Stinson Leonard Street Seeks Construction Law Associate

This posting from Stinson was just received by KC LEGAL. Details are below.

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Stinson Leonard Street

 

Construction Law Associate, Kansas City, MO

 

 

Description:                           Stinson Leonard Street LLP (www.stinson.com) is seeking an Associate with two to four years of experience to join the Construction Law practice group in our Kansas City office.

                                               

                                                Qualifications Required: Juris Doctor and active Missouri attorney license is required. Qualified candidates will have two to four years of litigation experience. Construction law experience is highly desirable and an interest in developing a construction practice is required. The candidate must possess excellent academic credentials and have strong writing, analytical, organizational, and communication skills.

 

To Apply:                                Please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample and a copy of your law school transcript by e-mail to:

 

Sharon Ivy
Recruiting & Diversity Manager
Stinson Leonard Street

1201 Walnut Street
Kansas City, MO 64106

Recruiting@stinson.com

 

 

 

Stinson Leonard Street is an EEO employer. We encourage qualified minority, female, veteran and disabled candidates to apply to be considered for open positions. We offer a competitive compensation and benefits package. We conduct criminal background checks of all individuals offered employment.

 

For more information about Stinson Leonard Street, visit us at www.stinson.com.

UMKC Law Faculty Opening

The University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law seeks a faculty member who will have primary responsibility for supervision of its externships. The position will include teaching responsibilities in doctrinal courses and/or clinical supervision of students. In addition, the position will have some responsibility for oversight and/or facilitation of other experiential learning initiatives, such as a 1L live-client experience, service learning attached to doctrinal courses, adoption of best practices in externships and clinical education, and development of professional identity. This is a long-term contract eligible (non-tenure track) faculty position.

The School of Law seeks applications from those with a strong commitment to educating lawyers for the twenty-first century and who desire to join a collegial, innovative, collaborative community. We are particularly interested in candidates with the ability to establish and maintain strong community ties and with experience in managing legal collaborations, supervising legal work of others, mentoring, and teaching in formal and informal settings. The school has some flexibility regarding the subject-matter expertise of candidates, but the ability to contribute in entrepreneurship, litigation/advocacy, child and family law, intellectual property law, urban or environmental law or the prosecution-side of criminal law would be beneficial.

UMKC is the urban law school of the University of Missouri System and is located on a beautiful landscaped campus in the Country Club Plaza area of Kansas City, Missouri.  It is the only law school in a diverse and vibrant metropolitan area of more than two million people and offers courses leading to J.D. or LL.M. degrees for approximately 500 students.  It benefits from its metropolitan location, the presence of 150 federal agencies, a large and academically talented pool of student applicants, a strong university with opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration, a dedicated faculty and staff, and strong community and alumni support.

UMKC is an equal access, equal opportunity, affirmative action employer that is fully committed to achieving a diverse faculty and staff. The university will recruit and employ qualified personnel and will provide equal opportunities during employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, status as a protected veteran or status as a qualified individual with a disability. To request ADA accommodations, please call the Director of Affirmative Action at 816-235-1323.

Applicants must apply through the UMKC’s Human Resources website: http://www.umkc.edu/hr/career-opportunities/default.asp.

Inquiries may be directed to:

Associate Dean Jeffrey E. Thomas, Chair

Appointments Subcommittee

UMKC School of Law

500 E. 52nd St.

Kansas City, MO 64110

thomasje@umkc.edu

KCMO Seeking Two Attorneys

The City of Kansas City is now seeking two attorneys, one full time and one part time. Please see details below

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ASSISTANT CITY ATTORNEY POSITIONS

The City of Kansas City, Missouri Law Department has one open position in its Litigation Division and anticipates one additional position, subject to budget approval around May 1st.  The City plans to use this recruitment for both positions.  The starting salary is $58,176 per year plus excellent benefits.   Please apply at www.kcmo.gov/careers or by going directly to:  https://psweb.kcmo.org/psp/ps/MOBILE/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM.HRS_CE.GBL?Page=HRS_CE_JOB_DTL&Action=A&JobOpeningId=505668&SiteId=1&PostingSeq=1

