During her first year of law school she participated in the New Americans Initiative Project by assisting people with their naturalization applications. During her second and third years of law school she worked at the International Human Rights Law Institute (IHRLI) at DePaul College of Law as an intern and as a Jeanne M. and Joseph P. Sullivan Fellow. During her time at IHRLI she worked on projects involving human trafficking, Women’s rights in Egypt, and problems with access to justice for the residents of Oaxaca, Mexico. During law school Catherine also worked in the Senate office of former Senator Barack Obama and served as President of De Paul's College of Law’s International Law Society.
During and after law school Catherine worked as a research assistant for M. Cherif Bassiouni. As a research assistant she worked on outlining recent conflicts in Central and South America, as well as, researching European Court of Human Rights, Inter-American Court of Human Rights, and Committee Against Torture jurisprudence. After law school she worked as a volunteer attorney with the National Immigrant Justice Center providing aid to immigrants who were detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
In 2009 she received her Juris Doctor with a certificate in International & Comparative Law from DePaul University College of Law, in Chicago, Illinois. Catherine is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the American Bar Association, the Illinois Bar Association, and the Chicago Bar Association.
Catherine’s husband is a Lawful Permanent Resident of the United States and she understands the importance of family unity.
Attorney Marisol Gallegos received her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biopsychology in 2006 from the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. In 2009 she received her Juris Doctor with a certificate in International & Comparative Law from DePaul University College of Law, in Chicago, Illinois.
During her first year of Law school she participated in the New American Initiative Project to assist with Naturalization applications; she also participated in DePaul University College of Law's, Spring Break Border Project in Harlingen, Texas, to volunteer her services with ProBar (South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project) and was victorious in obtaining cancellation of removal for her client who was a lawful permanent resident.
During her second and third years of Law school, Marisol interned at Centro Romero and the National Immigrant Justice Center, not-for-profits in the Chicago area. There she assisted immigrants with their adjustment of status, temporary protected status and individuals detained by US Immigration & Customs Enforcement in Illinois and the surrounding areas. In addition, Marisol was enrolled in her University's year long Asylum & Immigration Law Clinic where she was successful in obtaining asylum for her two clients.
Before beginning her law practice she was a volunteer attorney with Life-Span, a Chicago not-for-profit, where she provided assistance to victims of domestic violence in applying for Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and U-visa protections. Marisol is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), the American Bar Association, the Illinois Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Association, and the Hispanic National Bar Association.
As a daughter of immigrants she knows the difficulties the immigrant community faces and speaks fluent Spanish.