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Lydia Agyemang
Denver East High School
University of Colorado-Boulder

Lydia Agyemang is the second of three children born to a family making their home in Denver, Colorado. She is a respectful, academically, and socially driven young woman who believes that the best things in life take hard work and effort. She demonstrates respect for others by treating all people with compassion, empathy, and understanding. In times of difficulty, she chooses to remain optimistic, knowing that there are greater opportunities ahead.

Lydia graduated from Denver East High School and is attending the University of Colorado-Boulder, where she is majoring in Political Science and minoring in English. During high school she attended the National Youth Leadership Forum for Law and CSI and participated in the Law and Creative Writing program at Colorado State University. She was involved in various extracurricular activities, such as Girls Basketball, Heritage Christian Choir, and Minds Matter of Denver.

Lydia decided to become a lawyer during her eighth grade year when she was given the opportunity to participate in a law mentorship program. During that program, she had the chance to meet with great lawyers and judges in Colorado.

She is truly looking forward to her time as a LAW SCHOOL...Yes We Can Fellow because she knows it will grant her access to various opportunities such as internships, networking, and law school preparatory classes.

 
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Adamari Alamillo
Fountain Fort Carson High School
Stanford University

Adamari Alamillo was born in Los Angeles, California, but moved shortly afterwards, and her home is Fountain, Colorado. A graduate of Fountain Fort Carson High School, she is attending Stanford University to pursue a B.A. in sociology with a minor in education. Through her parents, she has learned the meaning of sacrifice and resilience.

 Adamari’s parents taught her to value education, and she has taken advantage of every opportunity that has presented itself. In summer 2016, she spent seven weeks studying at Princeton as a part of the Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America program. When she heard of LAW SCHOOL...Yes We Can, she grasped this opportunity as well. She is excited to be a Fellow because she knows that being around a supportive community of people who want to fight for justice will only benefit her.

Alongside her family, she has battled through disadvantages and discrimination. These experiences have pushed her to become an advocate for human rights. She hopes to pursue this type of law in order to help others who may also be enduring similar hardships. 

 
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Saxon Bryant
Pueblo West High School
Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
 

Saxon Bryant was born in New Orleans, Lousiana and raised in Hyattsville, Maryland, Saxon Bryant moved around quite a bit before landing in Pueblo West. Growing up, Saxon faced numerous challenges due to his family's poverty and lack of resources. Through that struggle, Saxon learned self-reliance and the importance of education as a means of bettering oneself.

At Pueblo West High School (PWHS), Saxon led and succeeded in a variety of endeavors. From Speech and Debate Captain to Youth in Government House Clerk to Founder and Secretary General of his school's Model United Nations team, Saxon has never let adverse conditions prevent him from doing the things he loves. In Mock Trial, Saxon was recognized as attorney of the year at the state level by the Colorado Bar Association, and it was through mock trial that Saxon first found his interest in law. In his time at PWHS, Saxon also completed the International Baccalaureate program and graduated as a member of the National Honor Society. He is attending the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania for a degree in economics and plans to double major in political science.

Saxon is excited to be part of LAW SCHOOL...Yes We Can because law is important to every aspect of our lives. From the smallest local municipality to the White House, law plays a critical role in shaping the way we interact with the world. While still unsure which area of law he would like to pursue, Saxon is enthusiastic about interacting with a variety of mentors who will provide him with support and guidance throughout his undergraduate career. Whether it be through providing justice, improving quality of life, or ensuring the provision of rights, there is no better tool than the law

 
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Sandra
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Justice High School
Doane University in Crete, Nebraska

Sandra Cerceda-Esquivel seeks a future better than that of her mom and dad. Her, her brother, and her mother have faced many struggles. She aspires to be the best attorney she can be to help people in situations similar to hers.

Sandra graduated from Justice High School on May 24th, 2017. It was a great accomplishment, as she faced countless obstacles throughout her four years in high school. She just wants to make her mother proud—to show her mother that all of her sacrifices and overtime hours were greatly appreciated and not taken for granted. Sandra is attending Doane University in Crete, Nebraska, planning to major in Criminologoy and minor in Sociology

 
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Adriana
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Arrupe Jesuit High School
College of the Holy Cross

Adriana Guadana-Huizar is a first generation Mexican-American. As the daughter of immigrants, she wanted the best opportunity for success that she could find. As a result, she decided to attend Arrupe Jesuit High School, making a 45 minute commute every single day. Despite this challenge, she excelled at Arrupe; she was in the top of her class, held leadership positions in her school´s mock trial team and student government, and was the student speaker at the annual gala. 

As a child, Adriana saw how difficult it was for her mother to gain citizenship in a country that offers opportunity. She decided to volunteer with Mi Familia Vota to assist individuals completing the extensive N-400 form, desiring to become naturalized United States citizens. Additionally, as an intern at Bryan Cave, Adriana has witnessed first-hand who she can become one day.

As a Daniels Fund Scholar, Adriana will continue to live the values that her Jesuit education has taught her, to be a woman for and with others, at College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Adriana is pleased to be a part of LAW SCHOOL...Yes We Can. She is confident that through the support and connections this program provides, she will achieve her dream of serving underrepresented members of society.

 
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Darlenne
Guerra Arevalo

Rangeview High School
Colorado State University in Fort Collins

Darlenne Guerra Arevalo and her family moved to Aurora, Colorado in 2003 when Darlenne was just four years old. Growing up, Darlenne learned English from watching Bob Ross on PBS and whatever new words her older brothers brought back from school. Darlenne excelled in school, recognized as a talented and gifted student in the second grade. At a young age, she began to see just how easily the government tears apart families, and she realized she needed to change the system. That is where her passion for immigration law began. Darlenne realizes that many immigrants do not have a voice to speak for themselves; she aspires to be that voice for her future clients.

Darlenne Guerra Arevalo and her family moved to Aurora, Colorado in 2003 when Darlenne was just four years old. Growing up, Darlenne learned English from watching Bob Ross on PBS and whatever new words her older brothers brought back from school. Darlenne excelled in school, recognized as a talented and gifted student in the second grade. At a young age, she began to see just how easily the government tears apart families, and she realized she needed to change the system. That is where her passion for immigration law began. Darlenne realizes that many immigrants do not have a voice to speak for themselves; she aspires to be that voice for her future clients.

