Karen Grisez is full-time Public Service Counsel in the Washington, DC office of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP. In that capacity, she supports the Firm’s attorneys in a variety of subject matter areas, including social security disability, landlord/tenant, family law, veterans benefits, and other civil litigation. Since the mid-1990s, Ms. Grisez has increasingly specialized in immigration matters. She has served as Chair of the American Bar Association’s (ABA’s) Commission on Immigration, is a member of the Advisory Board of the ABA’s Immigration Justice Project in San Diego, and is a former co-chair of the ABA Section of Litigation’s Immigration Litigation Committee. She is also a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, serves on its national Pro Bono Committee, and is a former Trustee of the American Immigration Council. Ms. Grisez has been a volunteer case screener for the US Department of Justice’s (DOJ’s) Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) Pro Bono Project for over a decade. She is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights & Urban Affairs, the Board of Directors of the Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition and the Washington Council of Lawyers.
Ms. Grisez received her BA degree summa cum laude from the University of Maryland in 1997 and her JD from the Columbus School of Law, Catholic University of America in 1990. She has successfully represented numerous asylum applicants and other immigrants before the Asylum Offices, Immigration Judges, the BIA and in federal court and litigates a variety of other immigration matters. She also speaks frequently on asylum and other immigration-related topics.