Grace E. Chisholm, Partner
Grace E. Chisholm is a bilingual attorney based in Portland, Oregon, but serving clients all over the country and world. Ms. Chisholm’s practice focuses on immigration law and consulting on criminal matters affecting immigrants. Ms. Chisholm enjoys the process of helping individuals defend their rights, remain with loved ones, and reunite with family members abroad. It is her goal to help each client understand their rights so that they can make the best decisions for themselves and their families in the present and for years to come.
Prior to helping found Aretz & Chisholm Immigration, LLC, Ms. Chisholm worked as a contract attorney for the predecessor firm, Aretz & Heise Immigration. She was also a Senior Financial Analyst for Promontory Financial Group, a Volunteer Legal Advocate with Asylum Access Ecuador, and a Community Development Engineer with Bridges of Hope International. While working for Asylum Access Ecuador, Ms. Chisholm worked as a legal aid attorney assisting refugees who sought recognition as such under Ecuadorian law. Her work was conducted entirely in Spanish.
Ms. Chisholm is a graduate of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, where she was admitted to the Order of St. Ives. During law school, she interned at the law firm of Estudio Beccar Varela in Buenos Aires; with the Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network; the Denver U.S. Attorney’s Office; and the Denver Immigration Court. She was on the Denver Journal of International Law and Policy for two years, serving at the Training Editor her second year. Additionally, she successfully represented an asylum applicant through each stage of his application through an Asylum Law Practicum. Ms. Chisholm was also a student clerk for Senior Judge John L. Kane at the U.S. District Court for the district of Colorado, and a student attorney for the Criminal Defense Clinic at the University of Denver. While working for the Criminal Defense Clinic, Ms. Chisholm represented defendants in various stages of their criminal cases, from arraignment to appeal. Ms. Chisholm is committed to pro bono work and public interest lawyering.
In law school, she was a co-chair of the Thirteenth Annual Public Interest Law Group Auction, a Chancellor Scholar, and a Co-President of the Spanish Speaking Lawyers Association. She volunteered at Mi Casa and Centro San Juan Diego as an interpreter for Denver Legal Nights, and assisted individuals in their applications for naturalization through the Ya Es Hora citizenship drives. She also attended the human rights trial of ex-Peruvian President, Alberto Fujimori, in Lima, Peru, as an international observer on behalf of the Sturm College of Law in January 2009. She is currently a committee member of the Colorado Bar Association’s Spanish Speaking Lawyers Committee, and volunteers with Project Safeguard to assist survivors of domestic violence with pro se family law matters. She has been a pro bono attorney with the Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network since March 2011.
Ms. Chisholm is originally from Los Angeles, California. Before moving to Denver for law school, she lived in South Africa for nearly four years and traveled extensively. She has visited 40 countries, among which Mexico is a favorite. In her free time, she enjoys running, cycling, hiking, reading, yoga, and backpacking with her husband and two dogs.
Grace Chisholm is an active member of the Colorado Bar Association (CBA) and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). She is also active in such community groups as:- Ya Es Hora Citizenship Campaign – Spanish Language Lawyering Committee – Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network (RMIAN).
If you believe Grace is the right attorney for you, call Aretz & Chisholm Immigration today at (303) 495-2013.
J.D. – University of Denver, Sturm College of Law
B.A. Chemistry & Theatre – Westmont College
Colorado Supreme Court
Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network Volunteer Attorney
AILA Colorado Member
AILA Oregon Member
Colorado Bar Association Member
Spanish Speaking Lawyers Committee Board Member
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