Meet Our Mentors
Northwestern University School of Law
Reuben Aguirre graduated from the University of Denver with a degree in International Studies and Spanish. He is a Denver native and an alumnus of Denver Public Schools. Currently he is a first year law student at Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago. Reuben has experience working with middle and high school students as a coach and workshop leader in the Denver Urban Debate League, campaigning for public education initiatives, and interning as a CLLARO Capitol Fellow under House Representative Dominic Moreno. Most recently he worked with Colorado Legal Services in Alamosa, CO, conducting outreach and client intake with migrant farm workers. His recent experience navigating the law school application process as a first generation college student inspired him to volunteer as a mentor for LAW SCHOOL…Sí Se Puede in order to help make the process a little more manageable for the next generation.
University of Denver – Sturm College of Law
Adrien Anderson is a second year law student at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law with an interest in corporate governance and securities law. At DU, she is a member of the Black Law Students Association, the Business Law Society, the Tribal Wills Project, and is a student attorney in the Community Economic Development Clinic. Outside of school, Adrien works in the community with Teach for America Colorado as an advisory board member and a Collective diversity initiative member. Adrien also serves as a member of Magistrate Judge Mix’s Dream Team.
Her commitment to being a mentor for a LAW SCHOOL…Sí Se Puede Fellow derives from her background in education and her belief in educational equity. Adrien views LAW SCHOOL…Sí Se Puede as an opportunity to help the Denver community grow and embrace diversity by providing support to Denver's brightest young diverse students.
Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP (DGS)
Damian Arguello is a partner at Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP (DGS), one of Colorado’s most venerable law firms. Damian is a first-generation college graduate, whose working-class parents moved to Colorado from New Mexico as children during the Great Depression and dropped out of school in the eighth grade to support their families. After graduation from the University of Denver Daniels College of Business in 1990, Damian worked for 11 years as an insurance claims professional. His work for insurance companies took him around the country. Later he worked with a major Albuquerque-based insurance brokerage, where he advocated for policyholders in claims disputes. Longing for more challenge and desiring to help others, Damian returned to the University of Denver in 2001 and attended law school at night while continuing his insurance career. He graduated from the DU Sturm College of Law in 2004. Upon graduation, he joined DGS as an associate and was elected to equity partnership in 2012. His practice focuses on risk management and insurance issues and environmental litigation.
Damian joined LAW SCHOOL… Sí Se Puede for the same reason he has mentored people throughout his insurance and legal careers: he has had great mentors from elementary school to the present and wants to pay it forward.
Assistant City Attorney
Ron Arguello graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2007 with a degree in Finance and Entrepreneurship. In 2012, he obtained a Juris Doctorate with a certificate in Entrepreneurial Law from the same institution. Ron is an Assistant City Attorney with the City of Arvada where he is a prosecutor with well over 100 trials under his belt. Ron also provides general counsel and advice on the various legal issues that arise in the City’s day to day operations.
Ron became involved with LAW SCHOOL…Sí Se Puede because he believes that he can help students make the most of their college and law school experience. For example, during his time at CU Law School, Ron was elected as school-wide communications officer for the Student Bar Association, participated as a member of both CU Law’s National Mock Trial Team and Hispanic National Bar Association Moot Court Team. During his third year of law school, Ron interned with the City of Arvada, where pursuant to the Colorado Student Practice Act, he was able to prosecute and complete 28 trials before he graduated law school.
Ron is actively involved with the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association where he currently serves as the Vice President of Committees and previously chaired the Young Lawyers Division. He also helps coach the Arrupe Jesuit High School Mock Trial team.
University of Colorado School of Law
Christine Black is a student at University of Colorado School of Law. She received her undergraduate degree in Criminology from University of Maryland. Prior to law school, she spent 9 years in the United States Army in the operations and intelligence fields, where she developed a love of mentoring. She currently works for the 18th Judicial District, Office of the District Attorney and, in the past, she has interned with the Colorado Coalition against Sexual Assault and the U.S. Coast Guard.
She participated in the Hispanic National Bar Association LEAP program last summer and learned that volunteering within her own community could be even more rewarding. Volunteering as a mentor with LAW SCHOOL…Sí Se Puede seemed like a natural extension of her desire to provide role models within her community and to help others reach their full potential.
Matthew Cron is an attorney at Rathod Mohamedbhai LLC. His practice includes civil rights litigation, employment discrimination, and criminal defense. Prior to joining Rathod Mohamedbhai LLC, he served a two-year term as a law clerk to the Honorable Christine M. Arguello on the United States District Court for the District of Colorado.
