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Rachel M. Self is the founding member of Rachel M. Self, P.C., and appears regularly as a legal analyst for the Fox News Channel and CNN. Attorney Self represents individuals in criminal and immigration matters; with particular expertise in criminal trial work, deportation defense, and post-conviction relief.


Rachel has been selected by Boston Magazine and Superlawyers as a Rising Star in Immigration law for 2009-2015 and has recently been inducted into the National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40 for the third year in a row. Rachel is honored to have received Avvo's client choice for 2014 and 2015.  She is regularly asked to teach and speak on both criminal and immigration issues.  She has taught advanced immigration seminars for the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Massachusetts Bar Association and the New Hampshire Judicial Education Program. She has also taught at New England Law Boston.  Rachel is fluent in Spanish, and has a broad base of knowledge in international and cross-cultural issues.  


 

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Languages spoken: Spanish, English

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Practice areas

Licensed

  1. Criminal Defense: 50%
  2. Immigration: 50%

Attorney endorsements

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  • Christopher B. Coughlin

    Rachel is an excellent lawyer and even better person. I endorse this lawyer.

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    Christopher Coughlin Criminal Defense Attorney
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  • Seena Andrew Pidani

    Rachel M. Self is a remarkably effective trial attorney. Her contributions to the fields of Immigration and Criminal Defense are surpassed only by her commitment to her clients. I endorse this lawyer.

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    Seena Pidani Criminal Defense Attorney
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Contact info

Rachel M. Self, P.C.

6 Beacon Street
Suite 825
Boston, MA, 02108

Rachel M. Self, P.C.

419 Palmer Avenue
Falmouth, MA, 02540

Rachel M. Self, P.C.

261 Upper Main Street
Edgartown, MA, 02539

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Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
MAActive200401/24/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 40 Under 40National Trial Lawyers2015
Rising Star in Immigration LawSuperLawyers2015
Top 40 under 40National Trial Lawyers Association2014
Rising Star in Immigration LawMassachusetts Super Lawyers2014
Top 40 under 40National Trial Lawyers Association2013
Rising Star in Immigration LawMassachusetts Super Lawyers2013
Top 40 under 40National Trial Lawyers Association2012
Rising Star in Immigration LawMassachusetts Super Lawyers2012
Rising Star in Immigration LawMassachusetts Super Lawyers2011
Rising Star in Immigration LawMassachusetts Super Lawyers2010
Rising Star in Immigration LawMassachusetts Super Lawyers2009
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerRachel M. Self, P.C.2005 - Present
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersN/A2006 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationN/A2005 - Present
Association of Trial Lawyers of AmericaN/A2005 - Present
Massachusetts Bar AssociationN/A2005 - Present
American Bar AssociationN/A2005 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Souad Belcaid v. Michael Mukasey, et al.Victory for Ms. Belcaid
Commonwealth v. Elliot RiveraVictory for Mr. Rivera, Motion Granted.
Commonwealth v. Jorge GrullonNot Guilty
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Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Suffolk University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris DoctorN/A
Bentley CollegeEnglishBA - Bachelor of ArtsN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
How to get Citizenship without Getting DeportedPitfalls for the Unwary2014
Crimmigration 101Crimmigration2014
Zealous Advocacy in the District CourtsHow to Do A Closing Argument2013
Immigration Basics PlusImmigration Court Practice2013
Immigration 101Introduction to the Law2013
Immigration BasicsRemoval Proceedings2012
Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc.Immigration Basics2011
Judicial ConferenceImmigration Consequences of Criminal Conduct2011
AILA New England Immigration Law ConferenceAdvanced Immigration Litigation Practice2011
AILA New England ChapterFrom Cuffs to Court - What Happens when ICE Detains Your Client? - Presenter2011
Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc.Immigration Basics2010
AILA New England Immigration Law ConferenceAdvanced Issues in Litigation2010