Grace E. Chisholm, Partner
Grace E. Chisholm is a bilingual attorney based in Portland, Oregon, but serving clients in Colorado, Wyoming, and internationally. Mrs. Chisholm’s practice focuses on immigration law and consulting on criminal matters affecting immigrants. Mrs. 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, Mrs. Chisholm worked as a contract attorney for the predecessor firm, Aretz & Heise Immigration. After law school, she worked for 6 months as a Volunteer Legal Advocate with Asylum Access Ecuador. While working for Asylum Access Ecuador, Mrs. Chisholm worked as a legal aid attorney assisting refugees who sought recognition as such under Ecuadorian law. Her work was conducted in Spanish.
Mrs. 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. Mrs. 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, Mrs. Chisholm represented defendants in various stages of their criminal cases, from arraignment to appeal. 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. Ms. Chisholm is committed to pro bono work and public interest lawyering, and she is proud to be a volunteer attorney for the Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network for the past 6 years.
Mrs. 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 traveling to more than 40 countries.. In her free time, she enjoys running, cycling, hiking, reading, yoga, and camping with her husband and daughter.
Grace Chisholm is an active member of the Colorado Bar Association (CBA) and the Oregon and Colorado chapters of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). She is also active in such community groups as Spanish Language Lawyering Committee and 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
AILA Oregon New Members Division Co-Chair (2016 – 2017)
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