Virginia, US
Careen Shannon is a Partner based in Fragomen's New York office, and also serves as the firm's Director of Communications. In this capacity, she plays a key role in managing best practices and communications for the firm in the U.S. and around the world. She is also a member of the firm's Marketing Committee, Worldwide Standards and Knowledge Committee and Pro Bono Committee. Prior to joining the firm in 1998, Careen was a Pro Se Law Clerk at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit; a Staff Attorney at The Legal Aid Society (Juvenile Rights Division); an attorney in private practice (focusing on immigration law and family law); and a Legal Editor of immigration publications at Matthew Bender & Co.
 
A frequent speaker and writer, Careen has spoken before numerous bar associations, professional organizations and human resources groups, and has written countless articles on immigration law topics for a variety of legal and human resources publications. She is the co-author, with Austin T. Fragomen, Jr. and Daniel Montalvo, of a number of legal handbooks published by Thomson Reuters/West and the Practising Law Institute. Careen and Austin also blog about immigration law issues on the Fragomen on Immigration blog. 
 
Careen maintains an active pro bono practice, and since August 2014 has led the U.S. firm’s nationwide effort to provide pro bono legal services to unaccompanied minors and to detained immigrant women and children from Central America. She served as a volunteer pro bono attorney in the AILA Artesia Pro Bono Project, representing detained immigrant women in bond hearings. In the past, she obtained political asylum for a student leader from the Ivory Coast who had been persecuted for protesting against the government. She worked pro bono to secure entry into the U.S. on a humanitarian basis of the foreign-born children of a victim of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and assisted the battered immigrant spouse of a U.S. citizen in self-petitioning for permanent residence. Careen also participated in the New York City Bar Justice Center’s Know Your Rights initiative to advise detained immigrants. She is a long-standing member of the Study Group on Immigrant Representation (convened by Chief Judge Robert A. Katzmann of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit), which has spearheaded numerous initiatives aimed at increasing access to counsel for indigent immigrants in the United States.
 
Careen is fluent in English and Danish, proficient in French, and has a working knowledge of Spanish, Norwegian, Swedish and Japanese.  

Education


City University of New York School of Law | J.D., 1989
Oberlin College | B.A., 1981

Awards

Listed as one of “The Top Women” in immigration in New York, Super Lawyers - New York Metro 2016: The Top Women

Listed in Martindale-Hubbell Register of Preeminent (“AV Rated”) Lawyers

Listed in current editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law and Super Lawyers

American Immigration Lawyers Association Artesia Project Michael Maggio Pro Bono Honoree (2015)

American Immigration Lawyers Association Certificate of Achievement as a Pro Bono Champion (2014)

Robert Masur Fellow in Civil Liberties (1988-1989)

Oberlin Shansi Memorial Association Fellowship for Teaching/Study in Japan (1981-1983)

American Field Service Scholarship for Study/Homestay in Denmark (1976-1977)

Professional Accomplishments / Memberships

Bar Admissions: New York, New Jersey

Court Admissions: U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey

Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association (Co-Chair, New York Chapter Website Committee, 1999-2000; Associate Editor, New York Chapter Conference Handbook, 2007; Co-Chair, Law Student Liaison Committee, 2013-14)

Member, New York State Bar Association, Committee on Immigration Representation

Member, Association of Pro Bono Counsel

Member, National Association of Pro Bono Professionals

Member, American Foreign Law Association

Member, Danish-American Chamber of Commerce

Former Member, American Bar Association, Section of International Law and Practice Steering Committee for Annual Conference, Beyond Globalization: Issues and Opportunities (2003-2004)

Adjunct Professor and Director, Immigration Law Field Clinic, Yeshiva University's Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York City (2004-2015)

Member, Board of Directors, Safe Passage Project

Member, Board of Directors, Obirin Gakuen Foundation of America

Managed a large-scale, in-house compliance audit for a major international investment bank

Advised a large, global consulting firm on the immigration consequences of a corporate spin-off

Wrote numerous motions to reopen and appeals that successfully overturned adverse decisions of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and the U.S. Department of Labor

Successfully represented a dual U.S.-Danish citizen who was threatened with loss of her U.S. citizenship

Secured permanent residence in the national interest for an independent Chinese filmmaker who risked her life to make a clandestine documentary about the Tiananmen Square uprising

Publications and Lectures

Speaker, numerous bar associations, professional organizations and human resources groups.

Writer, articles and book chapters on immigration law topics for a variety of legal and human resources publications.

Co-author, Immigration Procedures Handbook, with Austin Fragomen and Daniel Montalvo, Thomson Reuters/West.

Co-author, H-1B Handbook, with Austin Fragomen and Daniel Montalvo, Thomson Reuters/West.

Co-author, Labor Certification Handbook, with Austin Fragomen and Daniel Montalvo, Thomson Reuters/West.

Co-author, Immigration Employment Compliance Handbook, with Austin Fragomen and Daniel Montalvo, Thomson Reuters/West.

Co-author, State Immigration Employment Compliance Handbook, with Austin Fragomen and Daniel Montalvo, Thomson Reuters/West.

Co-author, Immigration Legislation Handbook, with Austin Fragomen and Daniel Montalvo, Thomson Reuters/West.

Co-author, bi-weekly newsletter, Immigration Business News & Comment, with Austin Fragomen, Thomson Reuters/West.

Co-author, Immigration Law and Business, Thomson Reuters/West.

Co-author, Immigration Fundamentals treatise published by the Practising Law Institute.

Author, “Regulating Immigration Legal Service Providers: Inadequate Representation and Notario Fraud,” Fordham Law Review, Vol. 78, No. 2 (Nov. 2009).

Author, “Regulating Immigration at the State Level: A Focus on Employment,” Albany Government Law Review, Vol. 3, Issue 1 (Spring 2010).

Author, “To License or Not to License? A Look at Differing Approaches to Policing the Activities of Non-Lawyer Immigration Service Providers,” Cardozo Law Review, Vol. 33, Issue 2 (Dec. 2011).

Author, “Immigration is Different: Why Congress Should Guarantee Access to Counsel in All Immigration Matters.” University of the District of Columbia Law Review, Vol. 17, No. 1 (Spring 2014).