We are committed to providing services to members of the community who are either unable to access traditional legal services due to linguistic or cultural barriers, or are unable to pay for services.
Our commitment to community service includes:
- FREE REPRESENTATION: We as a law firm, and a team, take great pride in accepting a certain number of cases every year where we provide services to individuals unable to pay for lawyer fees. We routinely accept representation pro bono on roughly 6-8 separate cases requiring at least 50-100 hours of work per case. These cases are generally for victims of violence (U-Visa); Applications for Political Asylum (generally children fleeing violence in South and Central America) and individuals seeking refuge from countries where they have either been subjected to torture or are afraid of being subjected to torture if returned.
COMMUNITY SEMINARS We, as a team, love working with community organizations and traditional groups like houses of worship in organizing and conducting free seminars and information sessions on immigration issues of concern to the larger immigrant community in the greater Seattle area. In the past, we have organized and conducted free information sessions on various Immigration related matters for newly resettled refugees, newly arriving immigrants, and low income communities. If you would like us to address immigration issues you/your community faces, please feel free to contact us.
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Kripa Upadhyay, the founder and principal attorney at Orbit Law, serves on various Boards and Committees. Currently serving on the Board of the South Asian Bar Association of Washington (SABAW), she also serves as a member of the Law Alumni Board at Seattle University School of Law, and as a Member of the Joint Asian Judicial Evaluations Committee (JAJEC) She was previously appointed to serve a two-year term on the Washington State Bar Association’s Committee for Diversity.
DEVELOPING A NEW GENERATION OF IMMIGRANT LEADERS: Kripa is a co-founder and active volunteer with Running Peaceful (www.runningpeaceful.org), a 501(c)(3) registered non-profit. Designed to provide ongoing mentorship and youth leadership development to youth, the program currently works with at risk, low income youth between the ages of 5-17.