Priscila initially joined the firm as a law clerk in 2022, and is now an associate attorney in the Family Law department at SW&L Attorneys. She is dedicated to helping clients primarily with domestic matters such as; custody, visitation, divorce, and contempt. Priscila is fluent in Spanish and has experience assisting individuals who speak little to no English.
After her first year of law school, Priscila was a summer judicial extern in Bismarck at the United States District Court for the District of North Dakota. She worked in the chambers of Judge Daniel L. Hovland, Judge Daniel M. Traynor, and Magistrate Judge Clare R. Hochhalter. By her second year, Priscila interned at a family law firm in Grand Forks, where she worked for a year and a half until her graduation in May of 2022.
Priscila was admitted to practice in North Dakota in 2023 (Bar ID 09868).
Priscila is not licensed to practice law in any jurisdiction not identified above.
Priscila earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in Social Science at the University of Manitoba. Priscila then attended the University of North Dakota School of Law, where she served on numerous student counsel boards such as President and Helen Hamilton Day Coordinator of the Law Women’s Caucus; Third Year Representative of the Student Bar Association; Executive Officer of the Criminal Law Association; and Deputy Prime Minister of the Canadian Law Student Society.
As President of the Law Women’s Caucus, Priscila led the organization to receive the 2022 “UND Student Organization of the Year” award out of 205 student organizations across the University of North Dakota.Priscila also received several personal awards throughout law school, including the highest grade in Trial Advocacy (Spring 2021) and highest grade in Immigration Law (Spring 2022). In her third year of law school, Priscila received two leadership awards in recognition of her service: the “Lillian Elsigna Outstanding Student Leader Award” and the “Class of 2022 Outstanding Law Student Leader Award.” Additionally, Priscila was a Finalist in the 2022 Carrigan Cup mock trial competition.
When Priscila lived in Winnipeg, she volunteered for several years at the Manitoba Chilean Association Cultural Centre Inc. and Folklorama which both strive to promote diversity and multiculturalism in the city. Additionally, Priscila volunteered in the “Princess for a Day” event to support Children’s Charities Manitoba for three years. The event provides children battling life-threatening, chronic, or debilitating illnesses with a day full of the royal treatment.
During law school, Priscila spearheaded a pre-law mentorship program through the Law Women’s Caucus, which paired undergraduate students interested in law school with a law student mentor. In her third year, when Priscila was President of the Law Women’s Caucus, she led the organization in a winter clothing drive for the Northlands Rescue Mission and a Valentine’s Day cosmetic drive for the women at the Community Violence Intervention Center in Grand Forks.
Priscila looks forward to giving back to her new Fargo community and will participate for the first time in the Gigi’s Playhouse Annual Walkathon, which provides awareness, inclusion, and support for individuals with Down Syndrome.
Priscila was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Her parents immigrated to Canada from Chile as children and met in Winnipeg as young adults through the love of soccer. As a result, Priscila also grew up playing soccer, speaking Spanish, and dancing Chilean folkloric dance. Priscila played competitive soccer for almost ten years, which taught her all about commitment, a strong work ethic, and teamwork. Priscila is the first in her family to graduate from university. To help her reach her goal of becoming an attorney, Priscila worked two jobs most of her teen and adult life, including through law school. Priscila worked for L.A. Dance Academy for 12 years as a Supervisor and simultaneously held various other office and retail positions. Not only was she able to reinforce her strong work ethic during that time but she was also able to practice skills such as organization, attention to detail, and problem-solving. For fun, Priscila loves to enjoy the outdoors, go camping, and hang out at the lake with her very large family.