S. Axelrod is a Spanish-speaking attorney whose 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. She also supports the firm’s federal court impact litigation efforts, challenging the government’s unlawful interpretations of immigration laws and unreasonable delays in adjudication immigration applications.
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 serves as liaison to the Memphis Immigration Court for the Mid-South Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers’ Association (AILA). She is also a member of the International Bar Association (IBA), the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild (NIP-NLG), and the Memphis Bar Association. She is licensed to practice in Massachusetts, and practices exclusively in the area of immigration and nationality law.