Shahana strives to offer deep technical expertise and genuine empathy in identifying immigration solutions for institutions in business, healthcare, and higher education as well as entrepreneurs and investors and the individuals and families who form the bedrock of the United States, as an associate at Green and Spiegel U.S.
Before joining Green and Spiegel, Shahana worked as an Associate assisting physicians, researchers, and scientists from prestigious institutions with preparing filings with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and navigating Consular Processing with Consulates and Embassies around the world for immigrant and nonimmigrant matters.
Shahana’s interest in immigration stems from her own journey of immigrating to the U.S. when she was 16 and from her belief in the fundamental role immigrants play in propelling the U.S. at the forefront of innovation.
Shahana began to develop her expertise in Immigration Law during her first year as a law student at Washington and Lee University, where she was a Law Clerk and Student Attorney at the Immigrant Rights Clinic for 2.5 years. As the primary case manager at the Clinic, Shahana engaged in advanced legal writing, research and delivering oral advocacy for substantive immigration matters before immigration judges, the Board of Immigration Appeals and Federal Courts. Shahana’s interdisciplinary education and uniquely rigorous approach allows her to understand the challenges of migration and apply a fresh perspective in offering clients immigration assessments.
- Bar Admission, Pennsylvania, January 2021
- J.D., Washington and Lee University School of Law, 2020
- B.A., Anthropology and Religion, University of Florida, 2017
Additional Languages Spoken
Hindi, Urdu, and Gujarati
- North American South Asian Law Student Association, Vice President
- South Asian Bar Association (National) – Young Lawyers Division (YLD), ABA liaison
- South Asian Bar Association, Philadelphia Chapter
- American Immigration Lawyers Association, Philadelphia Chapter
- Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition
- Ismaili Professionals Network
- The Columns » U.S. Senators Respond to a Case in W&L Law’s Immigrant Rights Clinic » Washington and Lee University (wlu.edu)
- Kevin Euceda, a Honduran immigrant seeking safety from persecution in the United States, saw confidential therapy notes used against him in court. Now, legislation has been introduced to stop the practice.A case currently assigned to Immigrant Rights Clinic student attorneys Diana Oladetimi, Shahana Farishta, Marissa Baer ’20 and Erick Resek ’20has the attention of famous U.S. senators (and former Democratic candidates for president) Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, Bernie Sanders, Amy Klobuchar, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Kamala Harris.
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