Rachel M. Self

Rachel M. Self

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Immigration Attorney in Boston, MA

Rachel M. Self, P.C.
 | 6 Beacon Street, Suite 825
Boston, MA 02108
Phone: 617-742-0191
Selected to Rising Stars: 2009 - 2017
Licensed Since: 2004
Practice Areas:
  • Immigration: Consumer (60%),
  • Criminal Defense (40%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Spanish
Attorney Profile

With offices in the heart of downtown Boston, and Falmouth, Massachusetts, Rachel M. Self, P.C. is a full service law firm specializing in criminal defense and immigration law. Serving the greater Boston area and the Cape and Islands, if you or a loved one are facing possible jail time or deportation, you should immediately obtain an experienced lawyer to protect your interests. We do everything we can to keep families together and minimize the impact of a case on your family, career and future. The firm also handles all aspects of other immigration matters such as family based petitions, lawful permanent residence, immigrant visas and non-immigrant visas at reasonable fees.

About Rachel Self

Admitted: 2004, Massachusetts

Professional Webpage: http://attorneyself.com/attorney-profile

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Crimmigration—the intertwining of criminal and immigration law—can affect the noncitizen during every stage of his or her immigration status. This seminar discusses how to identify, analyze, and minimize the effect of a criminal conviction on your noncitizen client.Featured TopicsOverview of the Grounds of Inadmissibility and Removability Most Common Criminal Grounds of Removability and Inadmissibility Importance of Determining the Immigration Consequences of a Criminal Conviction How to Determine If a Conviction Is a Crime Involving Moral Turpitude, an Aggravated Felony, or a Crime of Violence Minimizing the Effect of a Criminal Conviction on Your Client's Immigration Status, Panelist, Crimmigration 101, AILA, 2016
  • What is the categorical approach and how is it relevant to your client? This seminar focuses on recent case developments and practical approaches in removal defense. Learn how to use recent case law to contest removability or to argue eligibility for forms of relief. The panel gives practitioners an understanding of the authority behind the categorical approach and provides clear guidance on the concepts. In addition, the speakers offer practical suggestions on how to utilize the analysis in practice. Key Topics Include:Identifying the Difference Between a Singular Offense (Which May Be Committed in Various Ways) vs. a Divisible Statute that Provides Alternative Offenses Essential Holdings in Moncrieffe and DescampsExtending Moncrieffe Past the Determination of Removability and into Available Relief Recent Activity Involving the Categorical Approach and How It May Save Your Client Practical Tips to Implement into Your Practice, Panelist, Categorial Approach - What Every Practitioner Needs to Know, AILA, 2015
  • Seminar focusing on some of the fundamentals of what to do when your client encounters the immigration consequences of criminal charges., Chair, Crimmigration 101, MCLE, 2014
  • Rachel is on a panel discussing the ins and outs of practicing before the Boston Immigration Court., Panelist, MCLE Basics Plus Immigration Law, MCLE, 2014
  • Rachel participated on a panel which conducted a mock Motion for New Trial based on issues under Padilla v. Kentucky., Panelist, Mock Trial: Current Issues Under Padilla v. Kentucky, Massachusetts Bar Association, 2014
  • Chaired a seminar focused on fundamentals of what to do when ICE issues detainers against your client and what to do when the murky waters of criminal law and immigration consequences intersect., Program Chair, Crimmgration 101, MCLE, 2014
  • Rachel was a panelist for this program sponsored by the Massachusetts Bar Association.  Topics to be highlighted include information-gathering for the client's immigration file, qualification status for permanent residence, selective service issues, the effect of previous deportation/unlawful presence in U.S., and criminal issues., Panelist, MBA Pitfalls for the Unwary - How to get citizenship without getting deported, Massachusetts Bar Association, 2014
  • Rachel did a seminar in the Zealous Advocacy class on how to do your best closing argument., Panelist, MCLE Zealous Advocacy in the District Courts, MCLE, 2014
  • Rachel was a panelist discussing Immigration Court practice tips., Panelist, MCLE Basics Plus in Immigration Law, MCLE, 2013
  • Rachel guest lectured at Harvard University's Introduction to the Law class and discussed the history of immigration law and present issues facing people wanting to immigrate to the US., Guest Lecturer, Harvard University Introduction to the Law, 2013
  • Rachel presented to members of the MBA how to effectively prepare an affirmative asylum application., Panelist, Preparing Successful Affirmative Asylum Applications, Massachusetts Bar Association, 2013
  • Rachel presented on the MCLE panel regarding criminal defense and immigration and the immigration consequences of criminal activity., Panelist, Criminal Defense and Immigration, MCLE, 2012
  • Rachel was the moderator at the 2011 AILA New England Immigration Law Conference in Advanced Immigration Strategies for the EOIR panel.  Topics discussed included prosecutorial discretion, criminal consequences, Padilla v. Kentucky, and recent case law in Removal Proceedings., Moderator - EOIR Advanced Practice Stragies, 8th Annual New England AILA Advanced Immigration Strategies Conference, 2011
  • Rachel presented on the basics of Removal Proceedings before the immigration court., Panelist for Immigration Court Procedure and Relief from Removal, MCLE Immigration Basics, 2010
  • Rachel lectured on the immigration consequences of criminal activity and post conviction relief issues., Lecturer - Advanced Topics in Litigation, AILA New England Immigration Law Conference, 2010

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • Rachel wins Motion for New Trial in larceny case.  Lawful permanent residence restored to client.  Deportation proceedings terminated., 2016
  • Rachel obtains a Not Guilty jury verdict for client wrongfully accused of several counts sexual assault., 2016
  • Rachel wins Motion for New Trial in Drug Possession case.  Charges dismissed.  Citizenship granted., 2016
  • Rachel wins Motion for New Trial in Drug Trafficking case.  Charges dismissed., 2016
  • Rachel received a Not Guilty in a Reckless Driving trial., 2016
  • Rachel received a Not Guilty in an OUI second offense jury trial., 2015
  • Rachel obtained a Not Guilty in an Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon case., 2014
  • Rachel recently obtained a Not Guilty verdict in a sexual assault trial., 2014
  • Rachel obtained a Not Guilty in a Threats and Assault and Battery Trial., 2013
  • Rachel obtained a Not Guilty in a Assault and Battery and Assault and Battery of a Police officer trial., 2013
  • Rachel obtained a Not Guilty in a Threats and Assault and Battery trial., 2012
  • Rachel obtained a Not Guilty in an Assult and Battery trial., 2012

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Rachel received the Client's Choice Award for the third year in a row. She is rated a "10" Superb client rating by AVVO, a national lawyer listing service. To see Rachel's client reviews, click here: http://www.avvo.com/attorneys/02108-ma-rachel-self-1341417/reviews.html, 2015
  • Rachel received the National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40., 2015
  • Rachel received the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers., 2014
  • Rachel received the National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40., 2014
  • Rachel received the Client's Choice Award for the second year in a row. She is rated a "10" Superb client rating by AVVO, a national lawyer listing service. To see Rachel's client reviews, click here: http://www.avvo.com/attorneys/02108-ma-rachel-self-1341417/reviews.html, 2014
  • Rachel received the Client's Choice Award and a "10" Superb client rating by AVVO, a national lawyer listing service. To see Rachel's client reviews, click here: http://www.avvo.com/attorneys/02108-ma-rachel-self-1341417/reviews.html, 2013
  • Rachel received the National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40., 2013
  • Rachel received the National Trial Lawyers top 40 under 40., 2012

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6 Beacon Street
Suite 825
Boston, MA 02108

 

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