About Us

Latino Law Student Association (LLSA) is a student organization composed of Latino law students and students interested in issues affecting the Latino community at USC Gould School of Law.  We aim to create and cultivate an encouraging environment for current and prospective Latino students through academic support, scholarship, community service, and networking events.

Among its objectives is to serve as a support network for Latino law students on campus and to help the retention and success of Latino law students. LLSA works in conjunction with the Admissions Office to increase the enrollment of Latino students through a Phone-a-Thon for admitted Latino students. Besides keeping our members abreast of scholarships, Latino-centric events, and potential employment opportunities, LLSA encourages its members to become involved in public interest organizations that serve the Latino community in Los Angeles. Latino Law Student Association activities include speaker events with local law firms, Hora Latin@ (a Legal Spanish conversation group), Judges & Lawyers Nights (honoring USC Gould Latino Alums) and other social and cultural gatherings for the benefit of Latino law students and friends at USC Gould.  We also aim to maintain strong ties to our Alumni through networking events and various functions with the USC Latino Alumni Association.

These events aim to help build community and familiarity among Latino and non-Latino friends and classmates.  Our members have a diverse range of career interests: immigrant rights, corporate law, criminal law, immigration, rights for the mentally disabled, civil rights, among others.

Meet the 2016-2017 Board

 

Anahi Gonzalez

(President) Anahi is a second-year law student at USC Gould School of Law. She is a Texas girl born and raised, but moved to California to attend Stanford University, where she graduated with a B.A. in Psychology.

This past summer, Anahi split her summer between Sidley Austin LLP, where she will be returning summer 2017, and Toyota Financial Services. Anahi currently works as a student ambassador at the USC Gould School of Law Office of Admissions and is a member of the Hale Moot Court Honors Program.

Giulio Sanchez

Giulio Sanchez

(Vice President) Giulio is a third-year law student at USC Gould School of Law. Giulio is a Southern California native, raised in Los Angeles, CA. Giulio first attend California State University, Los Angeles.

Giulio was previously a judicial extern for the Honorable Christina A. Snyder at the United States District Court for the Central District of California. Giulio is interested in immigration law, civil rights, litigation, and entertainment law.

Matthew Miller

(Treasurer) Matthew is a second-year law student at USC Gould School of Law. Matthew was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. He first attended Drew University, where he graduated with a BA in History and Theater Arts.

Over the past summer, Matthew externed in the chambers of the Hon. R. Gary Klausner. He currently works in USC’s Mediation Clinic, helping parties resolve disputes in small claims, wage theft, and family law actions.

Gabriel Mendoza

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(Events Chair) Gabe is a second-year law student at USC Gould School of Law. He is a Southern California native, raised in Riverside, CA. He first attended the University of California, Riverside where he graduated with a BA in Political Science: Law & Society.

This past summer Gabe worked for the Hon. Judge Helios J. Hernandez in Riverside as a judicial extern.

Ariana Sanudo-Kretzmann

(Community Service Chair) Ariana is a second-year law student at USC Gould School of Law. She grew up between New York and California, and attended Boston College for undergrad, where she majored in Political Science and English.

Last summer, she worked at Immigrant Defenders Law Center, where she worked with unaccompanied child immigrants. She is currently a part of Gould’s Immigration Clinic and is also interested in criminal law.

Maria-Itzel Siegrist

(Judges & Lawyers Night Chair) Maria Itzel Siegrist is a second-year law student at USC. Born and raised in El Monte, California, she holds a B.A. in History and Political Science from USC and an M.F.A. in Acting from Rutgers University.

This past summer she worked as a law clerk for the Law Offices of Torres Siegrist. Maria Itzel is currently a Spanish Interpreter/Translator for the USC International Human Rights Clinic and a member of the Hale Moot Court Honors Program.

Melvin Lopez

(Judges & Lawyers Night Chair) Melvin is a second-year law student at USC Gould School of Law. He is a Southern California native, raised in the city of Cudahy. As a first-generation college student, Melvin received his B.S. in criminal justice and minor in communications from California State University, Long Beach, where he graduated magna cum laude.

Last summer, Melvin worked at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles in their Supporting Families workgroup, focusing on immigration law. Currently, he is a law clerk for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office in the Hardcore Gang Division. Upon graduation, Melvin aspires to pursue a career as a Deputy District Attorney.

Krista Topete

(Alumni Relations Chair) Krista is a second-year law student at the USC Gould School of Law. She grew up in Vacaville, CA and graduated from UC Davis with a BA in Sociology, Law and Society and Spanish.

Last summer, Krista externed for the Hon. Deborah J. Saltzman at the US Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California.

Milene Vega

(Academic Chair) Milene is a second-year law student at USC Gould School of Law. She has lived most of her life in Miami, but was born in Havana, Cuba. She graduated with a BS in Nursing from Florida International University.

Last summer, Milene worked as a Judicial Extern to the Hon. Virginia A. Phillips, Chief Judge for the Central District of California.

Alisa Balderas

(1L Representative) Alisa is a first-year law student at USC Gould School of Law. Alisa was born and raised in Oaxaca, Mexico before moving to Southern California. She attended the University of California, Santa Barbara where she majored in Psychology.

Following graduation, Alisa worked as a behavior therapist for children with autism. She is currently interested in pursuing a career in immigration law.

Caroline Monroy

 

(1L Representative) Caroline is a first-year law student at USC Gould School of Law. Caroline is a Southern California native, raised in Los Angeles, CA. Caroline first attended California State University, Los Angeles.

Caroline is interested in litigation, real estate, and criminal law.

Daisy Mercado

(1L Representative) Daisy is a first-year law student at USC Gould School of Law. Daisy is a Southern California Native and first attended the University of California, Riverside where she majoried in Political Science.

Daisy hopes to go into criminal litigation and will be working at the Riverside County Public Defender’s Office this summer.

Maggie Mendez

(1L Representative) Maggie is a first-year law student at USC Gould School of Law. She is a Southern California native from the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles. Maggie graduated from Cal State Northridge with a BA in Political Science.

Maggie seeks to pursue a career as a public defender.

 


 

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