Cristina is a Kennedy & Graven, Chartered associate practicing municipal law.
A Delaware native, Cristina received her B.A. from the University of Delaware in 2014 where she triple majored in Spanish Language and Literature, Sociology, and Comparative Literature. Following graduation she worked for a nonprofit organization providing services to families affected by domestic violence, served as a Spanish language court interpreter for the Delaware Courts, and was an English language teaching assistant in Madrid, Spain.
Cristina moved to Minneapolis in 2017 to attend the University of Minnesota Law School and received her J.D. in 2020. While at the University of Minnesota Cristina served as the president of the Asylum Law Project, a student organization that coordinates volunteer opportunities in the field of immigration law for first-year law students. She also worked as a law clerk for both University of Minnesota Student Legal Services and the Hennepin County Public Defender’s Office.
Before joining Kennedy & Graven Cristina worked as an Assistant Public Defender at the Hennepin County Public Defender’s Office on the Misdemeanor/Gross Misdemeanor team.
Cristina lives in Saint Louis Park with her wife Jaclyn, their dog Tango, and their cat Black Bean. When not practicing law she enjoys traveling, camping, hiking, and listening to podcasts. Cristina is a proud member of the Minnesota State Parks and Trails Passport Club and hopes to eventually visit each of Minnesota’s 75 state parks.
University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Juris Doctor, 2020
Honors: Dean’s Distinguished Scholarship, Law School Diversity Scholarship, Dean’s List, Cali Book Award in Family Law
Activities: Theater of the Relatively Talentless writing committee, Asylum Law Project President, Rural Immigrant Access Clinic, Child Advocacy and Juvenile Justice Law Clinic, Civil Rights/Civil Liberties Moot Court
University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware
Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, 2014
Honors: Dean’s List, named “Student of Distinction” by the Office of Equality and Inclusion, Phi Beta Kappa
Major: Spanish Language and Literature
Major: Comparative Literature
Professional Associations and Memberships
Minnesota State Bar Association, Member
Hennepin County Bar Association, Member
Minnesota Lavender Bar Association, Member