Valerie is a 3L at the William S. Richardson School of Law in Honolulu, Hawaii, and 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.
Talia Rodriguez is a 2L at SUNY Buffalo Law School. She is a 2013 recipient of the Puerto Rican Bar Association Scholarship and is a law clerk in NYS Senator Mark Grisanti’s office . She is an executive board member of the AFL-CIO, Pride at Work Buffalo Chapter and the N.A.A.C.P Buffalo.
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.
Born in Mexico and raised in Dallas, Texas, Maritza Sanchez now resides in Austin, Texas and is a 2L at The University of Texas School of Law. In the summer of 2013, Maritza was a judicial intern for a federal judge in Laredo, Texas. In 2009 she obtained her B.A. from Duke University where she majored in Psychology and Cultural Anthropology.
Mr. Hodges is a lifelong resident of Hamilton, Ohio. He is currently a second year law student at The Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University. Prior to attending law school, he worked six years for the Ohio Department of Public Safety, and graduated from Miami University, cum laude, with a degree in Integrative Studies.
Rebeca Ojeda is a 3L at the University of Texas School of Law in Austin. A Tennessee native, she has a B.A. in Economics & English from Vanderbilt University. She serves on the executive board of the Chicano/Hispanic Law Students' Association and upon graduation will be practicing litigation in her beloved South.
George is a current 3L at Northern Illinois University College of Law. He received his B.A in 2011 at NIU with a triple emphasis in Public Law, Comparative Politics and International Relations. Recognized as a Political Scholar by the Political Science Department for academic contribution to the studies of immigration and identity politics. He currently clerks for the Hon. Judge Timothy McCann in Kendall County.
Born in Peru and raised in Ocala, Florida, Krysia now resides in Tennessee and is a 1L 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.
Devan is a 2L at Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. In 2012, she received her B.A. in History, with a minor in English Literature, also from ASU. Growing up in Northern New Jersey, and then California, she found her way to Phoenix and is now a Sun Devil for life. Go Devils!
This past June, Hector A. Maquieira received his Juris Doctor from St. John's University School of Law, where he was President of the school's Latin American Law Students Association. Originally from Flushing, NY, Hector received his Bachelor's in Political Science from the University of Michigan in May of 2009.
Ronald M. Avila was raised in the New Orleans area and went to Cornell University for his undergraduate degree in Bachelor of Arts in Classical Civilization. Ronald would like to use his broad language skills and his significant experience in the legal community of New Orleans to serve the Latino community on a national level.
Christine G. Ortiz is a third-year law student at City University of New York School of Law. Currently, Ms. Ortiz serves as the Executive Article Editor of the City University of New York Law Review, Co-Chair of the Metropolitan Latin American Law Students Association and Vice Chair of the National Latina/o Law Students Association.