Rachel Girod’s Background as a Lawyer
- University of Baltimore, School of Law, J.D., Summa Cum Laude (2022)
- Gordon College, BA, Sociology & Spanish with Latin American Studies Minor
- American Immigration Lawyers Association (since 2022)
- Baltimore County Bar Association (since 2022)
- Royal Shannonhouse Honor Society, University of Baltimore School of Law (2021)
- Heuisler Honor Society, University of Baltimore School of Law (since 2022)
- Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society (since 2020)
Experience as an Attorney
In 2017, Ms. Girod returned to her passion of immigrant rights as a paralegal at a Boston law firm that specialized in criminal law, immigration removal defense, and immigration benefit applications. There, she managed a voluminous case load, handling matters at the Boston Immigration Court, the National Visa Center, and United States Citizenship and Immigration Services before relocating to her home state of Maryland.
During law school, Ms. Girod represented noncitizens as a Student Attorney at the University of Baltimore School of Law Immigrant Rights Clinic, where she successfully represented individuals before the Baltimore Immigration Court in their applications for asylum. She also worked in the law school’s Immigrant Justice Clinic assisting noncitizen victims of crimes and human trafficking in their visa applications.
Before joining Eldridge, Nachtman and Crandell, LLC as an Associate Attorney, Ms. Girod worked for the firm as a law clerk in the immigration practice for two years. In that position, she drafted motions, briefs, and memoranda and worked with clients with various immigration matters, particularly those involving immigration consequences of criminal convictions. Ms. Girod joined Eldridge, Nachtman & Crandell, LLC as an Associate after graduating from the University of Baltimore summa cum laude and passing the bar exam in 2022.
Drawing on her experience working on behalf of noncitizens and their families since the age of 17, Ms. Girod is a savvy, passionate, and knowledgeable advocate for her clients. Ms. Girod is fluent in Spanish and can translate not only complicated forms and documents for Spanish-speaking clients but can also translate the complicated and often frustrating immigration process into one both her clients and their families can comprehend.