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Lisa D. Mendel

Lisa D. Mendel

Albany, New York

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 2014
  • Massachusetts, 2001
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit, 2002
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 2015


  • Suffolk University Law School, Boston, Massachusetts
    • J.D. cum laude - 2000
    • Honors: Suffolk Jurisprudence Award: highest grade in Corporations, 1998
    • Honors: Executive Board and Moot Court Honor Board McLaughlin Appellate Advocacy Competition Director, 1999-2000
    • Law Journal: Suffolk Journal of Trial & Appellate Advocacy, 1998-2000
  • Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island
    • B.A.
    • Honors: With Honors
    • Honors: Senior Honors Thesis: Warrior Spirit, Sacred Struggle, the American Indian Movement and the Occupation of Wounded Knee: In Pursuit of Justice and Self-Determination for Native American People

Published Works

  • Domestic Violence and Political Asylum: Recent Landmark Victories in the On-Going Struggle for U.S. Immigration Law to Recognize and Fully Protect Women’s Human Rights, Legal Services Journal, Empire Justice Center (2010)
  • Understanding Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, an Advocates Call to Action, Legal Services Journal, Empire Justice Center (2010)
  • The Court’s Failure to Recognize Deportation as Punishment: a Critical Analysis of Judicial Deference, 5 Suffolk J. Trial & App. Advoc. 205(2000)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Albany County Attorneys for Children, Panel Member
  • Safe Passage Project, Pro Bono Attorney
  • Capital District Women's Bar Association, Member
  • Immigration Pro Bono Panel, the Legal Project, Member
  • Capital Region Immigration Collaborative, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Empire Justice Center, Albany NY, 2012 - 2014
  • California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA, Office of Employment Equity and Faculty Recruitment, 2006 - 2008
  • Reitner & Stuart, San Luis Obispo, CA, Law Clerk, 2003 - 2004
  • Barker, Epstein and Loscocco, Boston, MA, Associate Attorney, 2000 - 2002
  • Barker, Epstein and Loscocco, Boston, MA, Legal Assistant, 1995 - 2000
  • International Institute of Boston, Boston, MA, Legal Assistant, 1993 - 1995

Pro Bono Activities

  • Safe Passage Project Attorney
  • Immigration Pro Bono Panel, The Legal Project

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