|TMSL Graduating Class:||Class of 2019 - Valedictorian—Class of 2019|
|Home:||Rio Grande Valley of Texas
University of Texas Pan-American
Bachelor’s in Political Science
Jobs/Internships/Externships have you obtained while at TMSL
United States Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Scholarships, organizations or extracurricular activities while attending TMSL
CALI Excellence for the Future Awards in Lawyering Process II
CALI Excellence for the Future Awards in Constitutional Law I
CALI Excellence for the Future Awards in Evidence
CALI Excellence for the Future Awards in Appellate Litigation
CALI Excellence for the Future Awards in Criminal Procedure
Top 10% TMSL Full Scholarship 2L and 3L year
Incoming 1L Full Scholarship
TMSL Hispanic Law Student Association, member
TMSL Institute for International & Immigration Law, member
TMSL Veterans Law Student Association, member
TMSL Asian Pacific American Law Student Association, member
Houston Young Lawyers Association, Basketball League
Pro Bono Activities
TMSL Immigration Clinic
TMSL Help the Homeless Project with Hispanic Law Student Association
Child Sponsor with Compassion International: Sponsor a Child
Anchor of Hope
So, when people say dreams don’t come true—I am always led to share my story.
I’m currently a third-year law student, in my last semester at Thurgood Marshall School of Law (“TMSL”) and the rising Valedictorian of the Class of 2019. Before attending law school, I worked for an attorney, but longed for more. What solidified my desire to obtain a law degree is the injustice I saw in poor communities, generally populated with minorities. I believe that justice should not stem from ethnicity, race, money or socio-economic position. A powerful ambition for social justice to prevail under any cause, coupled with a commitment to a more inclusive society, motivated me to pursue a career in law.
I chose to attend TMSL because I agree with the law school’s message of providing opportunities to minority individuals. TMSL was gracious enough to offer me a full scholarship my first year. In addition, I was awarded a full scholarship the following two years for my academic success. During my legal journey with TMSL, I was offered a paid position at the United States Department of Justice (“USDOJ”), Equal Employment Opportunity Commission office in Falls Church, Virginia. While there, I met many wonderful and intelligent lawyers who encouraged me to apply to the USDOJ’s prestigious honors program. I applied and by God’s favor, I was selected as a candidate among thousands of nationwide applications. Specifically, I was offered a position to work with the USDOJ, Office of the Chief Immigration Judge as a law clerk/attorney advisor. I opted to accept this federal position in order to continue my dream—my pursuit to promote social justice and plant seeds of love and hope to those who are in a place of despair. I absolutely love to encourage people.
So, when people say dreams don’t come true—just tell them about Rudy!