By Ally Tzovaras
Long after most of us have gone home on a Monday evening, IIIC volunteer attorney Eoin Reilly lingers in the Green Briar Pub in Brighton, not for a drink, but to offer free legal consultation to Boston’s immigrant community.
Eoin was integral in helping the IIIC establish drop-in legal clinics which provide pro bono services to hundreds of low-income immigrants from all over the world.
Now, Eoin’s 15 years of commitment and outstanding work with the IIIC has earned him the 2011 Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Pro Bono Legal Services’ Adams Pro Bono Publico Award.
The awards ceremony will be held on October 26 at 4:00 pm at the Seven Justice Courtroom, John Adams Courthouse, Pemberton Square, Boston. The event is open to the public and a reception in the Courthouse immediately follows the ceremony.
The co-recipients this year are Mr. Reilly and Kerry Doyle.
An attorney at Iandoli and Desai, PC, Eoin’s interest in immigration law began with helping refugees fleeing the civil wars in Central America. His second impetus was more personal. Working as a house painter while in law school, his co-workers were mainly immigrants. At a party one night the police arrived and arrested everyone. A number of his friends were deported. His frustration led him to specialize in immigration law.
“I have always felt that fighting for immigrant rights is fighting the “good fight”… people have the undeniable right to migrate.” he said.
“The IIIC is what Sister Lena [Deevy] and I always dreamed it would be: a multi-cultural immigrant rights organization where being a world citizen is really what it is about.”
Congratulations to Eoin and Kerry from all the staff, board members and volunteers of the Irish International Immigrant Center.