Doran Michelle Shemin

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Doran has diverse experience in deportation defense, business immigration, family immigration, humanitarian relief, and citizenship matters. She has substantial experience and prior success in waivers of inadmissibility, including provisional unlawful presence waivers, as well as cases involving sham marriage allegations. Doran has successfully assisted healthcare, technology, and residential real estate companies with the labor certification (PERM) process as well as obtaining various types of nonimmigrant visas for foreign national employees.

Doran has always focused on immigration law. While in law school, she represented clients as a student attorney at the American University Washington College of Law’s Immigrant Justice Clinic and completed other relevant coursework. It was her grandmother’s immigration story of immigrating to the United States from Argentina in the 1940s that originally sparked Doran’s interest in immigration law and her desire to learn Spanish. Doran’s husband is an immigrant from El Salvador.

Doran is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.


Bar Admissions

  • Georgia 2017
  • U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit 2019


  • 2019 – American University School of International Service, MA in International Affairs
  • 2017 – American University Washington College of Law, JD, cum laude
  • 2014 – University of Tennessee, Knoxville, BA in History, minor in Spanish, cum laude


  • Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law Award (American University Washington College of Law)


  • My Body Is My Temple: Utilizing the Concept of Dignity in Supreme Court Jurisprudence to Fight Sex Reassignment Surgery Requirements for Recognition of Legal Sex, 24 Am. U. J. Gender Soc. Pl’y & L. 491 (2016)


  • Spanish