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LITIGATION ATTORNEY POSITIONS:  One position in the Tort Litigation Division at the Assistant City Attorney level is available with one additional position potentially available on May 1, 2016 in the Collections Unit.  The available position will be assigned to tort litigation and workers compensation.  The attorney will appear as first chair before state and federal courts, including jury and bench trials. The attorney will be responsible for the case from the initial filing of the petition or complaint, through the appeals stage. The attorney may work with legal investigators and paralegals to investigate the case, prepares all pleadings, engages in discovery, and works the case through trial and beyond as appropriate. The attorney will meet with department personnel in preparing and trying cases.  The attorney will also serve as second chair in cases handled by other attorneys in the section.

The attorney will also defend workers’ compensation claims brought against the City and the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department.  Responsibilities include the investigation of claims, review of medical records, deposition taking and other forms of discovery.  The attorney will appear before the Administrative Law Judges at the Missouri Division of Workers’ Compensation for conferences, mediations, and hearings.

Additionally, one new position may become available effective May 1, 2016.  This new position will represent the City in collection cases for the Finance Department and other City departments.  The attorney will appear as first chair before state and federal courts, including jury and bench trials in relatively less complex cases. Although emphasizing collections, the attorney may be involved in any matter of litigation by or against the City as assigned. Individuals interested in the potential Collections Unit position should apply to this recruitment because the City plans to use this recruitment for both positions.

All attorneys hired will have the opportunity for career advancement and to handle more complex litigation and different types of litigation as they gain more experience.

(Assistant City Attorney – Job Opening ID #505668).

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Candidates must submit an on-line application at kcmo.gov/careers.  Along with the application, a cover letter, a resume, and Law School Transcript must be submitted.  Class rank should be contained in one of these three documents.  Interviewees will need three references and a writing sample.

Non-residents, if appointed, must establish residency within the city limits of Kansas City, MO within nine months of appointment. The City of Kansas City, Missouri is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse workforce.  Application deadline:  March 14, 2016.

DESCRIPTION OF THE LAW DEPARTMENT

The City of Kansas City, Missouri Law Department is comprised of fifty attorneys and twenty support staff.  The Office of the City Attorney provides legal services to the Mayor, the City Council, City Manager, boards, commissions and all of the departments of the City. The City Attorney is appointed by the City Manager to manage the legal affairs of the City. The Office operates through three divisions: Tort Litigation/Workers’ Compensation/Claims/Collections (“Tort Litigation Division”); Corporate Legal Services/Corporate Litigation; and the Prosecutor’s Office.

The Tort Litigation Division represents the City in personal injury cases, tax collection, other collection matters, and workers’ compensation cases. One attorney also manages the Office’s claims division. Two investigators work much as adjusters work for a private insurance company. These attorneys regularly appear in state and federal trial courts as well as the appeals courts.

The Corporate Legal Services/Corporate Litigation Division gives advice to every department of the City on legal issues they confront.  The attorneys draft ordinances introduced by the Mayor, members of the City Council, the City Manager or department directors. Corporate attorneys also concentrate their efforts in a wide variety of areas including contracts, construction, real estate, housing, election issues, regulated industries, utilities, land use, tax, civil rights, personnel, labor, aviation, environmental, utilities, municipal finance, and telecommunications law. They also represent the City and its employees in contract, constitutional, civil rights (including employment discrimination) and administrative litigation.

The Prosecutor’s Office prosecutes all Municipal Court offenses including cases heard by the Housing Court, Domestic Violence Court, Drug Court, and other specialty courts.  The Prosecutor’s Office also handles all Municipal Court appeals, trains city employees who appear regularly in Municipal Court, and suggests changes to ordinances that are frequently prosecuted in Municipal Court.  The Prosecutor’s Office is “paperless”.