Before coming to Colorado, Matt graduated from Columbia University Law School where he twice received the Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar award. At Columbia, Matt served as a Staff Editor for the Human Rights Law Review and as an Article Editor for the Jailhouse Lawyer’s Manual, a treatise intended to protect the constitutional rights of prisoners. Matt also served as the Membership Chair for Rights link, an organization dedicated to funding human rights research. During law school, Matt interned at the ACLU of Southern California, the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem, and for federal magistrate judge Theodore H. Katz. Matt was also a summer associate at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher in New York in their litigation department.
University of Colorado Denver
Adelita DeHerrera is the Contracts Manager at the University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus Office of Grants and Contracts specializing in legal and regulatory compliance as it relates to sponsored research in higher education. The University is one of the 25 largest public research universities in total awards ($421 million, 2009-2010). Prior to joining the University, Adelita served as a judicial law clerk for Colorado 17th Judicial District Court Judge Thomas R. Ensor. While attending the University of Colorado Law School, Adelita served as an intern at the Colorado Department of Law, Office of the Attorney General and represented clients as a student attorney for CU Law’s Criminal Defense Clinic. As a law student, Adelita served on the Executive Committee for both the Latino Law Students Association and the Women’s Law Caucus. In recognition of her leadership she was awarded the Outstanding Latina/o Law Graduate at CU in 2006.
Adelita remains active in the legal community as a leader in both local and national bar associations. She is a past President of both the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association and the Hispanic National Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division, and a past leader and council member of the American Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division. In these positions Adelita has been an advocate for our community and fought on behalf of Hispanic issues. She has been a mentor of and presented legal topics to high school students, and developed programs to provide opportunities for young lawyers who are traditionally underrepresented in the legal profession. Adelita is also a mother of two young boys; Mateo is 3 years old and Cruz is 1 year old.
Deputy General Counsel for Denver Public Schools
Jerome DeHerrera serves as Deputy General Counsel for Denver Public Schools. He handles transactional and litigation matters for the District. One of his focuses at the District is ensuring that the District fulfills the civil rights of English language learners. He is also helping the District build a minority and women business enterprise program. Prior to joining DPS, he practiced law at Davis Graham & Stubbs and Arnold & Porter. During his time in private practice, Jerome specialized in complex litigation, products liability defense, property and real estate law, political law, and education law.
Throughout his career, Jerome has maintained a significant pro-bono practice. For more than eight years, he has represented the plaintiffs’ class in Lobato v. Taylor (1981cv5, Costilla County). Through this case, Jerome represents the heirs of the families who settled the Sangre de Cristo Land Grant. The families filed the lawsuit in 1981 to restore their rights to use the nearby mountains. These land-grant rights were created in the mid-1800’s while the San Luis Valley was still part of Mexico.
Jerome serves on the Boards of Directors for Colorado Legal Services and the Colorado Center on Law and Policy. He is also on the Colorado College Alumni Association Board. Previously, he served on the Board of Directors for the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association.
Jerome received his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Colorado College, his Master’s Degree in Public Policy from Georgetown University, and his Law Degree from Stanford University.
Brownstein Hyatt Farber & Schreck
Amy Diaz counsels clients on commercial real estate transactions, including commercial lending, leasing, development and land use development. She represents commercial banks, private equity firms and insurance companies in connection with senior, mezzanine, construction and permanent loans secured by real and personal property, and represents various commercial property owners in commercial leasing and development.
Most recently, Amy served as Deputy General Counsel/VP, and then as Managing Counsel/VP for CoBank, ACB, a national agricultural credit bank headquartered in Greenwood Village, Colorado. Amy also served as general counsel to Western New Mexico University and provided general civil advice on real estate transactions and employment law.
Prior to joining the firm, Amy was an associate at Lewis and Roca in Albuquerque and a legal staff associate for the office of the University Counsel, University of Colorado, where she defended Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Colorado State Personnel Board complaints, and advised on federal laws and regulations governing state employee relations, environmental matters and landlord-tenant issues. Amy also served as a state judicial law clerk for the Honorable Carol Glowinsky in the 20th Judicial District in Boulder, Colorado.
Amy decided to become a mentor to a LAW SCHOOL… Sí Se Puede Fellow so that she could share her law school and law firm experiences. She did not have a mentor during college or law school, and she believes that her experiences can be valuable to others going through similar experiences.
