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Lory D Rosenberg


Kimberly Sherwin

Lory D. Rosenberg is a senior advisor and attorney at the Immigrant Defenders Law Group, PLLC. Ms. Rosenberg is renowned for her distinguished work as a former appellate immigration judge, or Board Member, on the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), and is a sought-after immigration lawyer, mentor and certified business and personal development coach.

Ms. Rosenberg's mission is to elevate the cause of fairness and justice, establish best practices in the immigration law community, and level the playing field, so that the promise of due process for immigrants and refugees becomes a reality. In joining IDLG in 2017, Ms. Rosenberg aligns herself with IDLG's commitment to constitutional Due Process of law in immigration law practice.


Ms. Rosenberg provides cutting-edge legal strategies to resolve complex cases and appeals. She shows attorneys how to overcome business, personal and financial blocks, manage stress, and reconnect with their vision of making a difference, so they can achieve winning results and authentic success.

Her legal expertise spans removal defense, asylum protection, waivers and immigration benefits, and covers administrative BIA appeals and motions, federal district court litigation and federal circuit court petitions for review in multiple circuits, and amicus curie representation. She has mentored and coached countless immigration attorneys, helping them acquire the techniques, confidence and expertise necessary to handle challenging cases of first impression in a high-stress, fast-paced immigration practice.


Ms. Rosenberg is the co-author of Immigration Law and Crimes, and a national and international speaker, trainer and writer. While serving on the Board between 1995 and 2002, Ms. Rosenberg reviewed over 20,000 appeals from decisions of Immigration Judges and personally wrote more dissenting and concurring opinions than ever written by former and current Board Members, combined. Her separate opinions have been lauded by the immigration bar, adopted by several circuit courts of appeal, and received specific acknowledgement by the Supreme Court in INS v. St. Cyr, upholding an immigrant's reasonable reliance on a plea bargained conviction over the government's efforts to retroactively apply new restrictions on relief from deportation.


Ms. Rosenberg previously taught multiple immigration and refugee law course as an adjunct professor at AU Washington College of Law, was a featured editor for Benders Immigration Bulletin, and served as the Director of Advocacy and Policy for Amnesty International, the Director of the NLADA Defending Immigrants Partnership, and the Director of the AIC Legal Action Center. She was the founder of the Centro Presente Central American refugee legal and pro bono programs, and a member of the International Association of Refugee Law Judges.


Ms. Rosenberg is a board member of the Federal Bar Association Immigration Law Section, and a 3-time elected Director on American Immigration Lawyers Association's (AILA) Board of Governors, serving on the Practice Management committee and conference planning committees. She was an active member of the National Immigration Project, serving on its Board of Directors. Ms Rosenberg is a recipient of AILA's Arthur Helton Human Rights Award, and AILA's Edith Lowenstein Award for Advancing the Practice of Immigration Law, as well as countless acknowledgments for her contributions. She is a graduate of Northeastern School of Law and licensed in Massachusetts and the District of Columbia.

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