Fellows 2015-2016

 

Alexis Cano
Academy High School
Front Range Community College

Alexis Cano was born and raised in Denver, Colorado.  A graduate of Skyview Academy High School, her family believes in making their dreams come true no matter how difficult it is.  During her senior year in high school, Alexis joined debate team and loved it.  Not only was she representing her case but she was also having fun with all the evidence to prove why she should win the debate round.

As a student who at first had had difficulties making the honor roll each quarter, Alexis believes that anything is possible to become someone better. Throughout Alexis’ life, she seen a lot of hardships in her family with immigration and medical malpractice.  For this reason Alexis would like to become a lawyer.  She would like to let people know that she is there to help and knows what hardships they are also going through.

As Alexis found out about LAW SCHOOL…Sí Se Puede, she was excited to find out more about the program.  She knows that with the help of the mentors she will be able to understand a lot more instead of just getting stuck on one thing.  Alexis biggest desire is to become a lawyer and she feels excited about getting accepted into the program.  LAW SCHOOL…Sí Se Puede will open many doors for Alexis and her future career as a lawyer.

 
 

Cendy De La Torre  
Rangeview High School    
University of Colorado - Boulder

Cendy De La Torre was born in Jalisco, Mexico and immigrated to the United States at the age of five.  She quickly adapted to her new home and tried very hard in school in order to repay her parents’ sacrifices.  When Cendy was 10, her father was deported to Mexico. She has not been able to see him since because she is undocumented.

This event inspired her to become an immigration attorney in order to fight for those who work hard to earn a better future in the Land of Opportunity and also to stop the separation of families.  She graduated from Rangeview High School with honors and will be attending the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Cendy is a fellow with LAW SCHOOL…Sí Se Puede because she wants to be surrounded by individuals who, like her, aspire to impact their communities and inspire the generations that follow.  Cendy is already on her way to achieving her dreams of being a lawyer: this summer, she received an internship with the Aguirre Law Group as a result of a connection through LAW SCHOOL…Sí Se Puede.  She feels very blessed to have come across a program that will support her every step of the way on her path to becoming an immigration attorney!

 
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Ashley Fisher
York International    
University of Colorado - Boulder

Ashley Fisher was born in Colorado.  Her rather tough childhood has molded her into the strong-willed young woman she is today.  At a very young age, Ashley had to learn to be completely independent.  Despite the negativity that surrounded her, Ashley found positivity through her education.

She dedicated herself to her studies to ensure she could attend college.  With her personal experiences in mind, Ashley knew she wanted a career that involved children.  She contemplated being a pediatrician or social worker, but was never exactly sure.  This changed when Ashley participated in the 2014 Marshall-Brennan Moot Court Competition.  Ashley competed in the Regional Competition on the CU Boulder Campus, and then went on to compete in the National Competition in Washington, D.C.

Participating in the moot court competition has inspired Ashley to go to law school.  She plans to attend CU Boulder for both her undergraduate and law degree.  Because she still wants to have a connection with children, Ashley has decided to pursue a career in family law. Moot court also put her into the law community network.  Through a law student at CU, Ashley was introduced to Judge Arguello, who encouraged her to apply to LAW SCHOOL…Sí Se Puede.  Ashley looks forward to being a fellow because she feels the program will provide many opportunities for her and her future goals.  She is especially excited about having mentors who will not only help her as she earns her undergraduate degree, but will also share the same passion for helping people.

 
 

Matthew Hinze
Air Academy High School    
University of Northern Colorado

Matthew Hinze has lived in Colorado Springs, Colorado, since his dad received military orders to move to the United States Air Force Academy in 2004.  Matthew graduated with honors from Air Academy High School as a member of the National Honor Society and the American Sign Language Honors Society. He also earned a leadership position in the marching band, which has won the state championship nine times—including four times while he was in high school.

Law ran in the family as his grandfather was an attorney who graduated from law school at the University of Texas; but unfortunately, Matthew never had the chance to meet him. Although he always had a slight interest in becoming a lawyer, in his junior year he joined the school’s mock trial team and was drawn into the legal world.

Matthew knows he will benefit greatly from LAW SCHOOL…Sí Se Puede. The path to law school and becoming a lawyer is not easy, and having the guidance of many others who have gone through a similar path before him is an invaluable, and not to mention a once-in-a-life-time opportunity that he is very grateful to have. He knows that without the program, he would make many mistakes along his path, and that the guidance of such experienced mentors will greatly increase his chances of success. While Matthew is currently unsure of the area of law he wishes to study, he hopes to assist the deaf community by furthering their place as equals in the hearing world

 
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Rebecca Huerta
Air Academy High School    
Baylor University

Rebecca Elizabeth Ruiz Huerta is the third of four children born to loving parents in Greeley, Colorado. Growing up, she could always be found with a book in her hand and was always asking to go to the library. Her love of reading and her rough family history motivated her to succeed in school and resulted in her finding her passion for law and the legal system. Stephanie Austgen, her English teacher, encouraged her to try mock trial and Rebecca found her niche in a large high school. Rick Ranson, the team’s attorney coach, helped her every step of the way. He encouraged her to never stop asking questions. When the opportunity of LAW SCHOOL…Sí Se Puede presented itself, Rebecca wanted to become involved because of the connections the program could offer her—along with her desire to expand her knowledge of lawyers, the legal field and the law itself. Rebecca draws inspiration from her real life experiences and the media, which have caused her to strive to become a lawyer. They awoke in her an urge to bring justice to all people and ensure that the law has a positive impact upon the community. Rebecca will be attending Baylor University in the fall of 2015.

 
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Victoria Husher Price
South Park High School    
University of Denver

Victoria Husher-Price was born in Los Angeles, California, later moved to South Dakota, and has lived in Park County, Colorado for the past eight years. She will be attending the University of Denver in the fall with the help of the Daniels Fund Scholarship. She will be double majoring in Political Science and International Studies. She has also been accepted into DU’s Pioneer Leadership Program, where she will craft her leadership skills and earn a minor in Leadership.

She has solidified her goals to become a lawyer by interning with a judge at her local courthouse in Park County. She was introduced to some of the realities of the career and fell in love. She plans to be a human rights lawyer, which will allow her the opportunity to stand up and fight for social justice, one of her passions.

She is excited about being a part of LAW SCHOOL…Sí Se Puede because it will provide internship opportunities and networking experiences with professionals in the field. She feels blessed to acquire the fortuity to be a part of a program of such influence.

 

Devon Johnson
Air Academy High School  
University of Colorado - Colorado Springs

Devon Johnson will attend school at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, with a focus in Political Science and minor in music, in the fall of 2015 . As a junior in high school, Devon decided that he needed to be a lawyer because of the work he did with Colorado Springs Teen Court, a non-profit organization dedicated to implementing a program of restorative justice for juveniles who have committed misdemeanor crimes. While the defendants are sentenced through a traditional sentencing hearing, the twist is that Devon is their attorney. Through his time with Teen Court, he has discovered that he has a fiery passion to defend those who are defenseless. He knows that sometimes it is really easy to get lost in this world, and sometimes people just need a friend to help them—something that he seeks to do with his legal career.

Devon is the first in his family to graduate from high school and the first to attend college. He says that it is quite possible that he is part of almost every large minority group possible: he is Puerto Rican, male under 5’ 8”, and gay.

He is very excited to join the LAW SCHOOL…Sí Se Puede program because it will give him the opportunity to have help from people who have already lived the situation he is in. As he predicts, the college world is messy, but LAW SCHOOL…Sí Se Puede will guide him through.

 
   

Carolina Luna Casas    
Arrupe Jesuit High School    
Loyola University - Chicago

Carolina Luna is a first generation Mexican-American. She was born and raised in Denver, Colorado, to Mexican immigrants.  From a young age she learned the importance of education and advocacy.  She knew that she had to stand up for what she believed in and that education would give her the tools to show her support effectively.  She attended Arrupe Jesuit High School on an academic scholarship where she received the tools be a woman for others.  She became an advocate for others by volunteering and mentoring.  She also became an advocate for herself by receiving a full scholarship to Loyola University-Chicago.

It was this desire to support others that drew Carolina to want to become a lawyer.  During her time in high school, she participated in mock trial.  She loved representing her client and giving him/her a person who works hard for their right to trial.  Carolina would like to stand in trials and work for justice but she knows there is much to do in order to get there.  She believes that College is a foreign land and that law school is a different planet.  But, she knows LAW SCHOOL…Sí Se Puede will help guide her in her journey.  She wants to know that all of her hard work is placed in the areas that will lead her to her goal: to become a lawyer who upholds justice.

 
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Kayla Medina  
Centennial High School    
University of Denver

Kayla Medina was born and raised in the town of Pueblo, Colorado. She is the daughter of parents who were both first generation college students, that worked hard to get their education and invested the same value of education in her. Kayla graduated with honors from Centennial High School and will be attending The University of Denver in fall pursuing a degree in business analytics.

Law and the justice system has always been something that interested Kayla from a young age. Her father, a police officer, helped to spark her interest in becoming a prosecutor and to show her that their needs to be someone to fight for justice. The town that she is from is 50% Hispanic and Kayla believes that if she becomes a lawyer it will encourage other Hispanics, and hopefully females, to pursue their dreams and strive for the best.

Kayla feels that the LAW SCHOOL…Sí Se Puede program will help her to be successful in her field as a lawyer and also open many doors for her. This program creates wonderful contacts and mentors that will help her with the long journey of becoming a lawyer.

 

 

 
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Esperanza Molina    
Arrupe Jesuit High School  
University of Denver

Esperanza Molina was born and raised in Colorado and graduated with honors from Arrupe Jesuit High School.  At Arrupe she was very involved in extracurricular activities.  She helped with underclassman retreats, service projects, and student tutoring.  She was also involved in leading the drama club as well as her school’s mock trial team.  Esperanza also ran cross-country and played on the soccer team.  She is the first person in her family to attend college and will be attending the University of Denver where she will be majoring in Psychology.  As a child, Esperanza grew up wanting to be a lawyer and, as she progressed through school, her dedication to becoming a lawyer only grew.  As a result, Esperanza had received early acceptance into the University of Denver’s Six-Year Law Program. She knows that this will not be easy, but is already dedicated to the program.

