Grace Elting Castle, CLI, has combined her extensive investigative and writing experiences to create a new career as a freelance writer and editor.
A former professional investigator, she owned and operated Castle Investigations in Oregon for several years prior to moving to Chicago in 1996. There she was theExecutive Managing Director and Innocence Project Coordinator of the Paul J. Ciolino and Associates, Inc. investigation firm for six years before returning to Oregon to pursue writing projects.
Ms. Castle was the editor, and a co-author of Advanced Forensic Civil Investigations, and Advanced Forensic Criminal Defense Investigations, the critically acclaimed investigative textbooks published by Lawyers & Judges Publishing Co. (L&J). She also was a co-author of L&J's book, Corporate Investigations. In addition, Grace edited The Legal Investigator, official educational journal of the National Association of Legal Investigators, Inc. (NALI), for five years, and reinstituted the association's quarterly newsletter, NALI News. She also edited The Docket Sheet, official publication of the National Association of Professional Process Servers, Inc. (NAPPS) for several years, as well as editing the newsletter Hearsay, for the Pacific Northwest Legal Assistants. A former award winning newspaper editor, reporter and photographer, her articles have also appeared in such publications as Heritage Quest, The Texas Investigator, The Historian and Oregon Coast Magazine.
As a civil litigation investigator, Grace worked with the attorneys who pioneered sexual exploitation cases against youth organizations, as well as assisting victims of all-terrain vehicle (ATV) collisions in recovering millions of dollars from the manufacturers. Her investigative specialties included psychological and sexual abuse, product liability, wrongful death, employment issues, and wrongful conviction case review and investigation. She has been a principal defense investigator for Native American victims of the American justice system.
She is a past president of the Oregon Association of Licensed Investigators, Inc. (OALI), past editor of the Pacific Northwest Legal Assistants Association (PNLA), a past NALI regional director, and established the NALI Liaison project with the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL).
Grace was a founding member of the first National Conference on Wrongful Convictions and the Death Penalty hosted in Chicago by Northwestern University School of Law in November 1998, and was one of four presenters for the investigation seminars. In May 2000, she was a founder, co-host, and speaker for the first North American Conference for Wrongful Conviction Investigations held in Rosemont, IL. She continues her work for the wrongfully convicted through writing, research and speaking engagements.
Grace has been listed in Who's Who of Professional Management, Who's Who of American Women, Who's Who in American Law, Who's Who of the Midwest, and Who's Who in America.
Contact her at Editor@pimagazine.com.