While at Rangeview High School, Darlenne felt the desire to make change, as well. She was involved in Student Leadership, volleyball, soccer, Link Crew, advanced performing arts, and Culture Team. Graduating as Student Body President, Darlenne is continuing her educational career at Colorado State University in Fort Collins.

Darlenne has always had a strong sense of community and knew that LAW SCHOOL...Yes We Can would allow her to meet like-minded people with similar goals. Darlenne knows that being a minority, a woman, and a low income student means the odds are stacked against her. But she also knows that with the help of her mentors, she will jump over the hurdles and reach the finish line.

 
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Andrea Macias
Arrupe Jesuit High School
University of Denver

Andrea Macias is a Colorado native and graduate of Arrupe Jesuit High School. At Arrupe, she was involved with underclassmen retreats, managing the sports teams, and participating in their very own Mock Trial team. She held leadership positions in her school's student government and represented her graduating class.

As a child, Andrea grew up wanting to be a Broadway star. As she progressed through school and mock trial, she decided to change her career path to law and shifted her dedication in becoming a lawyer. She is the first in her family to pursue a college degree, and  she is attending the University of Denver on a Pre-Law Track via Socio-Legal Studies and History majors. Andrea applied to the LAW SCHOOL...Yes We Can program because she knew with it would help her with her growth and transition from college to law school. With the guidance of the LAW SCHOOL...Yes We Can program, her goal of becoming a lawyer and managing her own firm is closer to becoming a reality.

 
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Citlalith Medrano
Arrupe Jesuit High School
Metropolitan State University of Denver

Citlalith Medrano is a first generation Mexican-American college student, born and raised in Denver, Colorado. Citlalith is attending Metropolitan State University of Denver, majoring in Psychology. She loves to meet new people, which has helped her become an open person and develop strong communication skills.

At Arrupe Jesuit High School, she was a participant in many clubs and activities, such as Mock Trial, Drama Club, Generals for Justice, and Yearbook Committee. She also volunteered at nonprofit organizations and helped with school retreats for underclassmen whenever she had the chance, becoming a woman for others.

Citlalith’s desire to help others has evolved into her career choice. She knows from experience that one's own voice may feel small or non-existent compared to others. As part of mock trial, she saw how being the voice for others is important because everyone deserves to have a voice. LAW SCHOOL...Yes We Can supports those in the program and guides them in their journey. The journey will be difficult, thought provoking, and time-consuming, but it will all be worth it in the end.

 
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Nicole Millan
Rangeview High School
University of Denver

Nicole Millan was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. She has witnessed first-hand the malpractice of the justice system via its treatment of undocumented family members. They waited 18 years for their residency but never received it. Nicole realized that this sort of carelessness is a very common trend.

Nicole graduated from Rangeview High School in 2017 and is now attending the University of Denver to pursue her belief in equality for all through law. In high school, she participated in Show Choir, Environmental Club, College Ambassadors, and Mock Trial. Although she was exposed to several different paths, Nicole decided that the courtroom is the one place that allowed her to speak freely.

Nicole hopes to be a criminal defense attorney. The insecurities she experienced because of her family’s immigration status has only encouraged her to pursue her passion for law. Through law, she expects to not only ensure that those with power do not abuse it, but also to positively impact other families that experience similar struggles. She refuses to live in a nation that proudly endorses diversity but furtively punishes those who do not fit society’s standards of an “American.”

Nicole is a LAW SCHOOL...Yes We Can Fellow because she understands the significance of community and does not only aspire to inspire others, but also hopes to be able to call this community her home. 

 
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Adamarys Nagaya
Rifle High School
University of Colorado-Boulder

Adamarys Nagaya was born in Glenwood Springs, Colorado and raised in Rifle. She graduated with honors (4.365 GPA) and her International Baccalaureate diploma from Rifle High School. During high school, she was heavily involved in her school work and various extracurricular activities. She was the Treasurer of the National Honor Society and Student Body, participated in Mock Trial (her team went to state), and played varsity soccer (she was awarded MVP, All-Conference Honorable Mention and State Academic First Team). Additionally, she held down a job at Iron Mountain Hot Springs. She does not shy away from taking on and completing challenges. She understands that through hard work, education, and dedication, anything is possible. She is attending the University of Colorado-Boulder, majoring in Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology.

At a young age, Adamarys learned about the cruelty and injustices that happen in the world. Her parents are hardworking and do everything possible to allow her to focus on her studies because only through education could Adamarys achieve a better life. Nevertheless, her parents encountered challenges, and they were essentially defenseless.

This experience is the main reason Adamarys wants to become a lawyer—so she can defend the defenseless and make sure that no one is taken advantage of. She knows that LAW SCHOOL...Yes We Can will guide her through her journey and the world of law. She did not have guidance throughout high school because her parents couldn’t help with her studies and her siblings didn’t excel in high school. She will be the first of six children to attend a university. She knows that college is going to be quite difficult and she will need some help. LAW SCHOOL...Yes We Can is the route she decided to take to pursue the help and guidance she will need. She is grateful and excited for the opportunity to be a part of the program and can’t wait for what life has in store.

 
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Silvia Popoca
North High School
George Washington University

Silvia Popoca was born and raised in Denver, Colorado, she is a graduate of North High School, and she was raised by her single mother. Although she and her family have faced many challenges, she is determined to make her dreams come true no matter how difficult it is. Throughout her high school career, she worked hard to be a straight A student. In her junior and senior year, she was a math tutor for other students. She recognized that she did well in math and thought it was important to help her peers. Now, her efforts have come to fruition. She was the Valedictorian of her class and is now attending George Washington University.

Silvia’s passion to help others is what motivated her to become a lawyer. Growing up, she saw a lot of injustice in her own family and the Hispanic community. She always heard of families that were being torn apart because the parents were in deportation. Even at school, many students would tell others to “go back to their country.” Hearing these things always made her feel like she lived in an unsafe environment.

Silvia knew that she wanted to help her community, but she didn’t know how. She sees lawyers as the kind of people who help others in need in the most significant way possible. To her, lawyers were the people in history who represented those in need and have championed rights for everyone. When she saw how lawyers sacrificed everything to protect others, she knew that law was the career she wanted to pursue.

