Spotlight on BU Law Alumna Dana Roxana Bucin

06.29.10

Dana Bucin ('05)
Dana Bucin ('05)

The clinics are proud to report the recent victory of BU Law alumna Dana Bucin ('05) in obtaining asylum relief for a persecuted woman from the Democratic Republic of Congo.  The woman came to the United States after United Nations workers found her left for dead in the forest by the rebel Hutu militia.  The challenge Dana faced was to prove, with a limited amount of evidence, that the client satisfied the elements for asylum relief.

Dana put on a full trial before Immigration Judge Michael Straus. Judge Straus denied the asylum request, in part citing a shortage of documentary evidence that the client had been in the United States for less than a year (refugees have one year after arriving in the United States to apply for asylum).  On appeal to the Board of Immigration Appeals, Dana won her case.  The Appeals Board held that the client's evidence was sufficient to meet the elements for relief.

For a full description of this exciting case and the challenges Dana faced, please read the following article:  www.ctlawtribune.com/getarticle.aspx?ID=34990

Dana is an associate at Updike, Kelly & Spellacy in Hartford, Connecticut.  Dana focuses her work on commercial finance, corporate law, international business transactions, and immigration.  She complements her immigration practice with pro bono asylum work.

While in law school, Dana worked one summer at Greater Boston Legal Services in the immigration unit. She also took Clinical Professor Susan Akram's Refugee and Asylum Law Class.   "Because of my substantive knowledge of asylum law which I obtained as a BU Law student in Professor Akram's class, I felt very comfortable handling an asylum case later on in my career without supervision," said Dana.  "I have empathy for people who have endured persecution because of factors they cannot or should not change about themselves. It feels very satisfying to have used my legal skills in a way that allowed my client to escape persecution and perhaps even bring her family to freedom."

Students interested in working on human rights and refugee cases may now participate in the Civil Litigation Program - Asylum & Human Rights Clinic, taught by Professors Susan Akram and Judi Diamond.  "Our students represent clients from all over the world who have faced hardships most of us could not even comprehend," said Professor Akram.  "I am sharing Dana's victory with our students as an inspiration for how they can make a difference in someone's life."