Immigration Attorneys Teresa Finer and Natalia Gove Promote Legal Education in Central Florida, Help Honor Those Who Will Become U.S. Citizens

April 13, 2017

More than 75 Girl Scouts to participate in naturalization ceremony swearing in 40 new citizens from various countries.

Orlando, FL – In honor of the Orange County Bar Association’s (OCBA) annual celebration of Law Week, Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed is pleased to announce that attorney Teresa B. Finer, who heads the firm’s Immigration Group and immigration attorney Natalia Gove will coordinate a legal educational program for Girl Scouts of Citrus Council to attend and participate at a USCIS Naturalization ceremony.  The event will be held on Wednesday, April 19th at the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Orlando headquarters, located at 6680 Corporate Centre Blvd. 32822. The OCBA Law Week is a national Bar Association program that was developed to celebrate the rule of law in our society. Both Finer and Gove have participated on the OCBA Law Week committee for several years.

A mother to three girls, Finer developed the first legal program for the Girl Scouts of Citrus Council which focuses on immigration and the legal process to become a US citizen.  Forty new citizens are expected to be sworn in at the USCIS Orlando Field Office naturalization ceremony, and more than 75 Girl Scouts from troops in Orange and surrounding counties have been invited by USCIS to participate. During the past few months, Finer has met with leaders and Scouts from the troops to educate them about immigration law and the naturalization process. In order to receive a legal badge, the Girl Scouts must complete several projects in addition to attending the US naturalization ceremony. These projects were designed to teach the Scouts about the legal immigration process, respect for the flag, basic US civics, and the “rule of law” in the US legal system. 

The Scouts will meet in groups with government officers before the ceremony,  where they can ask questions about the legal immigration process and show off their own US civics knowledge. The ceremony will feature an all-girl flag Honor Guard, a middle school Scout speaker on the 14th Amendment, the Girl Scout Citrus Singers performing patriotic songs,  and representatives from the Orange County Bar Association.

In addition to their assigned duties at the ceremony, the Girl Scouts made pocket flags from small American flags that were defective, and could not be used by the government. The Girl Scouts plan to mail the flags to members of the military with a special note which reads "Here is a pocket flag, so you can always carry a little piece of home. We are praying for you, and we are so proud of you. Thank you for defending our country and our freedom." The Scouts will also hand out pocket flags with congratulatory notes to the new citizens. 

Finer is interested in promoting legal education to the Girl Scouts in the community. “Almost every student shot up a hand this year when I asked if they had heard about immigration in the news,” said Finer. “My goal here is to offer an experiential learning program about the legal immigration system.  It’s an exciting patriotic afternoon, a formal ceremony that they would not likely attend on their own, and a perfect teaching moment!”

For the past 30 years, Finer has assisted clients in the growing area of federal immigration law. Finer and Gove provide legal advice to corporate and individual clients seeking assistance in securing temporary work authorization for foreign nationals, US permanent residency and US citizenship. They represent clients throughout the US in filings with the US Department of Labor, US Citizenship and Immigration Services, and the Department of State's embassies and consular posts abroad. They are members of the American Immigration Lawyers' Association.

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