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Ashlyn Kahler-Rios

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Ashlyn Kahler-Rios is a member of Caplan & Earnest’s Immigration Law section, where she represents clients on a range of employment and family-based immigration matters, including I-9 audits and compliance for employers and removal defense for individuals. She also supports the firm’s Education Law and Employment Law clients. Ms. Kahler-Rios first joined Caplan & Earnest as a Summer Law Clerk, where she conducted legal research, writing and analyses on behalf of the firm’s attorneys.

Prior to joining Caplan & Earnest, Ms. Kahler-Rios drafted appellate briefs and internal agency memorandum on matters of federal-state law conflict as a Legal Intern at the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS). She also served as a Legal Intern with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR), where she worked on complex legal issues within the federal immigration, administrative and state criminal law context.

While in law school, Ms. Kahler-Rios served as both a research assistant and teaching assistant to the law school’s immigration program. She also served as a Summer Fellow with Equal Justice Works’ Rural Summer Legal Corps. As an Equal Justice Works fellow, she worked at Colorado Legal Services’ Migrant Farmworkers Division, where she focused her work on community outreach to seasonal farmworkers in the local and H2A community, as well as research related to wage and hour discrepancies and employee/independent contractor misclassification issues.

Ms. Kahler-Rios’ expertise in immigration matters dates back more than a decade, and began when she was an immigration paralegal at two other law firms and the Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network (RMIAN) prior to pursuing her law degree. In her work as a paralegal, she managed matters related to non-immigrant visas and petitions, employment-based immigrant visa petitions, family-based immigration, I-9 audits and compliance, advanced/humanitarian parole, removal defense, citizenship and DACA.

Ms. Kahler-Rios earned her Bachelor of Arts degree (cum laude) from Boston College and her J.D. from the University of Colorado Law School, where she was president of the Immigration Law and Policy Society and worked as a student attorney in the criminal immigration clinic.

Ms. Kahler-Rios has lived in both Argentina and Spain, and she is fluent in Spanish. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, refurbishing old furniture, and making empanadas with her family.


  • University of Colorado Law School, J.D.
    • Public Service Distinction
    • Immigration Law & Policy Society, President
  • Boston College, B.A. (cum laude)

Professional Credentials & Memberships 

  • Admitted to practice law in Colorado
  • Member, Colorado Bar Association
  • Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association

Previous Experience 

  • Summer Law Clerk, Caplan & Earnest
  • U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS), Legal Intern
  • U.S. Department of Justice’s Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR), Legal Intern
  • Equal Justice Works Fellow, Colorado Legal Services – Migrant Farmworkers Division
  • Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network (RMIAN), Detention Program
  • Boston College’s Center for Human Rights and International Justice’s Post Deportation Human Rights Project, Intern
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