After a long selection process Dree K. Collopy, a 2007 graduate of Catholic University’s law school and a partner with Benach Ragland LLP in Washington, D.C., has been chosen to author the 7th edition of The American Immigration Lawyers Association’s Asylum Primer.
The volume is widely considered as the "go-to" resource in the field, providing interpretive guidance on the entire asylum process. The book is relied upon by everyone from attorneys to government officials, from law professors to law students, from nonprofit organizations to asylum-seekers themselves.
Among other goals, the Asylum Primer provides answers to help navigate through the asylum process-from the first meeting to the close of the case.
“I am very honored to have been chosen for this project,” said Collopy. “The Asylum Primer
is used in many asylum/refugee law and immigration clinical courses throughout the country. It is also used as a comprehensive manual by practicing immigration lawyers.”
Collopy, who designed the Immigration Litigation Clinic at the Columbus School of Law, where she supervises law students in representing indigent clients, brings unique credentials to her oversight of the primary treatise in the field.
She has advocated before the U.S. immigration courts, Board of Immigration Appeals, U.S. district courts, U.S. circuit courts of appeals, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Customs and Border Protection, and the U.S. consulates abroad.
A recognized immigration law expert, particularly in the sub-specialty of asylum law and practice, Collopy also served for two years as chair of the AILA National Asylum and Refugee Liaison Committee.
She is a frequent lecturer and publisher in the field of immigration law, and continues to serve the disadvantaged through personal pro bono work as well as serving in a leadership capacity on local and national pro bono committees and projects.
Collopy’s first edition of Asylum Primer is scheduled for publication in November. She will update it approximately every 2 years.