Sandra Grossman is the Managing Partner and Founder of Grossman Law, LLC. She is an experienced immigration litigator, having successfully represented individuals in diverse aspects of immigration law before the immigration courts, Board of Immigration Appeals, and the Federal District Courts. Ms. Grossman represents clients in the area of deportation defense, detention and bond issues, the immigration consequences of criminal convictions, requests under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), waivers of inadmissibility, asylum, and adjustment of status and naturalization applications, among other matters. Her experience also includes representation of clients in lawsuits to prompt Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) action on long-delayed applications, including for naturalization, adjustment of status, waiver, and replacement green card applications. She is an adjunct associate professor in immigration law at the Washington College of Law, American University. Ms. Grossman publishes frequently on the topic of immigration law and is a member of the Editorial Board of Bender’s Immigration Bulletin. Ms. Grossman graduated from the Georgetown University Law Center (JD). She is a native Spanish and English speaker and is conversant in French.
Admissions/ Professional Memberships:
- Maryland State Bar Association (since 2005)
- District of Columbia Bar Association (inactive since 2009)
- U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland (since 2006)
- U.S. District and Bankruptcy Courts for the District of Columbia (since 2013)
- Maryland Court of Appeals (since 2005)
- American Immigration Lawyers Association (since 2005)
Professional Activities/Pro-Bono Work:
- Member, Asylum and Refugee Committee 2015-2016, for the American Immigration Lawyers Association.
- Member, Editorial Board of Benders Immigration Bulletin.
- Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) Pro Bono Project, through the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC). The BIA Pro Bono Appeals Project matches vulnerable immigrants with pro bono counsel to defend their cases before the BIA.
- Adjunct Professor, American University, Washington College of Law (WCL)
- Ms. Grossman is active within the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) as well as the Washington D.C. Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA DC). Within AILA National, Ms. Grossman is often invited to speak at the Annual National Conference on important issues in immigration law. Within the local DC Chapter, Ms. Grossman served on the nominating committee and as liaison to the Maryland State Bar Association. From June 2010 through June 2013, she served as the Washington D.C. Chapter's liaison to the Baltimore Office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE/OCC) and Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO).
- Ms. Grossman volunteered her time, through the AILA Coordinated Pro Bono Services Project, to serve detained immigrant women and children at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Facility in Artesia, New Mexio in 2014. See video snapshots taken at the detention facility here.
- Ms. Grossman regularly handles pro-bono client matters and offers reduced rate services for such organizations as the Maryland Immigrant Rights Coalition (MIRC), CASA de Maryland, Ayuda, and Identity.
- El tratamiento a veces vergonzoso en los aeropuertos de EEUU, Diario Las Americas (6 enero 2015).
- The U.S. Should Do More to Help Venezuelan Immigrants, The Huffington Post (May 5, 2014).
- Free Speech Crisis in Latin America: Making Use of the Inter-American and U.S. Asylum Law Systems for the Protection of the Rights of Journalists, Media Owners, and Whistleblowers, 19 Benders Immigration Bulletin 389 (Apr. 15, 2014) (with Rachel Zoghlin).
- It's not Romance, it's Immigration Law: Showing Actual and Good Faith Marriage, AILA DC Chaper 2012 Fall CLE Conferece (Nov. 13, 2013) (with Toni Maschler).
- Death of DOMA Revives the American Dream for Same-Sex Couples at Home and Abroad, The Huffington Post (June 30, 2013) (with Rachel Zoghlin).
- Ironic Choice of Asylum for Self-Proclaimed Government Critic, The Huffington Post (June 26, 2013).
- The Venezuelan Presidential Elections: Neither a "Perfect" nor a "Democratic" Battle, The Huffington Post (Oct. 10, 2012).
- Reward for the Oppressor - Injustice for the Oppressed?, The Huffington Post (May 10, 2012).
- Update on Asylum Law: New Hope for Victims of Domestic Violence, The Modern American, Volume 5, Issue 2, Fall 2009.