When Silvia heard of LAW SCHOOL...Yes We Can, she knew she had to apply. She knows that the road to become a lawyer is not an easy one, but she knows that with the help of her Mentors and the program, many doors will be opened, and she will be able to accomplish her dream of becoming a lawyer.

 
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Lucia Ramirez
University of Denver

Lucia Ramirez was born in Torrance, California, but raised in Denver, Colorado. Her mother always emphasized hard work and taking advantage of all opportunities available. She has stayed true to these values by maintaining a balanced life between academics, in the rigorous International Baccalaureate program, and through commitment to community service, such as mentoring and initiating a water campaign through the Student Board of Education Challenge 5280 organization.

Lucia is the first person in her family to graduate from high school and to attend a university. She is attending the University of Denver, majoring in Accounting to understand the governmental and financial aspects of non-profit organization management. She hopes to use this knowledge to someday build a non-profit organization focused on bringing more resource equity/accessibility to education. She has a secondary major in French.

 
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Alezandro Ruvalcaba
California's Pomona College

Alezandro Ruvalcaba, York International ‘17 Valedictorian, grew up in Thornton, CO. His passion to help elevate his community is evident in the amount he's accomplished while in high school.

Ruvalcaba participated in the Mapleton District's Policy Debate team and the YouthRoots philanthropic organization. As part of former First Lady Michelle Obama’s Better Make Room Student Advisory Board, Ruvalcaba worked to establish a college-bound culture in his school. He also interned at the Smithsonian Latino Center in Washington, D.C. and History Colorado for five weeks under the Young Ambassadors Program over the summer. He is now attending California's Pomona College on a full-ride scholarship.

After graduating from Pomona, he hopes to attend law school. Moreover, he intends on working on pro bono immigration cases, then serving as a judge. His dream job is ultimately serving as a Justice on the Supreme Court of the United States, ensuring the rights of those at the margins of society are not violated.

 
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Sadei Suarez
Rifle High School
Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado-Boulder

Sadei Suarez was born and raised in Colorado. She graduated from Rifle High School with International Baccalaureate, National Honor Society, AP, and Student Council cords. She was also the Student Body President, Captain of the varsity soccer team and mock trial, and a business marketer for the National Championship STEM team.

Sadei was also a member of Colorado Close-Up, where she landed a prestigious internship with the Attorney General. Back home, she interned for the local judge during the school year, then with the District Attorney over the summer. Those experiences solidified her desire to be a lawyer. 

She is furthering her studies at the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado-Boulder. Sadie is majoring in Corporate Finance and plans to later go to law school and pursue contract law

 
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Lourdes Elicia Trujillo
Grandview High School

Lourdes Elicia Trujillo is an energetic, fun, and passionate person.  She was born and raised in the Denver metro area and attended schools in the Adams 12 and Cherry Creek School Districts. She graduated from Grandview High School.  At Grandview, Lourdes participated in team sports and peer counseling for the entirety of her high school career. She learned that her real passion was supporting and advocating for others.

Lourdes has seen first-hand the impact that lawyers can have by watching her family support others and champion social justice.  Seeing the power that quality legal support can have with children, the elderly, and immigrant families, her goal is to make a difference through law.

Lourdes is excited to be a part of LAW SCHOOL...Yes We Can because the program provides guidance and support from those in the field and unites students with similar goals.  Lourdes knows that law is not the end, but rather the means by which she hopes to change the world.


Class of 2016 FELLOWS

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Stefanie Arjona
Class of 2016 Fellow
University of Denver

Stefanie Arjona was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. As the oldest of three siblings, Stefanie knew from a young age that she had to serve as an example to others. Growing up, however, Stefanie did not have a role model for what she wanted to do: attain a higher education. Nevertheless, her parents serve as her main motive for becoming both a first-generation high school graduate and an eventual first-generation college graduate.

Stefanie was part of the founding class for her high school, STRIVE Prep - SMART Academy, from which she graduated with honors in the spring of 2016. During high school, Stefanie began to take an interest in law and social justice through her awe-inspiring classes and her community-oriented extracurricular activities. She recognized early on that minority groups are disadvantaged by unjust laws and practices. She hopes that, through her education, she will be able to aid minorities.

Stefanie currently is in her second year of college at the University of Denver. She is pursuing a double major in Sociology and Spanish with a minor in Political Science, and she has joined DU’s Mock Trial team. Stefanie is excited about being a LAW SCHOOL...Yes We Can Fellow because she will have the guidance she has longed for to get through college and law school to become an immigration lawyer and serve her community.

Stefanie Arjona was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. As the oldest of three siblings, Stefanie knew from a young age that she had to serve as an example to others. Growing up, however, Stefanie did not have a role model for what she wanted to do: attain a higher education. Nevertheless, her parents serve as her main motive for becoming both a first-generation high school graduate and an eventual first-generation college graduate.

Stefanie was part of the founding class for her high school, STRIVE Prep - SMART Academy, from which she graduated with honors in the spring of 2016. During high school, Stefanie began to take an interest in law and social justice through her awe-inspiring classes and her community-oriented extracurricular activities. She recognized early on that minority groups are disadvantaged by unjust laws and practices. She hopes that, through her education, she will be able to aid minorities.

Stefanie currently is in her second year of college at the University of Denver. She is pursuing a double major in Sociology and Spanish with a minor in Political Science, and she has joined DU’s Mock Trial team. Stefanie is excited about being a LAW SCHOOL...Yes We Can Fellow because she will have the guidance she has longed for to get through college and law school to become an immigration lawyer and serve her community.

 
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Larrisa Alire
Coe College in Cedar Rapid

Larrisa Alire was born in Denver, Colorado, and her mother raised her and her older sister.  She is a first generation college student who is attending Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on a full tuition scholarship. She is majoring in Political Science.  At Coe, she has served as a student senator and created the first Latino organization on campus, called Latinx! Larrisa aspires to become a district attorney. Being involved in the Denver Urban Debate League all four years of high school helped her develop exceptional public speaking skills and prepared her to be in a courtroom.  Larrisa wants to be a lawyer because she found her voice through debate and wants to help speak for people who have yet to find theirs.  
 
