Boston University School of Law

David K. McHaffey

Education

Cornell University
B.A., With Distinction, 1986
Honors: Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, Dean’s List

Boston University School of Law
J.D., 1995
Honors: Paul Liocas Scholar, Second Year

Experience

Barker, Epstein & Loscocco, Boston, MA
Associate Immigration Attorney (2003-present)

My duties include directly representing clients before the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services, the immigration court, and various appellate bodies. Areas of immigration law covered: business immigration, asylum, family immigration, immigration litigation and appellate work.

Political Asylum/Representation (PAIR Project), Boston, MA
Pro Bono Panel Coordinator/Asylum Attorney (1998-2003)

My duties included reviewing and assessing new asylum intakes for possible acceptance, giving presentations at various law firms to attract new pro bono attorneys, placing asylum cases with pro bono attorneys, providing mentoring and legal support to pro bono attorneys, matching pro bono attorneys with mentoring attorneys and interpreters, tracking and updating case information, supervising law school interns and directly representing asylum seekers before the asylum office and immigration court.

Boston University School of Law, Civil Clinic, Boston, MA
Consulting Supervisory Attorney (1996-2007)

My duties included supervising student attorneys during the summers regarding their immigration cases, accompanying student attorneys to and advising them during immigration court hearings; and reviewing and editing student attorney’s memoranda of law, declarations and other writing.

Catholic Charities of Greater Boston, Somerville, MA
Staff Immigration Attorney (1996-1998)

My duties included directly representing low income clients in immigration matters both affirmatively and in proceedings, providing consultations and telephone intake, mentoring and assigning projects to student interns and volunteer attorneys. Representation included asylum, suspension of deportation, adjustment of status, family petitions, religious visas (nonimmigrant and immigrant), H Visas and VAWA petitions and waivers.

David McHaffey, Attorney at Law, Cambridge, MA
Attorney (1996)

Primary emphasis on immigration law, concentrating on asylum and family petitions; secondary areas include family law, housing law, and disability benefits.

Boston College Juvenile Rights Advocacy Project, Newton, MA
Supervising Attorney (1996)

My duties include supervising Boston College law students at Brighton High School legal aid clinic, assisting law students interview and advise high school students, researching relevant areas of law, and representing students and family in hearings when necessary.

BAR STATUS

Admitted to the Massachusetts bar on December 28, 1995.  Member in good standing.

MEMBERSHIP

1996-present American Immigration Lawyers Association, Asylum Office Liaison

PRESENTATIONS

2005 – present Guest Lecturer – Professor Rodney Barker’s Immigration Law Seminar – Suffolk School of Law

2004 – present Presenter – Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) – Representing Asylum Seekers

2007 Presenter AILA New England Immigration Law Symposium

AWARDS

2003 Recipient of the 2003 Outstanding Service Award from the Political Asylum/Immigration Representation Project

1998 Recipient of Certificate of Appreciation from Project Nexus for community service.