Ashlyn Kahler-Rios is a member of Caplan & Earnest’s Immigration Law practice, where she represents clients on a range of employment and family-based immigration matters. Her experience includes counseling small and large companies, non-profits, research institutions, educational institutions, and school districts on securing temporary and permanent visas for foreign national employees.
Ms. Kahler-Rios also helps companies perform internal audits of their employment eligibility verification processes. She also supports Caplan & Earnest’s Education Law and Employment Law clients on immigration-related issues.
Ms. Kahler-Rios’ expertise in immigration matters dates back more than a decade and includes work in private practice and with non-profits. She also worked with the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) and the U.S. Department of Justice’s Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR).
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 & 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 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 a 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
- 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