Dynette M. Cordova is a third-year law student at the University of New Mexico School of Law. Originally from Taos, New Mexico, Dynette received her B.B.A. with a concentration in Marketing and her M.B.A. with a concentration in Finance from the R.O. Anderson School of Management at the University of New Mexico. Dynette currently serves as the President of the Mexican American Law Student Association, and served on the hosting committee of the 2013 NLLSA Conference, elected as a 2013-2014 NLLSA Co-Mountain Regional Director. Dynette is also involved in ALPFA, a national business organization committed to furthering Latino professionals.
Josh Hodges is a lifelong resident of Hamilton, Ohio. He is currently a third year law student at the Salmon P. Chase College of Law where he serves as President of the Student Bar Association. Prior to attending law school, he worked for six years for the Ohio Department of Public Safety, and graduated from Miami University, cum laude with a degree in Integrative Studies.
Monica Pedroza is a third-year law student at Northwestern University School of Law, where she served as the president of the school’s LLSA chapter in 2014 and competed and placed third in the 2013 and 2014 NLLSA Moot Court competitions. Prior to law school, Monica worked as an Honors Paralegal at the Department of Justice in the Environment Division. In that position, she was awarded the Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award. She graduated from Georgetown University, where she received a B.A. in Government and a Certificate in Latin American Studies. Originally from Whittier, California, Monica plans to return to the Los Angeles area and join the firm of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP as a litigation associate.
Born in Peru and raised in Ocala, Florida, Krysia now resides in Tennessee and is a 2L at The University of Tennessee College of Law. In 2012, she received her Bachelor of Arts from Vanderbilt University and tripled majored in Medicine, Health & Society, Philosophy, and Spanish. Prior to beginning law school, Krysia interned with the Federal Public Defender’s Office of the Middle District of Tennessee in Nashville.
Gerald Polanco is a 1L at Loyola University Chicago School of Law. He graduated from the University of New Mexico Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Languages: Spanish & French. He is currently a volunteer for the Cabrini-Green Criminal Record Corps and was an AmeriCorps volunteer in college.
Kara H. Lyons is a third year law student at NKU Chase College of Law. Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, she received her B.S.Ed. from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, graduating magna cum laude in 2011 with a degree in Sport Management/Business. Prior to entering law school, Kara worked for one year as the manager of a fitness complex. In 2012, Kara spent her summer in London studying Global Legal Entrepreneurship at the University College London. During her second year of law school, Kara served as a federal judicial extern to the Chief Judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, the Honorable Susan J. Dlott. Currently, Kara is working as a law clerk at Luxottica Retail, an international eyewear company.
Alexis J. Rangel is a first-year law student pursuing a dual Juris Doctor and Master of Public Policy from Loyola University Chicago. Originally from Texas, he graduated from Sam Houston State University with a B.A. in Sociology and a minor in Legal Studies. He is currently serves on the board of OUTLaw at Loyola, and volunteers in the Education Project for LAF, a non-profit that provides free legal services to people living in poverty in metropolitan Chicago.
Gilberto is a 2L at Northern Illinois University. Gilberto grew up in Whiting, Indiana and graduated from Indiana University Northwest with a B.S. in accounting and a minor in Spanish. After his 1L year, Gilberto interned at Assistant State’s Attorney’s office in Crown Point, Indiana.
Alvaro Aguirre is originally from Laredo, Tx. and is currently a 3L at Suffolk University Law School in Boston, MA. In 2012, he graduated magna cum laude from Texas A&M International University with a B.A. in Political Science and Sociology and a concentration in International Relations. During the summer of 2014, Alvaro was a legal intern for UNICEF at the United Nations in New York. He currently interns at the Legal Department of adidas Group and is president of the Latin American Law Student Association and Section Representative of the Student Bar Association at Suffolk Law School.
Juan Quevedo is a second-year law student at the University of Tennessee College of law. Juan received his Bachelors of Arts in Political Science from California State University, Northridge ("CSUN"). Juan is focused on becoming a public servant–a drum major for justice–with particular focus on issues related to immigration and criminal law. Juan intends to bring the lessons he has learned, the compassion he has sought, and the tenacity that drives him into his legal career to the American Bar.
Veronica C. Gonzales is a native New Mexican and third year law student at the UNM School of Law. She served on the Children's Law Section Board of Directors and is a member of the H. Vearle Payne American Inn of Court. Her past experiences also include clerking for a civil plaintiff’s firm, a local non-profit, a New Mexico Supreme Court Justice and a civil defense firm. She is interested in public interest, impact litigation and appellate practice after law school.
Valerie graduated from the William S. Richardson School of Law in Honolulu, Hawaii in 2014 where she was the President of La Alianza Hawaii. Originally from Little Rock, Arkansas, Valerie graduated summa cum laude from the University of Hawaii at Hilo receiving her Bachelor’s in Political Science and Administration of Justice. In the summer of 2012, Valerie served as a law clerk for the Honorable Justice Sabrina McKenna at the Hawaii Supreme Court.