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Mendel, Lisa D.








Lisa joined the firm in 2014 and focuses her practice on asylum, withholding of removal and protection under the convention against torture, special immigrant juvenile status, and removal defense, including appeals to the Board of Immigration Appeals and Federal Courts. When not working on her cases, Lisa enjoys spending time with her family, music, hiking and traveling. She is proficient in Spanish. 

Areas Of Practice

  • Immigration

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 2014
  • Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR), 2014
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 2015
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of New York, 2019
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit, 2002
  • Massachusetts, 2001
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 2020


  • Suffolk University Law School, Boston, Massachusetts
    • J.D. - 2000
    • Honors: cum laude
  • Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island
    • B.A. with Honors

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)


  • Adjunct Professor of Law, Albany Law School: U.S. Refugee and Asylum Law, Spring 2020
  • Asylum, Withholding of Removal and Protection Under the Convention Against Torture, Presenter, Albany, NY, for the New York Immigration Coalition., December 2017 and September 2018
  • Client Interviewing, Presenter, Albany, NY, for the New York Immigration Coalition, September 2015
  • Columbia Graduate School of Education, Presenter, Indigenous Peoples Conference, Asylum and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, presenter, New York, NY, January 2017
  • Training for Pro Bono Attorneys for Guardianship in Family Court for Cases involving Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, Presenter, with Sarah Rogerson and Mary Armistead, The Legal Project, Albany, NY, March 2017

Honors And Awards

  • 2016 Recipient of the Kurt Clobridge Memorial Award for Pro Bono Service, The Legal Project
  • Suffolk Journal of Trial & Appellate Advocacy, 1998-2000 (Executive Board and Moot Court Honor Board McLaughlin Appellate Advocacy Competition Director, 1999-2000).
  • Suffolk University Law School Jurisprudence Award: highest grade in Corporations, 1998

Professional Associations And Memberships

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Capital District Women's Bar Association
  • Capital Region Immigration Collaborative
  • National Immigration Litigation Alliance
  • Immigrant Advocates Response Collaborative

Pro Bono Activities

  • Safe Passage Project since 2015
  • Legal Project Pro Bono since 2014
  • Teaching for New York Immigration Coalition 2015, 2017, 2018