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ASSISTANT CITY ATTORNEY POSITION

(PART-TIME)

 

The City of Kansas City, Missouri Law Department has one part-time (approximately 18 hours per week) position in the Domestic Violence Unit of the City Prosecutor’s Office at the Assistant City Attorney level.  The hourly pay  is $27.97.  Please apply at www.kcmo.gov/careers or by going directly to:

https://psweb.kcmo.org/psp/ps/MOBILE/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM.HRS_CE.GBL?Page=HRS_CE_JOB_DTL&Action=A&JobOpeningId=505683&SiteId=1&PostingSeq=1

 

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PROSECUTOR’S OFFICE POSITION:  A part-time (approximately 18 hours per week) prosecutor position in the Domestic Violence Unit of the City Prosecutor’s Office at the Assistant City Attorney level is available.  The attorney will work under the direct supervision of the Domestic Violence Program Director with a team of prosecutors, domestic violence victim assistants and court advocates.  This position is a grant funded position with documentation requirements, and is currently funded through December 2017.  Funding is likely to continue, but is not guaranteed.  The part-time prosecutor will be primarily responsible for reviewing domestic violence and child abuse cases submitted on the Warrant Review Docket and contacting victims/witnesses if more information is needed.  Additionally, duties could include assisting with prosecuting domestic violence and child abuse cases heard on the Domestic Violence Court Docket and trial de novo appeals docket.  (Assistant City Attorney – Job Opening ID #505683).

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Candidates must submit an on-line application at kcmo.gov/careers.  Along with the application, a cover letter, a resume, and Law School Transcript must be submitted.  Class rank should be contained in one of these three documents.  Interviewees will need to provide three references and a writing sample.

Non-residents, if appointed, must establish residency within the city limits of Kansas City, MO within nine months of appointment. The City of Kansas City, Missouri is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse workforce.  Application deadline:  March 14, 2016.

DESCRIPTION OF THE LAW DEPARTMENT

The City of Kansas City, Missouri Law Department is comprised of fifty attorneys and twenty support staff.  The Office of the City Attorney provides legal services to the Mayor, the City Council, City Manager, boards, commissions and all of the departments of the City. The City Attorney is appointed by the City Manager to manage the legal affairs of the City. The Office operates through three divisions: Tort Litigation/Workers’ Compensation/Claims/Collections; Corporate Legal Services/Corporate Litigation; and the Prosecutor’s Office.

The Tort Litigation/Workers’ Compensation/Claims/Collections Division represents the City in personal injury cases, tax collection, other collection matters, and workers’ compensation cases. One attorney also manages the Office’s claims division. Two investigators work much as adjusters work for a private insurance company. These attorneys regularly appear in state and federal trial courts as well as the appeals courts.

The Corporate Legal Services/Corporate Litigation Division gives advice to every department of the City on legal issues they confront.  The attorneys draft ordinances introduced by the Mayor, members of the City Council, the City Manager or department directors. Corporate attorneys also concentrate their efforts in a wide variety of areas including contracts, construction, real estate, housing, election issues, regulated industries, utilities, land use, tax, civil rights, personnel, labor, aviation, environmental, utilities, municipal finance, and telecommunications law. They also represent the City and its employees in contract, constitutional, civil rights (including employment discrimination) and administrative litigation.

The Prosecutor’s Office prosecutes all Municipal Court offenses including cases heard by the Housing Court, Domestic Violence Court, Drug Court, and other specialty courts.  The Prosecutor’s Office also handles all Municipal Court appeals, trains city employees who appear regularly in Municipal Court, and suggests changes to ordinances that are frequently prosecuted in Municipal Court.  The Prosecutor’s Office is “paperless”.

