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The Undocumented Lawyer (2020)

Lizbeth Mateo is an attorney who swore to uphold the Constitution. She's also undocumented. When a client takes sanctuary in a church, Lizbeth's own experience guides their fight for justice.
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Lizbeth Mateo is an attorney in Los Angeles-one who started a law practice, hired four employees, and took an oath to uphold the U.S. constitution. She also has no legal right to be in the country. Lizbeth is undocumented. Since crossing the border at age 14, Lizbeth hasn't let her immigration status hold her back. Frustrated by a broken system, she's drawing from her own experiences to fight for immigrant rights in the streets and in the courts. Her latest client is Edith Espinal, a woman avoiding deportation by taking sanctuary in a church. As the months turn to years, Lizbeth is running out of legal options to help. Lizbeth returns to her activist roots and teaches Edith to fight back-because sometimes you need to ignore the law in order to change it.

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Awesome Short Film
20 August 2020 | by luchosltSee all my reviews

The Undocumented Lawyer was spectacular! As someone who studied politics and law, even I was shocked to learn that one can practice law as an undocumented lawyer. Following Lizbeth and her various struggles as an undocumented lawyer is truly a never before seen short and I highly recommend it to anyone who is looking to broaden their perspective and challenge their pre-existing views.

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15 April 2020 (USA) See more »

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