She is very excited to be able to experience the mentoring and workshops that LAW SCHOOL...Yes We Can provides. She appreciates that the program is assisting her on her career and life journey.  As the first in her family to choose a law career path, she welcomes all the help she can get.  She truly looks forward to continued interactions with other LAW SCHOOL...Yes We Can Fellows who share ambitions similar to hers. 

 
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Edgar Chavarria
University of San Diego

Edgar Chavarria is a first generation, second-year college student studying History and Political Science at the University of San Diego. Serving as a Tutor Coordinator at a Title I, low-income middle school located minutes from USD's campus, Edgar is responsible for working with administrators and one-on-one with two students who are recent immigrants to the U.S. Because of this leadership, , nominated Edgar to be the university’s Newman Representative. Edgar also mentors first year students in Student Support Services, which supports low income students, first generation students, and students with disabilities. Next year, Edgar hopes to bring La Raza Legal Society to USD and to work with Associated Students, as well.

Edgar developed a true interest in the law after working in Judge Arguello’s chambers for his senior capstone project. Edgar officially became part of LAW SCHOOL...Yes We Can in 2016. He now walks throughout USD’s campus feeling well-grounded and prepared because of the support that LAW SCHOOL...Yes We Can and his mentors provide.

Edgar Chavarria is a first generation, second-year college student studying History and Political Science at the University of San Diego. Serving as a Tutor Coordinator at a Title I, low-income middle school located minutes from USD's campus, Edgar is responsible for working with administrators and one-on-one with two students who are recent immigrants to the U.S. Because of this leadership, , nominated Edgar to be the university’s Newman Representative. Edgar also mentors first year students in Student Support Services, which supports low income students, first generation students, and students with disabilities. Next year, Edgar hopes to bring La Raza Legal Society to USD and to work with Associated Students, as well.

Edgar developed a true interest in the law after working in Judge Arguello’s chambers for his senior capstone project. Edgar officially became part of LAW SCHOOL...Yes We Can in 2016. He now walks throughout USD’s campus feeling well-grounded and prepared because of the support that LAW SCHOOL...Yes We Can and his mentors provide.

 
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Aluel Nyang Doldol Arrupe Jesuit High School University of Notre Dame

Aluel Nyang Doldol was born in Abyei, South Sudan (a country in East Africa). The long civil war between North and South Sudan forced Aluel and her family to leave behind the many familiar aspects of the oil town of Abyei, which had essentially become a ghost town. Everything was gone. The family then walked to Kakuma, a Refugee Camp in Northern Kenya. The journey was long and dangerous, taking about a year as the family had to avoid cluster bombs while walking at night. After several hard years in Kakuma, Aluel’s mother eventually gained refugee status and chose to move her children and her deceased brother’s children, who she had adopted, to the United States of America.

While living in the refugee camp, Aluel was inspired by an aid worker, Rebecca, who happened to be a lawyer. Rebecca helped sort out the legal status of the Doldol family and spent her free time teaching the camp’s huge classes. At the age of six, Aluel decided that she would be a lawyer, just like Rebecca. 

Aluel is participating in LAW SCHOOL...Yes We Can because the program will help her reach one of her many goals,. Aluel then hopes to use her education to help develop the entire continent of Africa. The mentorship Aluel will receive from the program will give her the necessary support to succeed as a first generation student: in South Bend, Indiana at the University of Notre Dame, in law school, and in life.

 
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Jennifer Enriquez
Denver Center for International Studies at Montbello
University of Denver

Jennifer Enriquez was born in Denver, Colorado. She graduated from the Denver Center for International Studies at Montbello with a 4.1 GPA. She is now a second year student at the University of Denver and is the first one in her family to pursue higher education. She is part of a program that empowers women of all backgrounds to be leaders, called Colorado Women’s College Leadership Scholars Program. She is also part of a multicultural sorority called Pi Lambda Chi Latina Sorority Incorporated, which is a support system that promotes education and community service.
 
Jennifer has a passion for travel and learning about new cultures.  While in high school, Jennifer received a scholarship to travel to Uganda and Rwanda for three weeks.  In addition, she has traveled to South Korea. Coming from a low-income family with very protective parents, she never imagined travelling abroad by herself.  However, as a result of her travels, she now knows that she can accomplish whatever she sets her mind to.
 
Jennifer discovered her passion for justice because of the many injustices she has lived and experienced. In particular, she remembers when her father was the victim of a hate crime and the authorities took no action to find the perpetrator, merely because they did not understand Spanish, a language barrier that could have easily been overcome. Jennifer believes that the United States’ promises of liberty and justice for all should actually apply to everyone.  She aspires to become a lawyer to ensure that the rights of all people, even those who may not speak English, are protected.  By participating in LAW SCHOOL...Yes We Can, Jennifer hopes to gain the knowledge and support she needs to become a successful applicant to law school.

 
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Kassandra Escoto
Metropolitan State University

Kassandra Escoto was born in Denver, Colorado. She has learned many things throughout her journey. She learned that many things can be taken away from you, but that no one can take your education. No matter where she found herself, she continued to work hard in school. Kassandra’s goal of becoming a lawyer initiated with a family member’s interaction with the broken immigration system. This event aimed her towards becoming an immigration lawyer. Kassandra currently is a sophomore at Metropolitan State University.

Although she is unsure of her major, she is indeed sure of one thing: that she will go to law school with the support of her brilliant LAW SCHOOL...Yes We Can Mentors. Kassandra believes she is blessed to have been selected to become part of this incredible program. She will reach the stars because she has all of the support she needs.

 
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Janelle Martinez
Academy High School of Science and Technology
University of Colorado Boulder

Janelle Martinez is a first generation Sophomore at the University of Colorado Boulder. She majors in Ethnic Studies with minors in Women and Gender Studies and Communications. She grew up in Denver, near Five Points, and she attended the Academy High School of Science and Technology. Janelle, is a sorority that She is excited to have been a LAW SCHOOL...Yes We Can Fellow for over a year and a half now - meeting so many inspiring people, including her mentors, Marci Fulton and Katie Steefel.

 
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Katya Martinez
University of Colorado-Boulder

Katya Martinez is the first in her family to attend college. Because she is Hispanic and because of her family’s history, she strives to perform her best when it comes to her education. Her education is the greatest opportunity for a meaningful job where she can help others, have a family, and guide her brothers to a better future.