Stinson Leonard Street Seeks Construction Law Associate

Stinson Leonard Street is now looking for a Construction Law Associate. Here is the description:

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Construction Law Associate, Kansas City, MO

Stinson Leonard Street LLP (www.stinson.com) is seeking an Associate with two to four years of experience to join the Construction Law practice group in our Kansas City office.

Qualifications Required: Juris Doctor and active Missouri attorney license is required. Qualified candidates will have two to four years of litigation experience. Construction law experience is highly desirable and an interest in developing a construction practice is required. The candidate must possess excellent academic credentials and have strong writing, analytical, organizational, and communication skills.

Please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample and a copy of your law school transcript by e-mail to:

Pa Houa Xiong
Recruiting & Diversity Coordinator Stinson Leonard Street
150 South Fifth Street, Suite 2300 Minneapolis, MN 55402 Recruiting@stinson.com

To Apply:

Stinson Leonard Street is an EEO employer. We encourage qualified minority, female, veteran and disabled candidates to apply to be considered for open positions. We offer a competitive compensation and benefits package. We conduct criminal background checks of all individuals offered employment.

For more information about Stinson Leonard Street, visit  www.stinson.com.

UMKC Mock Trial Competition Seeks Volunteer Judges Feb. 20 & 21

UMKC is currently looking for volunteer judges to help out with an upcoming mock trial competition. The sessions are as follows:
Saturday, February 20, 2016:
Round I: begins at 9:00 am and will run until 12:30/1 pm Round II: begins at  2:00 pm and will run until 5:30/6 pm

Sunday, February 21, 2016:
Round III:  begins at 9:00 am and will run until 12:30/1 pm Round IV: begins at  2:00 pm and will run until 5:30/6 pm

If you are interested and able to help out, please contact Irene Downs at idhtc@umkc.edu or at 816-308-8138.

KC LEGAL Endorses Adam Brown for Family Court Commissioner!

KC LEGAL is glad to announce its support for one of our own members, Adam Brown, as he seeks a position as a Family Court Commissioner for Circuit 16. Mr. Brown possesses all of the necessary qualities for the position and will work dutifully to provide equal justice. He will be an asset to the Court and the first openly gay man on the bench in Kansas City.  Good luck, Adam!

OPENING: Experienced Attorney, U.S. Attorney’s Office for Wichita, KS

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Kansas is accepting applications from experienced attorneys to fill an Assistant U.S. Attorney position in the Civil Division of the office’s Wichita, Kansas office.
Justice seeks to attract, retain, and promote individuals of exceptional ability and talent from all walks of life. The work environment and atmosphere is open, diverse, collegial, and inclusive. There are active affinity groups for African-American; Asian-American; Hispanic; lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT); and Native American employees, which are open to all DOJ employees regardless of background. Justice fosters a work environment where people of all backgrounds and experiences may reach their full potential.
Thank you for your help in disseminating this vacancy announcement.  This and other attorney vacancy announcements can be found at: http://www.justice.gov/legal-careers/attorneys-vacancies.

USAO District of Kansas
Attorney
301 N Main, Suite 1200
Wichita, KS 67202
United States
16-KS-1600886-AUSA-01

About the Office: The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Kansas includes three offices which are located in Kansas City, Topeka, and Wichita, Kansas. This position is located in the Wichita, Kansas office.
Our mission is to protect the citizens of the district of Kansas from terrorism, crime and unlawful discrimination, to enforce federal laws and advance the interests of the United States government, to provide Federal leadership and serve as a catalyst for improving law enforcement through training and public education, and to perform our duties with integrity, professionalism and respect for the citizens we serve.

