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
SUSAN CHURCH is a trial and appellate attorney focusing mainly on immigration law and criminal defense. She served for three years as a trial attorney for the New Hampshire Public Defenders Office and worked as an associate attorney at Salsberg & Schneider law firm from September of 1998 until November of 2005, where she specialized in immigration and nationality law.
In November 2005, Attorney Church left Salsberg & Schneider to establish Demissie & Church with her current partner, Attorney Derege Demissie.
Effectively combining her experience in immigration and criminal defense laws, Susan advocates for immigrants with criminal convictions facing deportation and immigrants seeking immigration benefits in the United States.
In 2001, Susan received the “Detention Panel Attorney of the Year” award from the Political Asylum Immigrant Representation project. She is also a frequent lecturer at Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education programs and has appeared as a guest commentator on national television and radio.
In addition to a busy criminal and immigration practice, Susan previously served as the Co-Chair of the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild and regularly conducts “know your rights” seminars at community centers and various immigrant advocacy groups.
Susan is a member of the Massachusetts and New Hampshire State bars.