is helping the children involved in these cases. Many of them had to leave their friends and family, and flee their home countries for fear of violence and persecution. Knowing I can give them a fresh start here in Maryland provides me with a sense of fulfillment and accomplishment at the end of the day.

  • Why should other attorneys do pro bono?

Attorneys should do it because there is a substantial need for pro bono legal services right now in Maryland. Many Maryland families are currently struggling as a result of the coronavirus. Many have lost jobs or worse. Some perhaps could have afforded to pay for legal services before COVID-19 but now find themselves in difficult financial straits due to the pandemic.

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