- Change of Course: Asylum Victories a Real Possibility for Victims of Domestic Violence, The American Bar Association, The International Lawyer, 2009.
Select Speaking Engagements:
- American Immigration Lawyers Association, 2016 Asylum CLE Conference, San Antonio, TX, Feb. 8, 2016, Speaker, "Dysfunction Junction: Surviving Asylum Processing Backlogs."
- American Immigration Lawyers Association, 2016 AILA Midwinter CLE, Paradise Island, Bahamas, Jan. 22, 2016, Speaker, "Creative and Ethical Strategies for Getting Past 'No.'"
- District of Columbia Bar Association, Immigration Law Practice Clinic: Family Based Immigration, August 13, 2015. Speaker.
- American Immigration Lawyers Association, Annual Conference, Washington, DC, June 2015. Panelist/Discussion Leader, "How to Deal with Impossible Visa Denials and Cancellations."
- District of Columbia Bar Association, Fundamentals of Immigration Law Series, April 28, 2015. Speaker, "Family Based Immigration."
- 18th Annual Hispanic Law Conference (Co-hosted by the National Hispanic Bar Association and the Washington College of Law, American University), Washington DC, April 2015. Panelist, "The Role of the Hispanic Communiy in Legal, Economic, Educational and Social Issues." See a full video of the panel discussion here.
- American Immigration Lawyers Association, June 18-21, 2014. Invited Speaker, "Grounds of Removability and Inadmissibility and How to Analyze Them."
- Federal Bar Association Asylum Conference, Feb. 21, 2014. Moderador, "Persecution by Non-Government Actors." With The Honorable Immigration Judge, Paul Schmidt, Arlington Immigration Court.
- American Immigration Lawyers Association, DC Chapter Fall Conference, Nov. 2013. Moderador, "Responding to Request for Further Evidence, Notices of Intent to Deny, and Denial Notices."
- Montgomery County Bar Association of Maryland, Oct. 2013. Speaker, "The End of Federal DOMA and the Effect on the States: Immigration and the Impact on a Newly Recognized Marriage."
- American Immigration Lawyers Association, Annual Conference, San Francisco, California, June 2013. Panelist, "The Wonders of your Web Site Revealed in One Hour."
- District of Columbia Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, Co-sponsored by Capitol Hill Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, Immigration Law Section of the Federal Bar Association, and the American Immigration Lawyers Association, DC Chapter, Oct. 31, 2012, Thurgood Marshall Federal Judicial Building. Panelist, "Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, Nuts and Bolts Seminar." With Stephen Legomsky, USCIS, Chief Counsel.
- American Immigration Lawyers Association, Solo & Small Practice CLE Conference and Webcast, Oct. 2012. Panelist, "Shiny Happy People: Attracting, Managing and Retaining the Best Staff."
- Catholic University, Columbus School of Law, Jan. 30, 2012. Panelist, Discussion on Prosecutorial Discretion in Immigration Context.
- American Immigration Lawyers Association, DC Chapter Fall Conference, Nov. 2011. Panelist, "Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Other Possible Remedies for Immigrant Youth."
- American Immigration Lawyers Association, DC Chapter Fall Conference, Nov. 2011. Panelist, "Preparing Winning Cases For Asylum, T & U Visas, and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status." With Angela Gipson, USCIS, Arlington Asylum Office & Susan Ritter, Victims Specialist, ICE/DHS & Liz Shields, KIND).
- American Immigration Lawyers Association, DC Chapter Fall Conference, Nov. 2011. Panelist, "Preparing Winning Asylum Cases before the USCIS and EOIR."
- American Immigration Lawyers Association, Solo & Small Practice CLE Conference and Webcast, Oct. 2011. Panelist, "Effective Marketing Practices for the Immigration Lawyer."
- American University, Washington College of Law (WCL), Lawyer Reentry Program, Oct. 2011. Speaker, "Starting Your Own Immigration Practice."
