Christopher is originally from Illinois, where he was born and raised in the Chicago suburbs. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2013 with a Bachelors of Science in English and minor in cinema studies.
In 2015, Christopher moved to San Francisco to attend law school at UC Hastings College of the Law, where he graduated in May of 2018. While there, he gravitated towards human rights and immigration issues. He participated in Hastings' Refugee and Human Rights Clinic, where he and two fellow law students directly represented a client who was seeking asylum under the supervision of a licensed attorney. He worked on LGBTQ asylum issues and took the case from its inception to the asylum interview, where his client was granted asylum in 2018.
While in law school, Christopher also worked as an intern at the Center for Gender and Refugee studies, where he primarily worked on gender related asylum issues. He prepared a sex trafficking practice guide for distribution among practicing immigration attorneys. This experience solidified his interest in pursuing a career assisting the victims of human rights abuses and gave him a broader view of immigration issues.
Prior to his interest in immigration, Christopher worked as an extern for Judge Garrett L. Wong in San Francisco Superior Court, where he worked on environmental law issues related to the new Golden State Warriors stadium in San Francisco. In addition to immigration and human rights issues, he is also passionate about environmental law issues, in particular their impact on immigrant communities in California's Central Valley.
In his spare time, Christopher enjoys spending time outdoors and with friends. Hiking and snowboarding have become regular activities since his move from flat Illinois to California. He is an avid Chicago sports fan and frequently attends Bay Area sporting events. In addition, he is very passionate about both film and music and goes to the movies and attends concerts often. He sat for the July, 2018 California bar exam and is currently waiting on his results.
Chris M. Wilharm
American Immigration Lawyers Association, Member
University of California, Hastings College of the Law
J.D. Conferred 2018