Katya is a sophomore at the University of Colorado-Boulder. Katya currently is in the Leeds School of Business, majoring in Accounting, and plans on earning a certificate in Real Estate. One day, she hopes to be able to pay it forward to those who have helped her throughout her college years.

Katya’s life has always revolved around immigration, so she wants to become an immigration attorney. She wants to be able to help immigrants who come to the United States for a better life and fight for their rights. She believes that LAW SCHOOL...Yes We Can! will guide her through this process and help her achieve her dreams.

 
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Esly Reyes
Regis University

Esly Reyes is from Basalt, Colorado, and she currently attends Regis University as a sophomore. She is pursuing a double major in Spanish and Peace and Justice. She chose these majors because she wants to understand the cause of injustice in our society and then be able to create justice and peace. This is also why she is interested in law. She wants to change our society for the better, help the oppressed, and create ways to fix the damage we, as a country, have done to ourselves and other countries. Esly also hopes to be able to travel the world and photograph the beauty of this world in unexpected moments.

 
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Getssemany Rivera
University of Denver

At the early age of five, Getssemany Rivera’s  family moved to Denver, Colorado. Since then, Colorado has been her home. A single parent raised her and encouraged her ongoing passion for learning by emphasizing the importance of education. Getssemany is the first in her family to attend college.

She is currently a sophomore at the University of Denver and is a double major in Political Science and Psychology with a minor in Leadership Studies. Her ultimate goal is to become a lawyer and help inform the public of their rights in order to build stronger ties between the justice system and the people. She currently is exploring the career as a legal assistant at a small law firm in Denver.

Getssemany is excited to continue to be a part of LAW SCHOOL...Yes We Can because it will help her build strong connections with people who have been in similar situations as herself. She is forever grateful to be part of a program that will provide the assistance every college student needs throughout their college experience. She believes the program will provide her with lifelong skills that will make her a better candidate for law school and as her career in the law world begins.

   

 
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Magali Rocha
Class of 2016 Fellow
Red Rocks Community College

Magali Rocha was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. Magali graduated from CEC Middle College of Denver and is the first in her family to attend college. She plans to major in English and minor in Philosophy.

Magali works for Groundwork Denver, a non-profit organization that supports sustained improvement of the physical environment and promotes health and well-being through community-based partnerships and action. She cherishes the outdoors and loves to travel. During the summer of 2015, she had the opportunity to travel to Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, and she built amazing friendships with other teenagers from all over the United States. She is proud of the fact that she became a Youth Supervisor in the summer of 2017. She lead a group of high school students through many trips and events, encouraging the youth to appreciate nature.

Magali thought she wanted to be a police officer after graduating from high school. However, after participating in Mock Trial her senior year, she found her passion - law. Magali wants to be able to help others who can’t speak for themselves. Magali strongly believes in equal justice and treating everyone - regardless of race, culture, or religion - with respect. She applied to LAW SCHOOL...Yes We Can because she knew it was the next step towards her future career. She hopes to be the best lawyer she can possibly be and hopes to make a difference, not necessarily in the world, but at least in someone’s life.

 

 
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Frida Silva
University of Colorado Denver

Frida Silva was born in Louisville, Colorado to immigrants from Zacatecas, Mexico. Frida grew up in Longmont, Colorado, where she obtained all of her K-12 education. She has always been heavily involved in her school and always challenged herself academically. During her junior year in high school, she became interested in her AP U.S. Government and Politics course. That then transitioned into her specialized studies at the University of Colorado Denver as Political Science major. As the first to graduate from high school and the first to attend college, her family constantly supports her in her higher education journey. Frida currently works at her university’s food pantry as a media outreach coordinator. Her love for politics led to her other position on the Student Advisory Committee to the Auraria Board Chair in CU Denver’s Student Government Association. There, she works with her peers representing the student voice.

Frida is proud to be in LAW SCHOOL...Yes We Can because it strives to provide underrepresented college students with opportunities and resources to succeed in a rigorous field that lacks diversity. She is motivated by the support system within LAW SCHOOL...Yes We Can, from the peers to the Mentors to Judge Arguello and the many others who contribute. Because she is given this opportunity, she wants to use this resource to the fullest and extend her work as a student representative and later represent others through the field of law.


Class of 2015 FELLOWS

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Alexis Cano
Academy High School
Front Range Community College

Alexis Cano was born and raised in Denver, CO; her family is originally from Namiquipa, Chihuahua. Alexis learned to become independent at a very young age. She started working at the age of 16 and continued working throughout high school. Alexis continues to work and go to school simultaneously to accomplish her goals. Her biggest motivation to move on in life has been her family.

Alexis recently graduated from Front Range Community College with her Associate of

Arts degree with a designation of Criminal Justice. She is now attending the University of Northern Colorado with a major in Criminal Justice and minor in Legal Studies. During her two years at FRCC, Alexis held a work study position at the Student Life Office and was also a student coordinator for the Career Success Center. She was very involved on campus. Alexis was a TRIO participant, part of the National Society of Leadership and Success, and was also involved in student orientation, leadership retreats, and student panels on campus. Alexis was also active with Latinas Increasing Political Strength and traveled to Washington, DC to lobby Congress.

Alexis will one day become an immigration attorney. Her passion for standing up for what she believes in has always been a part of her personality. Growing up, Alexis would always ask herself why she had to go all the way to Mexico to visit her family. The border that got in between her family motivated her to help her family and her community. This is when she decided to get a postsecondary education and one day go to law school. She strongly believes that everyone has the right to an equal opportunity in the United States.

 
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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...Yes We Can 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...Yes We Can.  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 is a Junior at the University of Colorado-Boulder. She has a major in Psychology, a minor in Spanish, and she will be taking up a Primary Education teaching license in Fall 2019. She also mentors first year students through the First Generation Student program at CU. During her first two years of college, Ashley was a fulltime student while also working on and off campus. On campus, she was a work study at the law library. Off campus, she worked as a Medication Aid in a nursing home for the elderly. 

During the Fall 2017 semester, Ashley studied abroad at La Universidad de Costa Rica. Ashley is not bilingual, and she feels studying Spanish in Costa Rica has been the best decision she has made so far because i wa. She highly recommends studying abroad to any and every student that has the chance to do so! 

