Sidra Vitale, Esq.: Immigration

Attorney Sidra Vitale graduated from the University of California, Irvine, with a bachelor of science degree in Physics with a Concentration in Astrophysics in 1995. After a decade as a software engineer, she turned to law and received her J.D. cum laude from New England School of Law (now New England Law | Boston) in 2007. She served as an intern with the Executive Office of Environmental and Energy Affairs, the American Wind Energy Association, and the Environmental Protection Division of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office. She also served as Lead Article Editor for the New England Journal on Civil and Criminal Confinement.

Attorney Vitale was appointed to a one-year post-graduate fellowship at New England Law | Boston in 2007, where she represented residents of Brockton and West Bridgewater opposed to development of a dual-fuel power plant near their local schools and senior housing. For her work, she was honored as Pro Bono Advocate of the Year by environmental and social justice organization Alternatives for Community and Environment.

Attorney Vitale currently practices immigration law, with a focus on immigrant visas based on family connections, U and T visas for immigrant victims of crimes or human trafficking, adjustment of status, removal defense, including cancellation, NACARA, and asylum, as well as temporary protected status, special immigrant juvenile status, deferred action (including DACA or “Dream Act” cases and DAPA), prosecutorial discretion, and protection for abused immigrant spouses under the Violence Against Women Act.

Attorney Vitale is an adjunct professor of legal research and writing at New England Law | Boston. She volunteers her legal services pro bono through Kids in Need of Defense to indigent immigrant minors seeking Special Immigrant Juvenile status.

Attorney Vitale is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the American Bar Association, the Massachusetts Bar Association, the Boston Bar Association, and the Women’s Bar Association. She is admitted to practice law in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the District of Columbia, and before the First Circuit Court of Appeals.

Publications:

Immigration Equality: How DOMA’s Repeal Affected Immigration, 48 New Eng. L. Rev. On Remand 7 (2013)
Western State Transmission or Infrastructure Authorities: An Overview, American Wind Energy Association (2006)
Western Wind-Rich States and Potential Markets for Wind, American Wind Energy Association (2006)

Contact her directly at sidra@affordablelawma.com.

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