Job Description: Assistant United States Attorneys in the Civil Division have the opportunity to perform an important public service by representing the interests of the United States of America in all civil actions brought by or against the United States in both federal and state courts of law. In so doing, Assistant United States Attorneys immediately undertake responsibility for a high volume of litigation in a wide-range of practice areas. The areas of responsibility include, but are not limited to, actions on promissory notes, foreclosure cases, bankruptcy cases, social security cases, Bivens actions, actions brought by individuals in federal custody, actions brought under the Freedom of Information Act, actions seeking review of administrative actions of federal agencies, and actions to defend or enforce subpoenas. In addition, each attorney is assigned to one or more defensive specialization in the areas of medical malpractice, employment discrimination, administrative procedures litigation, prisoner litigation, and personal injury tort litigation. The attorney selected for this position will be assigned, in addition to the above mentioned areas of responsibility, to and area of defensive litigation with an emphasis on medical malpractice defense.
Qualifications:
Required Qualifications:

Applicants must possess a J.D. Degree, be an active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction), and have at least 1 year post-J.D. legal or other relevant experience, and must have demonstrated computer literacy skills, to include experience with automated research on the Internet, electronic mail and word processing systems.

United States citizenship is required.

Preferred Qualifications: Applicants should possess superior oral and written communications skills and should demonstrate incisive analytical ability, excellent judgment, and strong litigation skills. Applicants should be capable of managing complex, document intensive cases.

You must meet all qualification requirements upon the closing date of this announcement.

Salary:
Assistant United States Attorney’s pay is administratively determined based, in part, on the number of years of professional attorney experience. The range of basic pay is $45,932 to $135,519 plus 14.35% locality pay – Kansas.
Travel:
1 to 5 nights of travel required per month.
Application Process:
Applications may be submitted online through the following link https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/426633300. The deadline to apply is February 8, 2016. If unable to apply online, the announcement provides instructions on faxing your documents in the “How to Apply” tab.

If you have questions: Feel free to contact Amy Ayala Hall, Human Resources Officer, at 316-269-6548 or amy.ayala@usdoj.gov

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Application Deadline: Monday, February 8, 2016
Relocation Expenses: Not authorized.
Number of Positions: 1
Updated January 27, 2016
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Department Policies
Equal Employment Opportunity:  The U.S. Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity/Reasonable Accommodation Employer.  Except where otherwise provided by law, there will be no discrimination because of color, race, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability (physical or mental), age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as a parent, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, on the basis of personal favoritism, or any other non-merit factor.  The Department of Justice welcomes and encourages applications from persons with physical and mental disabilities. The Department is firmly committed to satisfying its affirmative obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, to ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advanced on the basis of merit within the Department of Justice.

Reasonable Accommodations:  This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency.  Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Outreach and Recruitment for Qualified Applicants with Disabilities:   The Department encourages qualified applicants with disabilities, including individuals with targeted/severe disabilities to apply in response to posted vacancy announcements.  Qualified applicants with targeted/severe disabilities may be eligible for direct hire, non-competitive appointment under Schedule A (5 C.F.R. § 213.3102(u)) hiring authority.  Individuals with targeted/severe disabilities are encouraged to register for the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Shared List of People with Disabilities (the Bender Disability Employment Registry) by submitting their resume to resume@benderconsult.com

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and referencing “Federal Career Opportunities” in the subject line.  Additional information about the Bender Registry is available at www.benderconsult.com [external link].  Individuals with disabilities may also contact one of the Department’s Disability Points of Contact (DPOC).  See list of DPOCs.
Suitability and Citizenship:  It is the policy of the Department to achieve a drug-free workplace and persons selected for employment will be required to pass a drug test which screens for illegal drug use prior to final appointment.  Employment is also contingent upon the completion and satisfactory adjudication of a background investigation. Only U.S. citizens are eligible for employment with the Executive Office for Immigration Review and the United States Attorneys’ Offices. Unless otherwise indicated in a particular job advertisement, non-U.S. Citizens may apply for employment with other organizations, but should be advised that appointments of non-U.S. Citizens are extremely rare; such appointments would be possible only if necessary to accomplish the Department’s mission and would be subject to strict security requirements.  Applicants who hold dual citizenship in the U.S. and another country will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Veterans:  There is no formal rating system for applying veterans’ preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of Justice considers veterans’ preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans’ preference must include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., the DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty and other supporting documentation) to their submissions. Although the “point” system is not used, per se, applicants eligible to claim 10-point preference must submit Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and submit the supporting documentation required for the specific type of preference claimed (visit the OPM website, www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf for a copy of SF 15, which lists the types of 10-point preferences and the required supporting document(s). Applicants should note that SF 15 requires supporting documentation associated with service- connected disabilities or receipt of nonservice-connected disability pensions to be dated 1991 or later except in the case of service members submitting official statements or retirement orders from a branch of the Armed Forces showing that his  or her retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that he/she was transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more).