ADAM J. ESPINOSA
County Court Judge
City and County of Denver
Adam J. Espinosa will take his seat as a County Court Judge for the City and County of Denver in January of 2015. Currently he is an Assistant Regulation Counsel in the Trial Division of the Colorado Supreme Court Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel. In that capacity, he investigates and prosecutes lawyers in disciplinary and disability proceedings. Mr. Espinosa earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Kansas and his law degree from Washburn University. Mr. Espinosa spent his final year in law school as a visiting student at the University of Denver College Of Law and upon graduation began practicing in Colorado as a judicial law clerk for the Hon. Michael A. Martinez in Denver District Court. Prior to joining the Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel, Mr. Espinosa served as a prosecutor in Colorado for seven years. Mr. Espinosa is a frequent lecturer and author for the CBA, local bar associations, and other groups on various ethical and professional responsibility topics.
ELIZABETH ESPINOSA KRUPA
President, Colorado Hispanic Bar Association, Vice-President Sections and Committees, Hispanic National Bar Association
Elizabeth Espinosa Krupa is a Colorado Native and has been a litigator for nearly 20 years. She graduated from the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law in 1994, served a judicial clerkship and then worked for the Colorado State Public Defender Office providing criminal defense for indigent clients. Ms. Krupa also worked for the Federal Defender for the District of Colorado. Ms. Krupa then worked as a Trial Attorney for the Denver Regional Office of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission conducting trials and administrative proceedings throughout the United States. Ms. Krupa also served as Assistant Regulation Counsel for the Colorado Supreme Court Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel and Faculty Member for National Institute for Trial Advocacy. She has been teaching NITA since 2009 in regional, public service and custom programs including the Program Director for the NITA/National Organization of Bar Counsel Advanced Trial Advocates Training. Ms. Krupa is currently in private practice, her firm litigates criminal defense and securities.
In addition to her work with the Hispanic National Bar and Colorado Hispanic Bar Association, she has been appointed to and served on the Editorial Board of the ABA/BNA Lawyer's Manual on Professional Conduct, the Colorado State Supreme Court Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee, the City of Denver Public Defender Commission, and the Western Regional Advisory Board for the United States Commission on Civil Rights. She is a frequent lecturer at CLE programs, was an adjunct professor teaching trial advocacy and coached the American Association for Justice mock trial team for the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law.
Ms. Krupa became a mentor for LAW SCHOOL… Sí Se Puede to increase the pipeline of professional, ethical and prepared Latino lawyers. Having had many mentors, Ms. Krupa believes that the work of LAW SCHOOL… Sí Se Puede is essential to ensure that the Latino lawyers of tomorrow feel empowered and confident and aware that many lawyers in the community are available to help them succeed.
Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhni LLP
Franz Hardy is a trial attorney with a focus on business and insurance litigation, including commercial disputes, directors and officers liability, insurance coverage, real estate, employment, and ERISA. Franz is also recognized as an accomplished professional liability practitioner with a successful record representing dozens of attorneys and law firms. Franz has tried several cases to verdict and handled many appeals in both state and federal courts.
Franz has leadership positions within Gordon & Rees, as well as local and national bar associations. As the Chair of the firm's national Diversity Committee, he is responsible for guiding the firm's award-winning commitment to diversity and overseeing diversity initiatives in its more than twenty-five offices.
Franz is also a past president of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Colorado and former member of the Board of Directors for the Center for Legal Inclusiveness, a non-profit organization dedicated to diversity in the legal profession. In addition, Franz serves on the University of Colorado Law School Alumni Board, where he serves as chair-elect.
Franz has frequently written and lectured on various topics affecting attorneys and the practice of law, including ethics, privileges, confidentiality, and diversity.
Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Antonio Gallegos joined Greenberg Traurig in 2013 where he provides litigation, dispute resolution and regulatory compliance strategies, with an emphasis on the food, nutrition, medical device and sports industries. He represents businesses and individuals in lawsuits, government investigations and regulatory enforcement actions. Antonio also advises on compliance with regulations administered by the Food and Drug Administration, Federal Trade Commission, Drug Enforcement Administration, Department of Agriculture and similar state-level agencies. He has also represents elite athletes in anti-doping enforcement actions and disputes over eligibility for Olympic competition.
Antonio worked as an associate at Holland & Hart from 2003-2013, where he represented clients from a wide range of industries in commercial and products liability litigation, including several jury trials. From 2000-2003, Antonio was an associate at the law firm Patton Boggs (now Squire Patton Boggs), working primarily on FDA and FTC regulatory matters. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado in 1997 and his law degree from the University of Denver in 2000.
Antonio’s pro bono work and community service include co-founding a non-profit program aimed at assisting small businesses with their legal issues. He also represents the interests of poor and minority children in the public school system, and provides risk management and other legal counsel to youth sports leagues.
