LL.M. Alumna Margarita R. Sanchez Named “Top Lawyer Under 40” By Hispanic National Bar Association

Margarita R. Sanchez LL.M. ‘08, senior associate in the international arbitration and Latin America practice groups of Arnold & Porter, was recently named one of five Top Lawyers Under 40 by the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA).

Each year, this honor recognizes five members under the age of 40 who have “distinguished themselves in their respective areas of practice.”

“It is an honor,” said Sanchez. “I’ve been working very hard for many years. It is very nice when you get this type of recognition.”

In her current role with Arnold & Porter, Sanchez represents governments and private companies in dispute resolution and international settings. Her career has also included working as a consultant for the Inter-American Development Bank, and as in-house counsel for the Multinational Andean Company Monómeros Colombo Venezolanos, S.A., in Barranquilla, Colombia. READ HER FULL BIO.

Sanchez decided to pursue an LL.M. after earning her JD in Colombia. She had always been interested in international law, and decided to come to Washington, D.C. because it “is the city for international law.” She was specifically drawn to the LL.M. in Law and Government at AUWCL because of the strength of the U.S. law-focused curriculum, and attributes her administrative law, evidence, and constitutional law courses with preparing her to practice.

In addition to being a HBNA member, Sanchez is also involved in the Latina Commission.

“We try to empower Latina law students by helping them with their plans in law school and practicing law,” said Sanchez, who feels her HBNA recognition helps put her in a position to aid younger Latinos in the field.

Sanchez advises current AUWCL students interested in a similar career path to “work hard and connect with mentors and sponsors that can help you.” She also encourages law students to attend events and activities in the D.C.-area to build strong networks.

“I am so proud to celebrate this wonderful recognition of Margarita Sanchez, who was an extraordinary student here and the model of intellectual engagement and public service in our program,” said Jamin Raskin, director of the law school’s Program on Law and Government. “We continue to follow her career with great interest and look forward to her lawyerly accomplishments and development as a leader.”

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