Susan Church

Bar Admission: Massachusetts, New Hampshire
Education: 1995, J.D., cum laude, Suffolk University Law School; Dean’s List, Best First Year Oral Advocate, Wyman Public Interest Law Student Award, Byrnes Public Interest Law Scholarship 1991, B.A., University of Massachusetts Amherst

Professional Affiliation: Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, American Immigration Lawyers Association of New England

Susan Church is a trial and appellate attorney focusing mainly on immigration law and criminal defense.  After graduating from Suffolk Law School, she worked as a public defender at the New Hampshire Public Defenders Office in Nashua and Orford New Hampshire.  Upon returning to Boston, Attorney Church worked as an associate attorney at Salsberg & Schneider law firm where she tried state and federal criminal cases, including first degree murder cases.  At the same time, Attorney Church began specializing in the intersection between immigration law and criminal law.

In 2001, Attorney Church received the “Detention Panel Attorney of the Year” award from the Political Asylum Immigrant Representation project.  In November 2005, Attorney Church established her own firm, Demissie & Church with her current partner, Attorney Derege Demissie.  At Demissie and Church, Attorney Church advocates for immigrants with criminal convictions facing deportation and immigrants seeking immigration benefits in the United States.

A longtime supporter of progressive political causes, she was named the Attorney of the Year by the National Lawyers Guild in 2014.  Attorney Church also successfully represented the “Occupy Boston” protestors as the lead attorney.  In 2015 she received the PAIR Project pro bono attorney of the year award.  From 2012-2018 she has served as a Board member of the American Immigration Lawyers’ Association of New England, taking the title of Chair in 2016-2017.

In 2017 Attorney Church successfully sued President Trump for his anti-immigrant travel and visa processing ban on Muslim immigrants from seven affected countries, obtaining a Temporary Restraining Order from the Federal District Court.  She is also a frequent lecturer at Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education programs, American Immigration Lawyers Association of New England, and Boston Bar Association and the Mass Bar Association.  Attorney Church has also appeared as a guest commentator on national television and radio.