Elise Steichen


Elise is a paralegal who supports the office of Contreras & Metelska, PA by preparing applications for clients. This involves meeting with clients to fill out forms, writing affidavits, and collecting evidence to make their cases stronger. She enjoys her job because it gives her the opportunity to both write and think analytically as well as speak with clients and get to know their incredible stories.

She lived in Broomfield, CO up until she attended St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN where she graduated cum laude with a degree in philosophy. While she was in college, she interned at the University of Iowa legal clinic where she researched medicare policy, learned about the process of obtaining asylum, and translated meetings between lawyers, law students, and their Spanish speaking clients.

She learned Spanish through classes in middle school, high school, and college. Additionally, she studied abroad in Chile at the Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaiso for a semester during her third year at St. Olaf. She won a scholarship to return for a month and study in greater depth how Chilean philosophy interacts with the dictatorship.

In her free time, she loves to dance tango, knit, play violin, and play board games with her friends and family.