Staff Attorney, Immigration Practice
Michelle Assad earned her J.D. from American University Washington College of Law (WCL) in May 2013. Michelle was awarded a post-graduate fellowship to work with Kids In Need of Defense (KIND) in NYC, a non-profit organization that assists unaccompanied immigrant children find pro bono attorneys for their deportation cases. While in law school, Michelle also interned with KIND in Washington, D.C. and gained experience in Special Immigrant Juvenile Status cases. Michelle interned at the Arlington Immigration Court in Virginia and the Criminal Justice Coordinator’s Office at the Office of the Mayor of New York City. As a third year law student, Michelle was fortunate to have worked as a student attorney in WCL’s Immigrant Justice Clinic, where she represented a detained client in removal proceedings and succeeded in an asylum claim.
Michelle received her Bachelor’s Degree from New York University where she majored in Metropolitan Studies and first learned about New York’s criminal justice system through an internship with the Legal Aid Society in Queens. Michelle gained further experience in criminal law as a paralegal at the New York County District Attorney’s Office. Just before enrolling in law school, Michelle traveled to the Middle East to volunteer with an Iraqi children’s refugee program and to study Arabic. Michelle is a native New Yorker and is excited to work with the talented criminal defense attorneys at BDS in safeguarding clients from the negative immigration consequences of criminal convictions. Michelle is fluent in Spanish.