Senior Staff Attorney
In her role as Senior Staff Attorney, Chelsy maintains an active and diverse immigration caseload working on such matters as asylum, naturalization, reunification, removal of conditions, and student visas. Chelsy performs initial intakes and consultations as well as provides a full range of legal services including the preparation and filing of any necessary petitions or applications. In addition to client responsibilities, Chelsy contributes to the grant writing process, trains new Intake staff, and spearheads various CIAC projects and clinics. As a dedicated member of a collaborative team, Chelsy works with the rest of the CIAC staff on fundraising efforts, day to day operations, policy construction and community outreach.
Following the completion of her undergraduate degree, Chelsy pursued her Juris Doctorate at the West Virginia University College of Law with a deep conviction to to serve the underserved and to advocate against international injustice. After working for several years as a Title Attorney for a large law firm, Chelsy took several years off to raise her family and refocus her vision as well as God’s calling on her life.
In December of 2017, Chelsy began volunteering with the Christian Immigration Advocacy Center. For over a year, she pursued education and training by shadowing attorneys, conducting client intakes, and enrolling in legal immigration courses. During that time she learned a great deal about the complex legal immigration processes as well as the deep need for these services in the local refugee and immigrant communities.
In August of 2018 she pursued reinstatement in the Pennsylvania Bar and was formally re-admitted in March of 2019. During her inactive years from the bar, Chelsy raised her three children, worked as a freelance copy editor for a major medical billing company, and focused on her role as a foster parent.
West Virginia University College of Law, Juris Doctor, 2012
West Virginia University, Bachelor of Arts, English, 2009
Pennsylvania Supreme Court
United State District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania