Dannnye K. Holley, Dean and Professor of Law

Cherika Edwards

Rodolfo “Rudy” Ruiz

TMSL Graduating Class:   Class of 2019 - Valedictorian—Class of 2019
Home:   Rio Grande Valley of Texas
Undergraduate Institution:  

University of Texas Pan-American

Undergraduate Major:  

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!   

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