Christine M. Hernández

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Biography

Christine M. Hernández, Esq., is a shareholder at Hernandez & Associates, P.C. She is a member of the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) and has served as Chair of their Immigration Section since 2015. She has previously served as a member of HNBA's Advocacy Day Planning Committee and Finance Development Committee. Christine is the Immediate Past President of the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association (CHBA) and served as Chair of their Education Committee 2016-2017. As Immediate Past President she sits on the CBA/DBA President's Diversity Council and is an active member and serves as CHBA's representative to the Colorado Lawyer's Committee. She is Co-Chair of the Colorado Lawyers Committee's Racial Justice Task Force. Christine also sits on the Board of Trustees for the Denver Bar Association. She is a member of the Colorado Supreme Court's Wellness Task Force and the CBA/CJI Diversity on the Bench Joint Initiative. In 2020 she was appointed to the Colorado Supreme Court's Hearing Board. She has been a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) since 2005. She currently serves on the ICE Liaison Committee and is Chair of the Practice Management Committee for the Colorado Chapter and has served as Vice-Chair of AILA National's Removal Issues Committee, member of AILA National's 2013 Annual Conference Committee, member of AILA National's EOIR Liaison Committee, Chair of AILA Colorado's Member Services Committee, Chair of AILA Colorado's GEO Liaison Committee, Mentor of AILA Colorado's GEO Liaison Committee, and member of AILA Colorado's EOIR Liaison Committee. She represents immigration clients before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the Executive Office for Immigration Review, the Board of Immigration Appeals, as well as the 9th and 10th Circuit Courts of Appeals, US Supreme Court, and various Consular Posts throughout the world. She also represents clients in criminal proceedings before the various state and federal courts in Colorado. She graduated from the University of Denver's Sturm College of Law and received her B.S. B.A. degree from American University in Washington, D.C., graduating magna cum laude, with a focus in International Business. She clerked at the Denver Immigration Court and Supremo Tribunal de Justicia in Guanajuato, Mexico. She is bilingual in English and Spanish.

Expert Endorsements

2017 - Jefferson County District Court, CO

2016 - Douglas County District Court, CO

2016 - Denver County District Court, CO

2015 - Adams County District Court, CO

2012 - Denver County District Court, CO

2011 - Morgan County District Court, CO

Current Employment Position

  • Shareholder (Immigration)

Education

  • University of Denver Sturm College of Law, Denver, Colorado
    • J.D. - 2005
  • American University, Washington, District of Columbia
    • B.S.B.A. - 2001
    • Honors: magna cum laude
    • Honors: Eleanor Isaacs Law Award
    • Honors: Golden Key National Honor Society
    • Major: International Business
  • Universidad de Guanajuato, Guanajuato

    CLE’s & Seminars

    • “Diversity in Leadership” – CWBA – Leadership Summit – 2020
    • “One Love: Diversity & Inclusion and Elimination of Bias in the Workplace” – AILA – Fall Conference, 2020
    • “Developments in Immigration Law – COVID-19’s Impact in 2020 and Beyond” CHBA –2020
    • “Growing Diversity on the Bench from the Bench” – Colorado Judicial Conference, 2020
    • “How Diversity Can Help Grow Your Practice” - AILA Colorado Chapter, 2020
    • “Diversity and Inclusion Within Your Firm: Impact on Profitability” – AILA – Annual Conference, 2020
    • “Pereira Update and Best Practices in Immigration Court”, AILA Colorado Chapter, 2020
    • “Rainmaking”, CAMP – 2020
    • “Client Communication in Long Removal Cases”, AILA University, 2019
    • “Can Visa Waiver Program Entrants File Adjustment of Status Applications”, AILA University, 2019
    • Colorado Judicial Conference, “How to Champion a Multicultural Courtroom”, CHBA, 2019
    • Congressional Briefing, “Current State of Immigration”, HNBA, 2018
    • Law Day Larimer County Bar Association, “Immigration Under the Trump Administration”, CHBA, 2018
    • Pueblo County Bar Association, “Immigration Under the Trump Administration”, CHBA, 2018
    • “Conflicts of Interest”, AILA Colorado, 2018
    • “Immigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions”, Adams County, CO Public Defender’s Office, 2018
    • “Introduction to SIJS – How You Can Get Involved, HNBA, 2017
    • “HR & Legal Considerations Impacting International Talent Management”, HNBA, 2017
    • “Immigration 101: Immigration Defense Under the New Administration”, HNBA, 2017
    • “Beyond the Safety Pin: How to be an Active Ally, CHBA, 2016
    • “Legal Developments in US Immigration Law", HNBA, 2015
    • "Demonstrating Exceptional and Extremely Unusual Hardship", AILA Colorado, 2013
    • "Best Practices - DACA", AILA Colorado, 2013
    • “Immigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions”, Aurora, CO Public Defender’s Office, 2012
    • “Reject Me Not: New Practitioner’s & Paralegals Guide to the Immigration Court Manual”, AILA National Webinar, 2011
    • Immigration Court Practice Manual, AILA Colorado, 2011
    • “Deportation Defense: Representation Before the Immigration Court”, RMAIN, 2010
    • “When Should I Consult an Immigration Attorney – for Criminal Defense Attorneys”, Rhone Brackett Inn of Courts, 2009