In 2015, Ashley entered college with the desire to one day be an immigration lawyer (hence the reason she wanted to be bilingual). She wanted to help keep families together. She wanted to be an advocate for others who could not do so themselves. To her, being a lawyer (of any sort) means helping others, which was the most important factor in a career for her. However, her experience in Costa Rica has reminded her of her love for children. While in Costa Rica, she volunteered at an orphanage. Helping and spending time with those children encouraged Ashley to apply to CU’s Primary Education teaching license program. 

After graduation, Ashley would like to spend a few years teaching. After teaching, she would then like to attend law school. Ashley spent her first two years of college limiting herself to only one career, but she has realized that she wants to do so much more. 

 
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Matthew Hinze
Air Academy High School    
University of Northern Colorado

Matthew Hinze is currently studying Software Engineering, with a minor in Political Science, at the University of Northern Colorado. He is also a member of the Honors Interdisciplinary Program. Since entering college, Matthew has worked at UNC Catering and is currently a Student Supervisor. His interests include listening to music, computers, and playing video games. He has decided to not attend law school immediately after graduating, but he is interested in pursuing IP or patent law after working in the technology field for a few years. 

Law School Yes We Can has provided Matthew with more once-in-a-lifetime opportunities than he could have imagined. He has toured the Colorado Supreme Court and taken part in workshops that have helped him become successful in college. He has also have received advice from his Mentors and others involved in the program, and that advice has already positively impacted his life.

 
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Rebecca Huerta
Air Academy High School    
Baylor University

Rebecca Elizabeth Ruiz Huerta was born in Greeley, Colorado, and her family later moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado. Growing up, she always had a book in her hand and always wanted to go to the library. Inspired by the hard work and dedication of her parents, Rebecca was motivated to succeed in school, which resulted in finding her love for the law and the legal system. Her favorite English teacher encouraged her to join the mock trial team, and she spent three years dedicated to her teammates and the law. Rebecca graduated with honors from Air Academy High School, and  her dedication to school enabled her to go to Baylor University.

When the opportunity of Law School Yes We Can presented itself, Rebecca wanted to become involved because of the connections the program could offer her. She also desired to expand her knowledge of lawyers, the legal field, and the process of applying to law school. Law School Yes We Can has provided opportunities for Rebecca to meet lawyers in different fields, opened up doors for internships, and enabled her to stay connected to Colorado while she is living in Texas.

 
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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 lived in Park County, Colorado for 8 years before graduating from high school in 2015.  She is a Junior at the University of Denver, majoring in Criminology and International Studies.  She is also part of the University’s Pioneer Leadership Program, earning a minor in Leadership. As a Sophomore, she worked on a Community Change Initiative that  addressed racial inequality within the justice system. She spent the year working alongside three of her peers, and the project’s goal was easing the tensions that exist among Denver’s minority groups and the Denver Police Department. Their mission was to integrate DPD officers into the community through volunteer opportunities with the hope that doing so would build trust and understanding and minimize tension and stigma. 

Victoria’s involvement at DU does not stop there. As a Daniels Scholar, she serves as an ambassador at her campus. She dedicates hours to mentoring her fellow Scholars and planning events to provide for a strong community. She works alongside her Scholars Relations Officer and Campus Liaison to ensure the success of all the Daniels Scholars at DU. 

Victoria solidified her goal 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 continue to fight for social justice. 

LAW SCHOOL...Yes We Can is important to her because it provides her with internship opportunities and networking experiences with professionals in the field. She looks forward to continuing to grow as a young scholar within LAW SCHOOL...Yes We Can. The program allows her to receive incomparable preparation for the LSAT and guidance throughout the law school admissions process. She feels blessed to be part of a program of such influence.V

 
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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 do so effectively. She attended Arrupe Jesuit High School, where she learned to be a woman for others, on an academic scholarship. Her self-advocacy paid off with a full scholarship to Loyola University-Chicago, where she now advocates for others through volunteering and mentoring. 

Carolina’s desire to support others drew her to want to become a lawyer. Carolina would like to be a trial lawyer and work for justice, but she knows there is much to do in order to get there. She knows the hard work ethic her parents instilled in her will help her uphold her passion for justice.  However, she also understands that the fulfillment of every dream requires learning from those who have made it to the finish line, which is why she appreciates the support and guidance from her Mentors. LAW SCHOOL...Yes We Can has helped guide her in her journey. She has the tools, support, and fortitude that will lead her to her goal: to become a lawyer who upholds justice.

 
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Deisy Munoz Viesca

Deisy Munoz Viesca calls Thornton, Colorado home. As a first-generation college student, she has been witness to her parents’ persistence and hard work to provide for their family. From an early age, her parents engraved in her the importance of education. The resilience of her family inspired Deisy to pursue a career in law. With first-hand experience in our broken immigration system, Deisy hopes to advocate on behalf of those unable to do so. Thanks to LAW SCHOOL...Yes We Can, she will pursue a legal career, something not attainable to many people with her background. 

Now in her third year of undergraduate school, Deisy just finished doing a semester in Washington D.C. as a policy intern for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in their Migration and Refugee Department. This experience has further opened her eyes to the variety of fields to which a law degree can take her. Now more than ever, she sees the desperate need to bring people with her experience to Washington. The constant support from board members, Mentors, and Fellows within LAW SCHOOL...Yes We Can has sparked a sincere need to give back. Just as the program has given so much to her.

 
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Esperanza Molina  
Arrupe Jesuit High School  
University of Denver

Esperanza Ortiz is 21 years old, and she attended the University of Denver. Due to some difficulties, she had to take time away from college, and she has since moved to Colorado Springs, where her military husband is stationed. Nevertheless, she began obtaining legal experience by working at a private criminal defense and personal injury firm. That position helped her transition into her current work with the Alternate Defense Counsel (ADC). She has had the opportunity to work with many attorneys in Denver and Colorado Springs. She looks forward to working with more attorneys and expanding her knowledge. Her goal is to become a defense attorney, and she is working very hard to make that dream come true.

 
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Brittany Solomon
Rangeview High School
Colorado State University

Brittany Solomon was born in Medford, Oregon, and she was a year old when 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 is studying at Colorado State University.  She is majoring in International Studies with a concentration in Europe, and she plans to declare a minor in Legal Studies.  Throughout her time in college, she has been part of the Global Village community, worked in the Office of International Programs on campus, and plans to be a member of the Model UN on campus.

