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Bar Admission: 2007 Massachusetts, Rhode Island (inactive)

Courts: Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, United States District Court of Massachusetts

Awards:

Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly Top Women of Law (2018)

Persistence Award, Progressive Needham (2017)

Accepted the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) New England Chapter Pro Bono Champion Award on behalf of the Boston Logan Airport and Litigation Team (2017)

 

Professional Associations: American Immigration Lawyers Association (2016-present), Suffolk

Lawyers for Justice (2017-present), Board Member of Northeastern University School of Law

Alumni/ae Association (2014-2017), Faculty Member of Women’s Bar Foundation/Women’s Bar Association Know Your Rights Program (2012-2014).

 

Heather Yountz is a trial and appellate attorney focusing mainly on immigration and criminal defense. She began her law career as a clerk for Justice Scott L. Kafker, currently an Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. Attorney Yountz next worked as an asylum attorney in the Immigration Unit at Greater Boston Legal Services. She then moved to private practice, where she handled a wide range of immigration relief including employment, family-based, and human rights cases. Heather Yountz has been at Demissie & Church since 2015, and her practice focuses on employing her civil and criminal litigation experience to provide the highest quality representation of immigrants, criminal defendants, and clients in other civil matters. She has been involved in several high-profile immigration cases including the class action civil lawsuit filed on behalf of children separated from their parents at the border, the reunification of Angelica Gonzalez-Garcia with her eight-year old daughter, and the Boston challenge to the Executive Order banning travel from seven Muslim-majority countries. In her daily work and volunteer experiences, Heather Yountz strives to establish lasting partnerships with other individuals in the legal, academic, government, and nonprofit communities. Before law school, Attorney Yountz worked for Habitat for Humanity International, where she co-created Youth United, the first national program targeting non-college youth, then she managed national service volunteers across a five-state region. Fluent in Spanish, Heather Yountz has spent a total of about two years traveling in Asia, Europe, South America, Central America and the Pacific. A mother of three, Attorney Yountz is active locally in Needham, Massachusetts.

Education:

-2007, J.D., Northeastern University School of Law - Public Interest Law Scholar, Governing Counsel

- 2000, B.A., English, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Robert E. Bryan Public Service Fellowship, Class of 1938 Scholarship

 

Panels and Speaking Engagements:

Panelist, American Medical Association International Medical Graduate Visa Discussion Series (January 2018); Featured Speaker, Needham Diversity Initiative Summit (November 2017); Keynote Speaker, Northeastern University School of Law Public Interest Law Scholarship Dinner (April 2017).

Heather Yountz was an Adjunct Professor of Law and Literature at Northeastern University School of Law, and she has given seminars and talks at Boston University Law School, Suffolk Law School, Progressive Massachusetts, and many local immigrant-serving organizations, churches, and political groups.