Butler Rubin Scores Another Pro Bono Victory

CHICAGO, February 1, 2016 – Butler Rubin, with associate Sandra Durkin taking the lead on writing the briefs and arguing the case, recently won a pro bono victory on behalf of a Cameroonian woman seeking asylum in the United States.  M.A., who was abused and unlawfully imprisoned by her elder male family members because she opposed being sold into a forced marriage to a man 40 years her senior, fled first to neighboring country Chad, where she experienced further persecution, before she finally found safety in the United States with her two children.

Early in the proceedings, the Immigration Judge indicated that he was inclined to make adverse credibility findings against M.A. However, after presenting M.A’s case, including extensive evidence regarding the continued prevalence of forced marriage in Cameroon, and submitting supplemental briefing on the issue of credibility, Durkin succeeded in persuading the Immigration Judge that M.A. was credible and met the legal standard for asylum.  Butler Rubin alumni associate Jennifer Bisenius also made significant contributions in preparing M.A.’s asylum application.

The Butler Rubin attorneys volunteered their time on a pro bono basis, working with the National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC), through which the firm has previously worked on asylum and other pro bono cases. The firm prides itself on using its litigation expertise to meet unmet legal needs both inside and outside of the Chicago community.  2015 marked the 5th consecutive year the firm was recognized by the Public Interest Law Initiative for its pro bono commitment.

Formed in 1980, Chicago-based Butler Rubin has established itself as a well-known law firm assisting clients nationally and internationally in complex business disputes, including antitrust law, class actions, defense of corporate directors and officers, labor and employment law, reinsurance, insurance, healthcare litigation, and insolvency.