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Karen Breda

Legal Information Librarian & Lecturer


Karen Breda is a legal information librarian and a lecturer in law at Boston College Law School. She teaches advanced legal research and immigration law research, and serves as the immigration specialist librarian and the librarian liaison to the Center for Experiential Learning. Previously, she was a litigator, specializing in professional liability defense. Breda is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the American Association of Law Libraries. She is a member of the bars of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the State of Oregon, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.  She is a graduate of University of Oregon School of Law and Simmons College. 

Her public interest work includes:

  • Co-authored petition for en banc review in Cheneau v. Garland, 997 F.3d 916 (9th Cir. 2021) (derivative citizenship case)
  • Co-authored amicus curiae brief of Massachusetts Bar Association in In Re: Shelley M. Joseph, SJC No. OE-0140 (judicial independence/access to justice case)
  • Authored pleadings and briefs in John A. Breda v. Kindred Braintree Hospital, LLC, 10 OCAHO 1202 (2013) (immigration-related unfair employment practice case)