Daily Briefs

New online platform connects lawyers with immigrant children facing deportation

A new online platform operated by the American Bar Association and developed by a Florida technology company will match volunteer lawyers with immigrant children facing deportation in several states.

The website – Pro Bono Matters for Children Facing Deportation – offers help to immigrant children, 14,000 of whom are held in federal detention on any given day.

The platform was developed by legal technology company SavvySuit and will be operated by the ABA’s Children’s Immigration Law Academy (CILA), which trains and supports lawyers representing children in immigration proceedings. The ABA’s South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project (ProBAR) and Catholic Charities New Orleans also are participating in the pilot project, which is funded by the Vera Institute of Justice.

Pro Bono Matters for Children Facing Deportation provides a way for pro bono lawyers across the nation to search for cases posted by civil legal aid providers to address legal relief for unaccompanied children who have crossed into the United States from Mexico. Attorneys can search for cases by geographic location, case type and posting organization. Cases will be provided by legal aid and pro bono programs nationwide and include mentoring support.

The website and its data engine are based on the same technology as Florida Pro Bono Matters, which SavvySuit developed for The Florida Bar Foundation to match volunteer lawyers with civil cases in that state.
Lawyers can find more information at  www.cilacademy.org/pro-bono.


Auctions for more than 200 tax-foreclosed  properties scheduled

More than 200 tax-foreclosed properties in eight Michigan counties will be offered at public auctions between August 2 and September 4, according to the Michigan Department of Treasury.

Branch, Clinton, Iosco, Keweenaw, Livingston, Luce, Mecosta and Shiawassee counties have chosen to use the state of Michigan as their foreclosing governmental unit. The residential and commercial properties being auctioned from these counties have been foreclosed due to delinquent property taxes.

Individuals will have the opportunity to bid for parcels online at www.tax-sale.info or in-person at designated sites on the following dates:

August 2, 2019 Iosco County

August 8, 2019 Luce County

August 10, 2019 Keweenaw County

August 17, 2019 Mecosta County

August 29, 2019 Branch County

September 4, 2019 Clinton, Livingston and Shiawassee counties

Potential bidders assume the responsibility to thoroughly research property with the municipality in which the property is located. Auction details are available online at www.tax-sale.info or by calling 1-800-259-7470.
Bidders are encouraged to thoroughly review all of the Auction Rules and Frequently Asked Questions on www.tax-sale.info prior to participating in any state tax foreclosure auctions.