Brittany aspires to work in international law because she wants to help disadvantaged people who may not have access to lawyers or legal systems.  Brittany’s involvement in community service and various other programs has shown her the need for diverse, culturally aware 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...Yes We Can Fellow because she hopes to develop partnerships with experienced lawyers and 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 can be beneficial. Despite the challenges college will continue to present her with, Brittany knows that participating in this program will be worth it.

 
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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 descent and his mother of Mexican descent. His mother is a first-generation U.S. citizen, and her first language is Spanish. Kevin 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 biomedical sciences with a minor in communication. Due to his experiences in life, Kevin has a particular interest in helping people with disabilities, particularly those with invisible disabilities. During 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, competed all four years in high school, and made it to the state mock trial competition twice.

While attending UCCS, Kevin has developed an interest in the medical field. During his sophomore year, he took part in a medical brigade to Nicaragua and discovered an additional path to fulfill his passion for helping others. Now in his junior year, Kevin has decided to apply for medical school upon graduation and pursue a career in medicine before attending law school. Regardless of which profession Kevin pursues first, he plans on honoring his promise to LAW SCHOOL...Yes We Can to return Colorado to practice, as well as attend law school.


Class of 2014 FELLOWS

  

ALEXIS CLARK
Cherokee Trail
High School
Colorado State University

Alexis Clark is a senior at Colorado State University, with a major in Business Administration, a minor in Legal Studies, and certificates in Managing Human Resources, International Business, and Leadership in Organizations.  She has been very active at CSU, involved in many clubs and organizations. She is a member of multiple honor societies, a member of the Business Diversity Leadership Alliance, President of Pre-Law Club, and President of the Student Legal Services Advisory Board. As a full-time student, Lexi also has always worked full time. Currently, she is Supervisor of Customer Relations with Frontier Airlines. Alexis studied abroad in Spain the first semester of her senior year because one of her Mentors urged her to do so.

As the first in her family to graduate from high school, Alexis has always had to find her own answers and create her own path. Her parents rooted the drive to be successful in her and showed her, through their life, what she wants. Alexis has seen members of her family struggle with the law and seen how the legal system can take advantage of them because of their lack of education. Alexis has wanted to become a lawyer since the second grade. Alexis has been able to sit in a courtroom and loves every aspect of the law. She has seen the corporate side, government side, and smaller firm side of the law. She loves that you can take so many avenues with the law. She states, “A case is a like a puzzle, each side of the case is given the same pieces and it is up to them to make the best finished puzzle.” Alexis has had multiple internships. She has interned at the City Attorney’s Office, at a law firm in Fort Collins, and at Frontier Airlines with the in-house counsel. As a first generation mixed woman, Alexis, with the aid of LAW SCHOOL...Yes We Can, is on her way of completing her dream of becoming a successful attorney. 

 
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ALMA HINOJOSA
Arrupe Jesuit High School 
University of Colorado-Boulder

Alma Hinojosa is from Aurora, Colorado. She is in her last year at CU-Boulder, majoring in English Literature with a minor in Ethnic Studies and a certificate in Leadership Studies. Alma’s passion for education has fueled many accomplishments, like studying abroad at Tel Aviv University in Israel. Studying in Tel Aviv has allowed her to understand people, traditions, and culture in a way that cannot be taught in a classroom setting. During her time there, she learned the basics of Hebrew, played goalie for the Tel Aviv University soccer team, and visited areas such as the West Bank. 

Upon her return to Colorado, Alma landed an internship at Ball Corporation Headquarters, where she has spent the last two summers. She interned for the Diversity and Inclusion Department, and she learned the importance of a diverse workforce that supports company growth. She also learned the steps necessary to maintain an inclusive and safe environment for all people. During her last year at CU-Boulder, Alma is doing undergraduate student research for the Aquetza Academic Summer Program, focusing on Mexican@ and Chican@ youth sociopolitical development, particularly through science education. After college, she would like to impact her community by obtaining a law degree with a focus on education policy and working towards improving the public education system.

 
  

JASMINE LUNA
Arrupe Jesuit High School
Regis University

Jasmine Luna is a first generation Mexican-American, born and raised in Denver, CO. She is currently a senior at Regis University, majoring in Business Administration. After graduation in May 2018, she plans to take a gap year before applying to law school. Her goal is to be enrolled in law school in the fall of 2019.

Jasmine has dreamed of becoming a lawyer since she was a little girl. In high school, she joined her mock trial team and enjoyed the adrenaline rush she felt while standing in front of a jury to deliver an opening statement. Through her mock trial coaches, she discovered LAW SCHOOL...Yes We Can and knew she could not pass up the opportunity to become a Fellow. She has taken advantage of every opportunity the program has had to offer. Jasmine is interested in being a lawyer because she wants to make a difference. She wants to be able to be the voice for people who may not necessarily be able to be heard.

The program has reinforced Jasmine’s desire to become a lawyer throughout the years. She earned an internship at the Denver City Attorney’s Office. There, she saw how the city and county courts work and with what type of cases. She also earned an internship at Molson Coors Brewing Company, working closely with their in-house lawyers. Jasmine discovered that transactional work was also something she might be interested in pursuing. Law School Si Se Puede’s exposure programs have made Jasmine open to and interested in exploring even more areas of the law.

 
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TOMAS MANRIQUEZ-HERNANDEZ
Strive Prep
Syracuse University

Tomas Manriquez-Hernandez was born to a family escaping persecution by the cartels in Michoacán, Mexico: to a father who was nearly beaten to death and to a mother who was determined to cross the border with him in utero following the incident. Tomas’ parents have now earned legal status, but their experiences earmarked  him with a grit and determination that set him on a path to pursue a career that meant more than prosperity for himself. He is a recent graduate of the Maxwell School at Syracuse University, where he double-majored in Political Philosophy and Citizenship and Civic Engagement. Tomas intends to take these law and policy studies and effect change not only among his closest circles, but also in the communities that have raised him. 

