Amaris Montes Prevails in UCLA Law Ninth Circuit Appellate Training Program

Amaris Montes (’21), current Fellow with Rights Behind Bars, was quoted in a UCLA Law article discussing how presenting oral arguments to a panel of federal judges prior to graduating law school prepared her to litigate on behalf of children in immigration detention centers (“Corps of Appeals: Clinic Students Earn Big Wins at Ninth Circuit,” Oct. 4). “People in carceral settings have to overcome so many obstacles to have their rights respected by this legal system — from physical and financial barriers, to impossible administrative hurdles, to laws such as the Prison Litigation Reform Act that actively prevent people in prisons from having their day in court. . . . The legal system has failed them so much.” Amaris also noted, “As a woman of color in the legal profession, it is easy for me to get imposter syndrome, especially standing in front of the Ninth Circuit. But what I was able to gain from the clinic was the confidence to know that I am completely capable — and possibly good?! — at this work, enough so that we litigated a whole appellate case from start to finish. And we even won!”