Helping abused, neglected or abandoned migrant children from Central America receive protection and permanent residence in the United States earned Vidula Patki accolade from The Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project. The nonprofit organization honored her as its Children’s Pro Bono Attorney of the Year, recognizing her hard work and unwavering commitment to ensuring immigrants have access to counsel.
Vidula has volunteered with the Florence Project since 2013. Dedicated to the organization’s mission, she has worked on asylum cases for adults in addition to helping children receive Special Immigrant Juvenile Status. She also works to reunify migrant children with any family members living in the country.
“As the only organization in Arizona that provides truly free legal and social services to detained men, women and children who face the threat of deportation, The Florence Project does the important work of ensuring they receive the support and resources they need both legally and socially,” Vidula said. “I believe every society is judged on how it treats the most vulnerable individuals, which to me, are the individuals that the Florence Project serves.”
In addition to her pro bono work, Vidula handles complex commercial disputes, appeals, eminent domain claims and bankruptcy matters for Coppersmith Brockelman clients. She represents clients at both the trial court and appellate level and is recognized among the Southwest Super Lawyers Rising Stars.