Sabrina Damast practices in the areas of immigration and nationality law and post-conviction relief.  Before opening her own law practice, Sabrina served as a judicial law clerk in the Los Angeles Immigration Court and worked as an immigration attorney in private practice.  As a law clerk, she conducted research and wrote more than two hundred decisions for dozens of Immigration Judges.  She developed an expertise in all forms of deportation defense, including applications for asylum, permanent residence, NACARA, fraud waivers, and criminal waivers.  As an attorney in private practice, she solidified these skills by representing clients threatened with deportation.  

Sabrina is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and the American Bar Association. In her spare time, she enjoys singing, swing dancing, and musical theater, and she is the leader of a local Girl Scout troop.  Sabrina is a member of the New York and California Bars and is admitted to the Central District of California, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.  She frequently publishes articles, teaches CLEs, and gives presentations on immigration law.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Publications and Presentations:

  • Vartelas v. Holder: The Revival of the Fleuti Doctrine, Immigr. L. Advisor, Vol. 7, No. 4 (Apr. 2013): http://www.justice.gov/eoir/vll/ILA-Newsleter/ILA%202013/vol7no4.pdf
  •  Los Angeles County Bar Association Lunch with the Experts: INA § 212(a)(9)(C): The Permanent Bar (Apr. 30, 2014)
  • Year in Review: Immigration and Naturalization Committee (Pt. IV.A), Int’l Law., Vol. 48 (2014): http://www.americanbar.org/content/dam/aba/uncategorized/international_law/immigration.authcheckdam.pdf
  • Isn’t It Safe Now? How to Reconcile Official Tolerance and the Emergence of LGBT Nightlife with your Client’s Fear of Returning Home, INT’L. L. News, Vo. 43, No. 4 (Oct. 2014):  http://www.americanbar.org/publications/international_law_news/2014/fall/isnt_it_safe_now_how_reconcile_official_tolerance.html
  • Hot Topics: Obama’s Immigration Relief, Young Lawyers Interest Network Newsletter (Jan. 2015)
  • How to Define Your Particular Social Group: Case Developments after Matter of W-G-R- and Matter of  M-E-V-G, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin (March 15, 2015)
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association Immigration Section Symposium on Family-Based Immigration: The Permanent Bar and Reinstatement: What are they, how are they related, and how can I avoid them? (Apr. 18, 2015)
  • National Lawyers Guild Fearless Lawyering Seminar: Particular Social Groups: The State of Case Law at the Board of Immigration Appeals and in the Ninth Circuit (Apr. 30, 2015)
  • AILA California Chapters Conference: Update on Waivers (Nov. 14, 2015)
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Immigration Law CLE: Hot Topics: Particular Social Groups (Jan. 14, 2016)
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association Lunch with the Experts: Make Westlaw Your Best Friend Again: Legal Research Refresher (Jan. 27, 2016)
  • Pincus Educational Professional Education Immigration 101: Consequences of Criminal Convictions for the Noncitizen (Feb. 19, 2016)
  • Pincus Educational Professional Education Immigration 101: Refugee and Asylum (Feb. 19, 2016) 
  • Immigrants' List Civil Action Spring 2016 CLE: Navigating the Administrative Appeals Office, the Board of Immigration Appeals, and Motions to Reopen (March 18, 2016)
  • AILA Audio Seminar: Continuous Physical Presence for Cancellation of Removal (May 12, 2016)
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association Seminar: Practicing Before the Los Angeles/Adelanto Immigration Courts (May 21, 2016)
  • Hernandez-Avalos v. Lynch: How a Family-Based Particular Social Group Gives New Hope to Central American Refugee Families, The Year in Review: Immigration and Naturalization (Pt. III), Int’l Law., Vol. 50 (2016):  http://www.americanbar.org/content/dam/aba/uncategorized/international_law/_yir626.authcheckdam.pdf
  • Orange County Bar Association Immigration Section Meeting: Zealous Advocacy before Administrative Agencies (June 7, 2016)
  • AILA Annual Conference: The Modified Categorical Approach (June 23, 2016)
  • "Crimmigration" Update: Mathis v. United States, The Year in Review: Immigration and Naturalization (Pt. II), Int’l Law., Vol. 51 (2016): https://www.americanbar.org/content/dam/aba/administrative/international_law/_YIR723.authcheckdam.pdf
  • AILA Waivers Conference: 212(h) and 212(c) Waivers (Aug. 26, 2016)
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association CLE: Advanced Crimmigration: The Categorical Approach after Mathis (Oct. 27, 2016)
  • AILA California Chapters Conference: The Changing Categorical Approach (Nov. 12, 2016)
  • Pincus Educational Professional Education Visa Processing 101: Family-Based Immigrant Visas (Feb. 17, 2017)
  • AILA Nevada Chapter Speaker Series: Ninth Circuit Appeals: From Building a Trial Record to Writing a Reply Brief (Feb. 20, 2017)
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association Seminar: Immigration Bond Training (Apr. 20, 2017)
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association Seminar: Immigration Bond Training (May 11, 2017)
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association Seminar: Supreme Court Updates (July 13, 2017)
  • AILA Audio Seminar: The Categorical Approach Across Jurisdictions: A Step-by-Step Approach (Oct. 17, 2017)

Awards and Honors:

  • Southern California "Rising Stars" (2016): http://digital.superlawyers.com/superlawyers/lxrs16?pg=34#pg34
  • Southern California "Rising Stars" (2017): http://digital.superlawyers.com/superlawyers/lxrs17?pg=35#pg35
  • Recognition of Service to the Community, Iglesia del Pacto Evangelico Eagle Rock (Apr. 2017)

Leadership Roles:

  • Steering Committee, Immigration and Naturalization Committee, American Bar Association
  • Second Vice-President, Executive Committee, Immigration & Nationality Law Section, Los Angeles County Bar Association 
  • Executive Office for Immigration Review Co-Liaison, Immigration & Nationality Law Section, Los Angeles County Bar Association 
  • Federal Litigation Co-Liaison, American Immigration Lawyers Association, Southern California
  • Amicus Committee Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Troop Leader, Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles Troop 10395
  • Co-Chair, Southern California Alumni Chapter, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law