Antonio became a LAW SCHOOL… Sí Se Puede mentor to provide encouragement, motivation, and support to young students from minority and low income backgrounds who aspire to become lawyers. These groups are underrepresented in the legal profession and nothing will change unless groups like LAW SCHOOL… Sí Se Puede take action.
Trial Counsel U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission
Nic Heinke is trial counsel with the federal Securities and Exchange Commission, where he focuses on prosecuting violations of the federal securities laws. Nic has successfully handled trials and appeals in both federal courts around the country and before agency administrative law judges. Prior to joining the SEC, Nic worked as an assistant attorney general for the state of Colorado, a lawyer at a national law firm, and a law clerk to, among others, Judge Christine Arguello.
Nic joined LAW SCHOOL… Sí Se Puede because he has seen firsthand the value of mentoring, both for the mentee and the mentor. Nic mentored one of the current LAW SCHOOL… Sí Se Puede Fellows when that student was in high school, and watched as that student developed into a hard-working, driven, and incredibly motivated young man who is now doing exceptionally well in college. In addition, Nic recognizes that none of us have achieved success entirely on our own, and we each have mentors and others who have touched our lives and made us who we are. He believes that those who are lucky enough to have achieved personal and professional satisfaction and success need to take the time to help others.
ARNULFO D. HERNÁNDEZ
Hernandez & Associates, P.C.
Arnulfo Hernández is founder and managing partner of the law firm of Hernandez & Associates, P.C. The law firm specializes in criminal defense and immigration removal defense. Arnulfo graduated cum laude from the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas, in 2001 with a double major in Political Science and Psychology. He attained his law degree from the University of Denver in 2005 and his LL.M. in taxation in 2007. Arnulfo clerked for the Colorado Attorney General's Office in their Foreign Prosecutions Division and the Procuraduria de Justicia in Guanajuato, Mexico. He is fluent in Spanish.
Arnulfo is a Life Member of the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar, a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the American Immigration Lawyers Association and of the Faculty of Federal Advocates. He is an elected Board Member of the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association and an active member of the Rhone Brackett Chapter of the American Inns of Court.
Arnulfo represents individuals in criminal and immigration proceedings before local Colorado state courts, U.S. Federal District Court, U.S. Federal Tax Court, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the Executive Office for Immigration Review, the Board of Immigration Appeals, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals and the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
TYREN C. HOLMES
University of Colorado Law School
Tyren Holmes is a second-year student at the University of Colorado Law School where he serves at Vice Chair of the Colorado Law Honor Council, Treasurer of the Black Law Students Association, Religious Chair of the Jewish Law Students Association, and Member of the Dean’s Committee on Inclusiveness and Diversity. Prior to join the CU Law community, Tyren spent nearly three years as a Peace Corps volunteer in southern Ukraine. He continues his community involvement through, among other things, the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project teaching constitutional law to high school students at York International in Thornton, Colorado.
Tyren’s interest in becoming a mentor for LAW SCHOOL…Sí Se Puede stems from reflecting on the numerous individuals who helped him succeed throughout his academic career. He hopes to encourage aspiring law school students through one-on-one guidance.
University of Colorado School of Law
Damian Irizarry is a third year law student at the University of Colorado School of Law. Before pursuing his J.D., Damian was a social studies middle school teacher for four years. As a middle school teacher Damian developed a strong sense of civic duty, and an understanding of the importance of mentorship. Now as a law student, he has become involved with multiple Latino organizations concerned with furthering Latino’s in the legal profession, including the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association, the Hispanic National Bar Association, and CU Latino Law Student Association. Damian became a mentor for LAW SCHOOL… Sí Se Puede because he deeply believes in the mission of the program and understands, through his own trials and tribulations, the important role mentors play in helping steer young people through the correct channels to achieve their goals.
University of Denver Sturm College of Law
Anni Jean-Pierre is a third-year law student at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. Anni is currently serving as vice president of DU's law student chapter of the ACLU and is the past president of the Brewer Inn of Phi Delta Phi International Legal Honor Society. Anni is also a law clerk at the 20th Judicial District Attorney’s Office in Boulder, Colorado and previously served as a student attorney in DU’s Hybrid Immigration Program. Anni came to the University of Denver after graduating with a BA in Spanish and Political Science from Emory University.
Anni volunteered to be a mentor for the LAW SCHOOL… Sí Se Puede program because its commits long-term to helping students start their legal careers and it addresses the biggest hurdle in applying: the mystery of it all. She is where she is today not only because of hard work, but also, because she has had amazing mentors who have supported and guided her along the way. Anni is the first person in her family to attend law school and she knows that this journey would not have been possible without this support system. She wants to be part of that essential support system for the Fellows in LAW SCHOOL… Sí Se Puede.