By Samantha Morales 2L
On Wednesday February 6, the San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association, La Raza Law Students Association, Career Services, and TJSL Alumni Association came together to host the event “Employment for Latinos in the Law”.
For students wanting to learn more about the opportunities ahead, the panel and networking event gave them the opportunity to meet Latino lawyers and alumni and hear perspectives on different career paths in the law.
“I hope this gives me an opportunity to find a mentor as well as gain insight on the road ahead from the eyes and perspective of people who are already where I want to be one day,” said Betsy Rosales-Munoz 1L.
TJSL Career Services Director Beverly Bracker moderated the panel. Panelists included Francisco Aldana of The Advocates Law Firm, Ruben F. Arizmendi '81 of Arizmendi Law Firm, Deputy San Diego City Attorney Heily Hernandez '07, Jennifer Kish '10 of San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program, Rebeca Valenzuela '09 of Manning & Kass, Ellrod, Ramirez, Trester Law Firm, and Marcela Mendez, Senior Legal Director at Qualcomm Incorporated.
Assistant Director of Admissions Justin Cruz helped coordinate the event and he was thrilled to see the eighth floor conference room buzzing with activity. “We hope this gives students an opportunity to form great relationships and mentorships, but most of all we want this to also build a sense of community on campus,” said Cruz.
The opportunities were abundant. Students like Armando Murillo 1L even left with potential internship offers. “I met Mrs. Frida Arizmendi --she was just amazing. She asked me when I was able to intern and actually offered to look at my resume to possibly take me on this summer!” said Murillo.
Deputy San Diego City Attorney and TJSL Alum Heily Hernandez ‘07, was very excited to be a panelist at the event. As a former President of La Raza Law Students Association, she was thrilled to see so many students attending the event. “We were a small group back then and it’s great to see how much La Raza has grown!” she Hernandez.
“This was a great opportunity to gain networking opportunities, interact with my peers and also share my experiences in law school with peers who are coming behind me,” said Roman Partida ‘3L.
“I came because I believe the Latino community should help each other establish a strong network so together, we can enhance the educational opportunities for others,” said Juan Carlos Montenegro 1L'.
For more information on upcoming meetings and events visit La Raza Law Students Association on TWEN.