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Crimmigration (Zoom Program)

Thursday, May 19, 2022|5:30 pm - 7:00 pm EDT

*This program has been moved to Zoom*


Immigration law is no longer confined to immigration courts. Many defendants who come before you are non-citizens, and the resulting convergence of immigration and criminal law presents practical implications for judges across the Commonwealth. The panelists will provide an overview of the current law, and demonstrate through examples of concepts in a real-world context how the law empowers judges to ensure that relevant immigration issues are handled as successfully as possible. Particular emphasis will be placed on the plea stage of a case and in the event a Motion for New Trial is before you, ways to effectively ensure justice is done.


Hon. Maureen O’Sullivan
Immigration Judge, Boston Immigration Court

Hon. Lynn C. Rooney
Associate Justice, District Court

Rachel M. Self, P.C.

Wendy Wayne
Director of the Immigration Impact Unit, Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS)

Hon. Maureen O’Sullivan

Attorney General Eric Holder appointed Judge O’Sullivan in October 2010. Judge O’Sullivan received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1978 from the University of California at Los Angeles, a juris doctorate in 1981 from Antioch School of Law and a master of law degree in 1986 from Harvard University. From 1990 to October 2010, she was partner in Kaplan, O’Sullivan & Friedman in Boston, Mass. From 1986 to 1989, Judge O’Sullivan was in private practice in Boston. From 1982 to 1985, she served as director, National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild, Boston. From 1981 to 1982, she was in private practice in Washington, D.C. From 1980 to 1981, Judge O’Sullivan was a staff member of the Select Commission on Immigration and Refugee Policy in Washington, D.C. She has worked intermittently as an adjunct professor at various law schools since 1987. Judge O’Sullivan is a member of the Massachusetts Bar and the State Bar of California.

Hon. Lynn C. Rooney

Judge Lynn C. Rooney was appointed to the bench on June 1, 2006 and has been the Presiding Justice of the Lawrence District Court since 2013. She is a Co-Chair of the District Court Committee on Continuing Education, the Chair of the Committee for New Judge Training and a member of the Advisory Board for the J2J Mentoring Program. Prior to her appointment, she worked in the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office for sixteen years, prosecuting homicides and serious child sexual and physical abuse cases. While in the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, she served as the Deputy First Assistant District Attorney and the Chief of the Family Protection Unit and handled several high profile cases, including the sexual abuse prosecutions of former priests Paul Shanley and John Geoghan, the homicide prosecution of Louise Woodward, and the Fells Acre Daycare cases. She is a cum laude graduate of Boston College Law School, a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Rachel M. Self, P.C.

Rachel M. Self is the founding member of Rachel M. Self, P.C., and appears regularly as a legal analyst for the Fox News Channel and CNN. Attorney Self represents individuals in criminal and immigration matters. The firm specializes in criminal trial work, family immigration, citizenship, deportation defense, and post-conviction relief.

Rachel has been selected by Boston Magazine and Superlawyers as a top immigration attorney from 2009-2021 and has recently been honored for the tenth year in a row by The National Trial Lawyers: Top Trial Lawyers. She is regularly asked to teach and speak on both criminal and immigration issues. She has taught advanced immigration and crimmigration seminars for the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Massachusetts Bar Association and the New Hampshire Judicial Education Program. She has also taught at New England Law Boston. She is rated “Superb,” the highest possible ranking, by Avvo, a national attorney rating service and was awarded with the Client’s Choice award for 2013-2021. Rachel is fluent in Spanish, and has a broad base of knowledge in international and cross-cultural issues. Rachel loves spending her spare time in her vegetable garden with her dogs and her chickens.

Wendy Wayne

Wendy Wayne is an expert in immigration enforcement within the criminal justice system and in the interplay of immigration and criminal law. She is the founder and Director of the Immigration Impact Unit at the Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS), the Massachusetts public defender agency, where she provides training and advice to court appointed attorneys throughout Massachusetts and engages in systemic impact litigation. She is a frequent speaker at state and national conferences. Prior to becoming an immigration expert, she was a trial attorney at CPCS representing individuals charged with serious felonies. Wendy is the former Chair of the American Bar Association Commission on Immigration and currently sits on its Advisory Committee. She previously served on the Department of Homeland Security Advisory Council Task Force on Secure Communities, the Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission and the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.


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Thursday, May 19, 2022
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm EDT
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