Lily S. Axelrod

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Lily S. Axelrod is a Spanish-speaking attorney in the Memphis office of Siskind Susser. Her practice focuses on defending clients in deportation proceedings before the Memphis Immigration Court, including applications for cancellation of removal, asylum, special immigrant juvenile status, and permanent residency. Ms. Axelrod enjoys advising clients and other attorneys about the immigration consequences of criminal convictions.

Prior to joining Siskind Susser, Ms. Axelrod worked at the intersection of immigration law and criminal defense at Masferrer & Associates in Boston, Massachusetts.   She represented clients accused of felonies and misdemeanors before local, state, and federal courts, including appeals and post-conviction relief such as motions for new trial. She also defended clients in removal proceedings before the Boston Immigration Court, focusing on finding creative strategies for clients with criminal records.

Ms. Axelrod graduated with honors from Harvard Law School, where she served as President of the Harvard Immigration Project and an editor of the Harvard Latino Law Review. As a law student, Ms. Axelrod provided over 1500 hours of pro bono legal services through the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic, the Harvard Criminal Justice Institute, and Greater Boston Legal Services.  She also served as a legal intern with the Project on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights (ProDESC) in Mexico City.

Before law school, Ms. Axelrod was a paralegal at Siskind Susser, and a community organizer with an immigrants’ rights organization.  A graduate of Brown University, Ms. Axelrod earned a bachelor’s degree in Public Policy and Latin American Studies, focusing her studies on immigration.  As an undergraduate, she spent eight months living in Mexico, studying the effects of immigration on social movements, and volunteering as a human rights observer in an indigenous Zapatista community facing displacement from their lands.

Ms. Axelrod is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), the International Bar Association (IBA), and the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild (NIP-NLG).  She is a member of the Memphis Bar Association and is licensed to practice in Massachusetts.

Ms. Axelrod has given educational presentations for colleagues at local, national, and international legal conferences.  Recent presentations include:

  • “Sex, Drugs, and Rock and Roll: Criminal Inadmissibility Update” panel at the International Bar Association Biennial Global Immigration Conference, London 2019
  • “Asylum in the Midst of Madness: Sanity Through Sound Practice Management” webinar for the American Immigration Lawyers Association Asylum Conference, Washington DC 2019
  • “Life after a Removal Order” panel at the American Immigration Lawyers Association Annual Conference, Orlando FL 2019
  • “Hot Topics in Asylum Law” panel at the American Immigration Lawyers Association Annual Conference, San Francisco CA 2018
  • “Removable as Charged? Overview of Criminal Grounds of Inadmissibility and Deportability” presentation at the American Immigration Lawyers Midsouth Chapter Conference, Nashville TN 2017
  • “Criminal Bars to Common Immigration Benefits & Defenses to Removal” presentation for the Offices of the Shelby County Public Defender, Memphis TN 2017
  • “Federal Litigation and Supreme Court Updates” panel at the Tennessee Bar Association, Nashville, TN March 2020.


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