Esperanza applied to LAW SCHOOL…Sí Se Puede because she knew that it was a great opportunity for her to grow. Esperanza is not one to ask for help, but knows that since she is the first in her family to attend college, she is going to need help. She knows that with the help of her mentors she will be able to figure out college and succeed in becoming a lawyer and eventually opening her own law firm.

 
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Samantha Quinones    
Justice
High School    
University of Colorado - Denver

Quiola Samantha Quinones, originally from Vail, Colorado, is this year’s valedictorian from Justice High School and a member of the school’s National Honors Society.  Samantha is a Latina who takes pride in her heritage and has sought the light at the end of the tunnel, despite all the obstacles that have come her way.  Samantha has lived life as it truly is, not as it is portrayed: she has been living on her own since a very young age of fifteen. This has taught her that there is no reward without effort and if you want something in life, you will make it happen no matter the circumstances. She believes that opportunities don't happen—you have to create them. Any   opportunity you overlook and don't grasp is like throwing a precious diamond in the dumpster.  That same motivation is what pushes her to strive to reach what many have told her is the impossible: entering law school.  She is proud to say, “Sí Se Puede,” when it comes to her attending law school.

Samantha is honored to be part of LAW SCHOOL…Sí Se Puede. Because she has not had access to guidance from adults in her life.  Having a group of people who are there help her, to motivate her and to push her to fulfill her dreams of becoming a lawyer will only make her stronger and help her achieve her dreams. She is excited to work with her mentors and is ready to make things happen.

 
 

Brittany Solomon    
Rangeview High School
Colorado State University

Brittany Solomon was born in Medford, Oregon, but when she was a year old she moved to Aurora, Colorado.  She has had to deal with many challenges growing up, but she believes she can overcome anything with her family by her side.  She has always strived to be successful and has used her diversity to propel her towards success.

She graduated from Rangeview High School and is now studying at Colorado State University.  During high school she attended the National Hispanic Institute at Colorado State University and was a lawyer in the program.  She participated in various other programs and activities such as show choir, managing, track and field, and College Track Summit 54.

Brittany aspires to work in international law because she wants to help disadvantaged people who may not have access to lawyers in unsupportive systems.  Brittany’s involvement in community service and various other programs has shown her the need for diverse and cultural representation within the legal system.  Over the years, her desire to help those in need has grown even greater and has strengthened her resolve to become an International Lawyer.

Brittany is a LAW SCHOOL…Sí Se Puede Fellow because she hopes to develop partnerships with experienced lawyers or judges while receiving help from her mentors with challenges that she may face in college.  She understands that the process of going to college and eventually law school will not be simple and she has seen firsthand how programs such as this one can be beneficial. Despite the challenges which she anticipates college will present her with, Brittany understands that participating in this program will be worth it.

 

Kevin Sullivan   
Coronado
High School  
University of Colorado- Colorado Springs

Kevin Sullivan is a native of Colorado Springs, Colorado.  He lives with his father of Irish decent and his mother of Mexican decent who is a first-generation U.S. citizen.  Kevin’s mother’s first language is Spanish, and he has seen how hard she has worked to support his education.  He is attending the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs working toward a major in Biology with a minor in Communication.  Due to his experiences in life, Kevin has a particular interest in helping people with disabilities, particularly those with what are known as the invisible disabilities.  During his high school, his mock trial coaches were attorneys from the Colorado Public Defenders Office, and they inspired him to pursue his dream of becoming an attorney.

Kevin became mock trial team captain his senior year and competed in the state mock trial competition two of the four years of his participation.  Kevin has always had a deep sense of justice and has stood up for fellow students in his school who were being targeted by others.  This led Kevin to be voted salutatorian for his middle school graduation.  Kevin has realized that, as Steve Jobs said, “The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do,” and he hopes to do just that.  Kevin believes that LAW SCHOOL…Sí Se Puede will help guide him in selecting the college courses that will prepare him for law school and will help him gain confidence in his abilities.  Kevin also looks forward to meeting legal professionals and learning from their experiences.


“Sí, Se Puede” is a phrase born of farmworkers, who, under the leadership of the UFW, César Chávez, and Dolores Huerta, fought valiantly for equal protection under the law.  As a result of the efforts of the UFW, “Sí, Se Puede” has become well known as a call that engenders hope and inspiration in those who face similar battles. We thank the UFW, whom we acknowledge to be the sole and exclusive owner of the Trademark SI SE PUEDE, for granting us a limited license to use“Sí, Se Puede” in connection with our efforts to recruit, in Colorado, students of Hispanic or Latino descent for our law school pipeline program. For more information about the programs offered by the UFW, please see UFW’s webpage (www.ufw.org); UFW Foundation’s webpage (www.ufwfoundation.org); and UFWF’s immigration services webpage (www.sisepuede.org)