Jenner & Block

Firm Wins Victory on Behalf of Pro Bono Client Seeking Asylum

On March 12, 2014, Jenner & Block won a victory in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on behalf of pro bono client Yingchun Zhang.  Ms. Zhang was seeking asylum in the United States after Chinese officials electrocuted her, beat her, and imprisoned her because she attended an unauthorized Christian home church in China.  Prior to the firm’s involvement in the case, an immigration judge and the Board of Immigration Appeals had determined that Ms. Zhang was not credible and denied her requests for asylum and withholding of removal. 

Partner Brent Caslin and Associate Samuel D. Green presented a tag-team oral argument before the Ninth Circuit and succeeded in persuading the Court that the four stated reasons for the adverse credibility determination were invalid and that Ms. Zhang is eligible for asylum and withholding of removal.  Brent and Samuel were aided in their preparation for oral argument by Associates L. David Russell, Christopher S. Lindsay, Christina Avedissian, Kathleen J. Covarrubias and MacKenzie L. Smith.  Summer Associate Stanley H. Chen and alumni Associate Jean Marie Doherty made significant contributions to the opening brief in support of Ms. Zhang’s appeal.