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LAUREN KOSSEFF

Partner

Lauren Kosseff, Partner | Aljijaki, Kosseff & Prendergast, LLC

EDUCATION

• Brooklyn Law School, Brooklyn, NY (J.D. 2006)

• Tufts University, Medford, MA (B.A. 1998)

ADMISSIONS

• New York

• New Jersey

NEWS

 

Lauren Kosseff practices exclusively in the area of immigration law with a focus on complex deportation and removal defense. Lauren is an expert in complex asylum cases, including cases involving issues of firm resettlement and material support.  She regularly represents clients in matters involving adjustment of status and naturalization, asylum and refugee status, cancellation of removal, waivers of inadmissibility, immigration consequences of criminal convictions, and federal court litigation.

She has extensive experience in preparing appeals and motions before the Board of Immigration Appeals and federal courts.

Lauren is fluent in Spanish.

Practice Areas

Asylum and Refugee status

Family-based Immigration

Humanitarian-based Immigration (including Temporary Protected Status and Direct Access Program for Syrian and Iraqi refugees)

Waivers (including waivers and exemptions for “Travel Ban” (Proclamation 9645)) 

• Deportation and Removal Defense 

• U.S. Naturalization and Citizenship

Experience

In addition to her immigration practice, Lauren has served as an Adjunct Professor of Clinical Law at Brooklyn Law School’s Safe Harbor Project where she supervised students in their preparation of asylum applications.

Lauren has worked in private practice in New York City since 2008 handling a wide range of immigration matters. Prior to joining private practice, Lauren developed her expertise in immigration law as a staff attorney at the Immigration Unit for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, where she assisted federal judges in addressing complex immigration topics, including jurisdiction, adverse credibility determinations, exceptions to the requirements for filing motions to reopen, and ineffective assistance of counsel claims. Upon graduation from Brooklyn Law School (2006), Lauren served as a law clerk for the Attorney General’s Honors Program with the Executive Office for Immigration Review (New York Immigration Court), where she prepared draft decisions for the judges involving immigration issues such as asylum, cancellation of removal, waivers, aggravated felonies, and crimes involving moral turpitude. 

During law school, Lauren interned with the Immigration Protection Unit of the New York Legal Assistance Group as well as the Executive Office for Immigration Review (New Jersey Immigration Court). Lauren’s article, “Two Immigrants, Two Standards,” was published in the Washington Post (2006). 

Lauren taught Spanish and English as a Second Language prior to becoming an attorney and has been awarded for her extraordinary commitment to youth. While studying abroad in Bolivia, she conducted a study on the U.S. War on Drugs’ effect on Bolivian children who live in prison with their parents.