Backed by a decade of managing complex removal defense, family, and business immigration cases at two of Colorado’s leading immigration firms, Emily returned to her native New Hampshire with a commitment to using her skills to serve the immigration law needs of the region’s community.
She has established herself as one of the State’s leading immigration lawyers and frequently represents clients before the Boston Immigration Court and various U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) offices throughout New England.
Emily has extensive experience representing clients before the Immigration Court (EOIR), the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), USCIS, the Administrative Appeals Office, and at consulates abroad. She frequently presents cases for Cancellation of Removal, Adjustment of Status, Waivers, Asylum, Temporary Protected Status, VAWA, and U visas. Emily also advises non-citizens and their counsel on the immigration consequences of criminal convictions.
In response to growing worksite enforcement actions, Emily represents large and small companies in affirmative and defensive I-9 audits. She also helps companies secure visas for foreign workers.
Emily served as the Chair of the 15,000-member American Immigration Lawyers Association Liaison Committee with the Department of Homeland Security Immigration and Customs Enforcement. In her role, Emily traveled quarterly to Washington DC to represent AILA in discussions with the Department of Homeland Security regarding national policies and practices.
Emily often lectures to local and national audiences and has published articles on advanced topics in immigration law. She enjoys mentoring attorneys in complex immigration cases. She is fluent in Spanish.
- New Hampshire Bar
- Colorado State Bar
- U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
- U.S. District Court, District of New Hampshire
Education & Career
- University of Denver, Sturm College of Law
- M.S.W., University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work
- B.A., Philosophy, Art Goucher College
- Associate Attorney, Joseph Law Firm, P.C., 2007-2010
- Attorney, Stern & Curray, LLC, 2010-2019
- Partner, Stern & Curray, LLC, 2015-2018
- Of Counsel, Stern & Curray, LLC, 2017-2019
- Immigration Attorney, abramson IMMIGRATION+ SOLUTIONS, 2017-2019
- Counsel, Shaheen & Gordon, 2019-Present
Professional & Community Involvement
- New Hampshire Bar Association
- Public Policy Coordinator, Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 2003-2006
- Mentor Attorney for Rocky Mountain Immigration Advocacy Network 2009-2017
- Mentor Attorney for Villanova Law School Farmworker Legal Aid Clinic 2010
- Mentor Attorney, University of Wyoming Human Rights Practicum 2010
- National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild
- American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), New England and Colorado chapters
- Past Chair, AILA National Liaison Committee with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
- Past Chair, AILA Colorado Liaison Committee with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
Recognition & Honors
- Denver Top Lawyer in Immigration, 5280 Magazine, 2015-2017
- Addressed National Audiences at the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s Annual National Conferences on the following topics: Criminal Waivers of Inadmissibility (Washington DC, 2010);“I fought the Law and the Law Won” Analyzing the Immigration Consequences of Criminal Offenses, Panel on Intersection of Criminal and Immigration Law (Nashville, TN 2012); Panel on Waivers and Federal Litigation (Montreal, Canada 2012); Grounds of Inadmissibility/Removability and How to Analyze Them (Boston, MA 2014); Primer on the Grounds of Inadmissibility and Removability (Washington DC 2015).