Firsthand experience with the disenfranchisement and abuse of migrant workers, along with the racism and violence in communities of color, only strengthened Tomas’ ability to tackle these problems through law and policy. Thanks to programs like Law School Yes We Can, Tomas has access to mentors and role models who have succeeded and strive to better their community, and they have his same caramel complexion and large deep-set brown eyes. Tomas intends to attend law school and become a prosecutor to balance the scales and ensure that regardless of background, justice is sought. Following his work there, he plans on entering local politics to advocate for the beautiful black and brown communities that have raised him.

 
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JENNIFER TAMARIZ
Arrupe Jesuit High School
Loyola University-Chicago

Jennifer Tamariz is a first generation Mexican-American and graduate student at Loyola University Chicago School of Social Work. She was born and raised in Denver, Colorado and also attended Loyola University as an undergraduate on a full ride scholarship. She will be graduating in May of 2018 with her Masters in Social Work, specializing in children and families. At Loyola University School of Social Work, Jennifer was awarded the Pathways to Academic, Career, and Employment Success Scholarship – a scholarship awarded to incoming MSW students who come from economically, academically, ethnically and/or environmentally disadvantaged backgrounds and demonstrate academic success, community engagement and promise in the social work field. 

Jennifer’s experiences have inspired her to change the status quo and reduce barriers to equality among all communities. Upon graduation, Jennifer wishes to gain a few years of experience working with children and families, particularly serving the Latino community, prior to attending law school. Jennifer attributes much of her success to LAW SCHOOL...Yes We Can. Her Mentors are some of the most supportive people in her life, and through the program, she has had the opportunity to meet extremely influential Latino leaders. She also served as a legal intern with Molson Coors during the summer of 2017. Jennifer plans to attend law school and develop more tools to advocate for others, as so many legal problems are often intertwined with social and economic issues. Earning a Juris Doctorate will allow her to become an involved leader, helping to create law and social policies to provide comprehensive services and meet the diverse needs of various populations. Jennifer is determined to achieve her career goals despite any obstacle that may come her way.  

 
        

VIRIDIANA VALDEZ
Adams City High School 
University of Colorado-Boulder

Viridiana Valdez is a fourth year student at the University of Colorado Boulder. She is on track to graduate in May of 2018 with a degree in Business Management and a minor in Spanish. She hopes to continue onto law school in the fall of 2018 to become an attorney in the field of employment. The topic of employment and wage theft is important to her because she has been able to see the tremendous impact it has on people through her internship at Towards Justice. In Colorado, wage theft is an increasing problem impacting many employees, especially those of color. Viridiana hopes to help those people get justice and paid what they are due for their work. Viridiana will be the first in her family to have attended and graduated from college. 

Ever since Viridiana was in the seventh grade, she has had her mind set on attending law school and becoming an attorney. This desire and dream arose from her love of helping people, and she believed that becoming an attorney would grant her the power necessary to provide that help. As she grew older she learned that, while it was impossible to help every person in need, she could still help many people with a legal problem. Like many teenagers who are applying to college, she was discouraged when she received her one rejection letter. She then began to doubt and question her career goals of becoming an attorney and thought she was probably heading in the wrong direction. That is until she heard of LAW SCHOOL...Yes We Can

Viridiana’s dedication to LAW SCHOOL...Yes We Can comes from not only her gratitude towards everyone involved in the program, but also because of the continuous effort to inspire and motivate the Fellows. Everyone involved in this program is nothing but eager when it comes to helping students succeed, from the Founders, to the Board Members, to the Mentors and even the other Fellows. Viridiana strongly believes LAW SCHOOL...Yes We Can is responsible for so many of her doors opening and will encourage anyone thinking about attending law school to apply and take part in this program. 

 
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DIMITRIUS WELLS
Denver School of Science & Technology
Denver University

Dimities Wells is originally from Nebraska, but his family moved to Colorado when his military father retired. When he was younger, he wanted to be the Governor, but he was told immediately that would never happen. It was recommended that he find a career that would be more “fitting.” Young, Dimitrius believed his then family doctor, so he changed his career just slightly, to becoming a lawyer. Much older now, he realizes that the doctor should have never discouraged him, and he realizes that he can  become Governor.

Dimitrius is a senior, soon graduating from the University of Denver with a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration in Finance. He has two minors: Business Law and Communications. He chose Business Law because it enabled him to work with professors who have law degrees, and they were his most interesting classes. He initially chose Finance because he wanted to be guaranteed a job upon graduation. However, he has realized that he can use his degree in numerous fields of law, such as Mergers and Acquisitions, which is what he currently is considering. 

With the help of his Mentors and the program, Dimitrius has learned that law is definitely something that he wants to do. He joined Law School Yes We Can because he imagined students of color finally winning in the legal industry. The amount of connections he has made through this program is more than he could ask for, and he is truly grateful for this organization. He has learned that the legal industry is heavily dependent on connections, which is ultimately how lawyers become successful and get a book of business. He hopes to keep in touch with everyone he has met thus far so that we can continue to help each other in the future.

 
  

JESSE ZAMORA
South High School
University of Colorado-Boulder

Jesse Zamora  is a Workforce Instructor with Goodwill Industries of Denver, based at College View Elementary. Jesse arrived in Denver after bouncing around places like Seagraves, Texas and Omaha, Nebraska after his parents left their native country, Mexico, to find a better life in the United States. Jesse’s parents made it their mission to live a life of opportunity through hard work. 

He grew up in a neighborhood many have passed but never really seen, Globeville. His home was a block away from the underpass where I-70 meets I-25. Highway noise, ground pollution, and a neighborhood of broken homes were constant and may even be to blame for activating his lupus in high school. But none of this deterred Jesse from going where he wanted to go. He promised himself that every morning he went to school, it was with purpose to learn, excel, and prepare for the next step. College gave him the opportunity to learn subjects that he craved and to be part of a larger community. Fast-forward, and Jesse has earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science through a Daniels Fund scholarship. It has been almost a year and a half since Jesse graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Bringing those four years to closure began a whole new chapter in his life, reigniting his persistence to keep searching for what he wants to do in life.  

His job at Goodwill Industries of Denver has brought him an exceptional amount of joy as he helps people increase their chances for improved futures.  His new job has given him perspective on what he can offer these communities through the law.  Specialized help is in great demand and there is very little supply.  He now sees the need from the frontline versus simply knowing about it, and it inspires him to push himself harder because it will also be a gateway to their improvement. 


“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)