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Thomas J. Shea

CUNY Citizenship Now
Senior Staff Attorney
New York, NY, USA


Thomas J. Shea, Esq. is a Senior Staff Attorney with CUNY Citizenship Now!, which is a nonprofit immigration legal service organization providing free immigration legal services throughout the five boroughs of New York City.  Mr. Shea provides mentoring, training, and technical assistance to CUNY Citizenship Now!’s legal staff. Before coming to CUNY, Mr. Shea served as the Director of Training and Technical Assistance at the New York Immigration Coalition from October 2006 through September 2012.  Prior to working with the NYIC, Mr. Shea practiced for ten years with the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC). Mr. Shea represented naturalization cases and coordinated group naturalization processing workshops for CLINIC in Washington, DC before transferring to CLINIC’s El Paso, Texas office, where he represented detained asylum seekers before the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) immigration court.  Mr. Shea then transferred to CLINIC’s New York City office where he represented non-detained asylum seekers and applicants for adjustment of status and cancelation of removal before the EOIR immigration court.  Mr. Shea has developed training curricula for CLINIC and presented on such topics as citizenship and naturalization, relief from removal, and victims of human trafficking.  Mr. Shea has lengthy experience training on Family-based Immigration Law, Citizenship & Naturalization, Waivers & Exceptions to Select Grounds of Inadmissibility, Public Charge and the Affidavit of Support, Adjustment of Status, Relief in Removal Proceedings, and Unlawful Presence. Mr. Shea was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in December 1996 and to the Washington State Bar in May 1998.
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