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This and other vacancy announcements can be found under Attorney Vacancies and Volunteer Legal Internships. The Department of Justice cannot control further dissemination and/or posting of information contained in this vacancy announcement. Such posting and/or dissemination is not an endorsement by the Department of the organization or group disseminating and/or posting the information.

Honorable H. Michael Coburn Community Service Award

The Award

This award was created in 1995 as part of Legal Aid’s 30th anniversary celebration. Legal Aid represents thousands of individuals annually with problems such as domestic violence, which were of great concern to the late Judge H. Michael Coburn.

In addition to working for reform in the criminal justice system as it relates to domestic violence, Judge Coburn was committed to a wide range of community and civic causes. Legal Aid created an award in his memory to pay tribute to a member of the bar whose public service activities merit recognition. The recipient will be an example that may inspire others in the profession of law to noble purpose and honorable effort in service to their community.

Qualifications

  •  Current member of the Missouri Bar practicing in the Jackson County area.
  • Demonstrated, in the spirit of Legal Aid, outstanding service to advancing the administration of justice in the Jackson County area.
  • Outstanding service to the community with a particular emphasis on volunteer activity and leadership outside of work for bar associations.

 The Procedure

The nomination form, along with appropriate supporting materials is below.  Applications must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 13, 2015 to The Coburn Community Service Award Committee, c/o Legal Aid of Western Missouri, 1125 Grand Avenue, Suite 1900, Kansas City, Missouri, 64106.  Applications may also be submitted on-line to glombardi@lawmo.org.  Any questions should be directed by e-mail to Gregg Lombardi at glombardi@lawmo.org.

Click Here for the Nomination Form

In memoriam: Tamara Dominguez

Last month our community bore witness to an horrific crime against humanity perpetrated on Tamara Dominguez, a woman born with a sex-determinative chromosomal combination of XY.  After Tamara’s slaying supporters gathered in mourning to lend support to her friends and family and rallied in defense of trans rights. Individuals theorized over social and news media that the crime was motivated by rage when Tamara’s client discovered “she was actually a man,” particularizing and isolating intellectually the situation to make themselves and others feel more at ease. “Why was she working as a prostitute?” “Why was she in such a dangerous part of the city at night?” “Doesn’t she have a duty to tell her John upfront she was trans?” “Serves her right.”  Blaming-the-vicitm conversations abound.

Other questions should be asked.  What do we need to do to better inform people that gender and sex are different?  What does it say about our society that Tamara, a beautiful woman, was relegated to work as a prostitute rather than able to find meaningful employ in a different field?  Why is this crime not discussed first as a crime against humanity, and then treated with particularity?  What prevents us from seeing Tamara’s humanity first?  How can we make our cities safer?  Where do we go from here?

If you or a loved one is the victim of violence, please reach out to the Kansas City Anti-Violence Project, the Kansas City Police Department or any of the numerous resources available in our community. If you’re an undocumented or out of status immigrant, do not be afraid to approach law enforcement; in fact, U-Visas are available to you to help you legitimize your status in the country if you make a police report and cooperate with authorities in solving the crime.  Working together, we can all help to make our society safer, more aware, more vigilant, and more peaceful.

Rest in peace, Tamara.