- American Immigration Lawyers Association, Model Hearing Program, February 5, 2010. Discussion Leader, "Introduction to Removal Proceedings."
- 2010 PATH Conference, Georgetown University Law Center (GULC), July 2010. Speaker, "More than Collateral Issues, Immigration Practice and Criminal Defense."
- American University, Washington College of Law, 12th Annual Hispanic Law Conference, “The Latino/a Agenda in the New Administration and the 111th Congress,” Thursday, March 5, 2009. Speaker, "“First 100 Days of the New Administration.” This panel, which included Dr. Emiliano Garcia Coso (University Pontificia School of Law), discussed the impact of the New Administration on pertinent issues to the Latino Community.
Ms. Grossman in the News:
Ms. Grossman featured in the Lexis Nexis Legal Newsroom after winning Cancellation of Removal for two Clients accused of making a false claim to citizenship. For more information, read this post on Lexis Nexis Newsroom (Oct. 16, 2013).
Read Ms. Grossman's article on delays in asylum adjudication, and the confessions of former Venezuelan Supreme Court Justice, Sr. Aponte-Aponte: Reward for the Oppressor -- Injustice for the Oppressed?, The Huffington Post (May 10, 2012).
Ms. Grossman is quoted in The Washington Post on Venezuelans seeking asylum in the United States: Obama's policy on Venezuela leaves Chavez's victims paying price, The Washington Post (Oct. 30, 2011).
Ms. Grossman is quoted in The New Republic on immigration enforcement and reform: Will Immigration Officers Continue to Undermine Obama's Reforms?, The New Republic (Nov. 2, 2011).
Ms. Grossman was frequently quoted in articles relating to Grossman Law client, Journalist Emilio Palacio. Ms. Grossman prepared Mr. Palacio's successful asylum claim, which was based on the political persecution he suffered in Ecuador, including a three-year jail sentence and a penalty of $40 million dollars for criticizing Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa:
- Free Speech in Ecuador has its Limits, The World (Aug. 31, 2012).
- Emilio Palacio Obtiene el Asilo Politico de EEUU, El Diario (Aug. 31, 2012).
- Emilio Palacio asegura que su asilo es un "respaldo a la libertad de expresion en Ecuador," Ultima Hora (Aug. 31, 2012).
- US Grants Asylum to Ecuadorean Journalist, Americas Quarterly (Aug. 31, 2012).
- EEUU orotga asilo a periodista ecuatoriano Emilio Palacio, El Nueva Herald (Aug. 31, 2012).
- Emilio Palacio anuncia que EEUU le otorgó asilo político, Hoy (Aug. 31, 2012).
- Ecuadorean journalist granted asylum in Miami, Reuters (Aug. 30, 2012).
- El periodista ecuatoriano Emilio Palacio obtiene el asilo político en EE.UU., Fox News Latino (Aug. 30, 2012).
- Emilio Palacio, Ecuadorean Journalist, Granted Political Asylum in the United States, Miami New Times (Aug. 30, 2012).
- Ecuador top court upholds libel ruling against newspaper, Reuters (Feb. 16, 2012).
- Ecuador Newspaper Columnist Seeks Asylum in the US, USA Today (Feb. 8, 2012).
- Emilio Palacio, Ecuadorean Newspaper Columnist, Seeks US Asylum After Losing Libel Case, The Huffington Post (Feb. 8, 2012).
Read Ms. Grossman's commentary about Grossman Law client Jai Shankar's case. Grossman Law won a stay of deportation for Mr. Shankar, a renowned and beloved activist in the DC Tenants' Rights community:
- Jai Shankar, D.C. Man In Deportation Case, is Free -- For Now, The Huffington Post (Apr. 19, 2012).
- Two Longtime US Residents Face Deportation, New America Media (Feb. 13, 2012).
- Jai Shankar's Case Belies D.C.'s Sanctuary City Policy, The Huffington Post (Feb. 2, 2012).