Orbit Law, PLLC Provides Pro-Bono Services to Nonprofits

We will be helping them conduct free legal clinics on matters of immigration, employee rights and civil rights to the low-income, immigrant and refugee populations that they serve.

Steve Tanijo and Kripa Upadhyay, managing partners of Orbit Law, PLLC, recently entered into a pro-bono partnership with InterIm CDA, one of Seattle’s oldest and most well-regarded nonprofits. “We will be helping them conduct free legal clinics on matters of immigration, employee rights and civil rights to the low-income, immigrant and refugee populations that they serve,” said Tanijo.

InterIm CDA is an affordable housing and community development organization based in Seattle’s Chinatown/International District. It provides multi-lingual, culturally competent housing-related and community building services to Asian, Pacific Islander, and immigrant and refugee communities in Seattle.

As pro-bono service is a cornerstone of the firm, Tanijo and Upadhyay have dedicated their business to take on 6-8 pro-bono cases per year, requiring at least 50-100 hours of work per case. These cases are generally for victims of violence (U-Visa); applications for political asylum (generally children fleeing violence in South and Central America); and individuals seeking refuge from countries where they have either been subjected to torture or are afraid of being subjected to torture if returned.

Orbit Law has also partnered with many other altruistic organizations, most recently with the University of Washington’s School of Social Work to allow a Masters in Social Work (MSW) student to complete their practicum at the law firm. The MSW student will be working as a case manager to assist particular Orbit Law clients and their families access social…

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