    Pro-Bono Activities

    • AILA Access to Justice Campaign Mentor, 2017 to Present
    • Legal Nights, 2008 to Present
    • RMAIN, 2008 to Present

    Past Positions

    • Lau & Choi, P.C., Associate Attorney
    • Colorado Legal Services, Legal Externship
    • Denver Immigration Court, Clerk
    • Supremo Tribunal de Justicia in Guanajuato, Mexico, Clerk

    Languages

    • English
    • Spanish

    Published Works

    • “Leading the Way to a Diversity-Focused CLE Requirement”, The Colorado Lawyer, vol. 49, no. 11 (December 2020), pp. 4-7;
    • “Unaccompanied Alien Children: A Crisis in Our Immigration Courts”, The Colorado Lawyer, vol. 45, no. 10 (October 2016), pp. 35-42;
    • Are Unaccompanied Alien Children Really Getting a Fair Trial? An Overview of Asylum Law and Children, Denver Journal of International Law & Policy, Vol 33 No.4 Fall, 2005

    Fraternities or Sororities

    • Alpha Kappa Psi

    Professional Associations

    • Alliance for Latinx Leadership & Policy, 2020-Present
      • Co-Chair Immigration Pod, 2020-Present
    • CBA/DBA President’s Diversity Council, 2019-2020
    • Colorado Supreme Court Wellness Task Force, 2019-Present
    • CBA/CJI Diversity on the Bench Initiative, 2019-Present
      • Co-Chair of the Judicial Nominating Commission Committee, 2020-Present
    • Colorado Lawyers Committee
      • Co-Chair of the Racial Justice Taskforce, 2020
      • CHBA Representative, 2019-Present
      • Member of the Probation Memo Taskforce, 2018-2019
    • Mentor, AILA’s Access to Justice Campaign, 2018
    • Colorado Women’s Bar Association, 2016- Present
      • CAMP Mentor – 2019-present
    • Colorado Bar Association, 2016- Present
    • Denver Bar Association, 2016-Present
      • Board of Trustees – 2020-2021
    • Hispanic National Bar Association, 2015 – Present
      • Chair, Immigration Section, 2015-Present
    • DU Latino Alumni Committee, 2015-Present
    • Colorado Hispanic Bar Association, 2014 – Present
      • President – 2019
    • Colorado Criminal Defense Bar, 2010 – Present
    • Mentor, Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network, 2010- present
    • American Immigration Lawyers Association, 2005 – Present
      • Chair, Practice Management Committee, 2018-Present
    • Rhone-Brackett Chapter of the American Inns of Court, 2003 – 2012

    Articles/Interviews

    • Promoting Racial Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity within the Bar, The Colorado Lawyer, vol. 50, No. 1 (January 2021), pg. 11-12;
    • Anti-Hate/Anti-Racism parenting: Teaching Your Children to be Anti-Racist Through Self Identity, CWBA Blog: The 1891, 2020
    • Lawyer of the Year, Law Week Colorado, 2019
    • In Their Defense, American Magazine, American University, 2019
    • Colorado Hispanic Bar Association: Christine Hernandez Discusses Community in Colorado, Law Week Colorado, 2019
    • Tales from the Trenches: Celebrating Diversity, CWBA Blog: The 1891, 2019
    • Practicing Crimmigration is in the Details, Law Week Colorado, 2016

    Practice Areas

    • Criminal Law
    • Immigration Law

    Bar Admissions

    • Colorado, 2005
    • U.S. District Court District of Colorado, 2008
    • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit, 2008
    • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 2012
    • U.S. Supreme Court, 2019

    Honors

    • Colorado Supreme Court Hearing Board, 2020-2026;
    • Colorado Hispanic Bar Association, Chris Miranda Outstanding Attorney Award, 2020
    • Law Week Colorado, “Barristers Best” Immigration Attorney, 2020
    • Lawyer of the Year, Law Week Colorado, 2019
    • Top Latino Lawyers, Latino Leaders Magazine, 2017 – Present
    • Colorado Super Lawyers, 2019 - Present
    • 10/10 Superb, AVVO, 2016 – Present
    • 40 Under 40 Award, Hispanic National Bar Association, 2018
    • Most Powerful Latinas in Law Business, Latino Leaders Magazine, 2018
    • Rising Star, Colorado Super Lawyers, 2016 - 2018