Maria Guadalupe Monclova graduated from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law May 2008. She is a member of the Colorado Bar Association, the American Immigration Lawyers’ Association and the American Bar Association. Maria has always known she wanted to be an immigration lawyer: she wanted to help families remain in the United States together, and “live the American Dream.”
She attributes her success in part to the community that raised her. In 2000, she graduated from Denver West High School and the Center for International Studies, and received a Fulbright scholarship from the Daniels Fund.
In 2008 Maria started her own law practice by helping family members and friends with their immigration matters. She then set up a home office in her parents’ home, and soon after, rented a basement from a friend; her first employees were her mother and her sister. In 2012, Monclova Law P.C. opened its office doors on Federal Boulevard in the Westwood neighborhood of Denver. As a small immigration and family law firm, Monclova Law recently expanded its services to more families in other states. Its clientele consists mainly Latino families who either want to petition for a family member or who are fighting against deportation.
In Maria’s words: “I can proudly say that I am who I am today in part because of all the support and care that DCIS (or how I knew it back then, CIS) offered me. That is why I am so proud to be part of this amazing organization.”