LaLSA Executive Board

President:  Wendy Bonilla

Wendy, 2L, made her way to DC from Los Angeles. She’s a CSUF alumna with a degree in Political Science and Sociology and is currently pursuing the joint JD/MPP. She is pursuing a career in education law and policy with a touch of immigration with the aim to help enhance the quality and accessibility to education. Her hobbies include DIY furniture projects and working on the blog she’s starting with her roommate as they embark on the search to find DC’s best taco.

Vice President:  Michelle Villegas

Michelle, 3L, is an LA native and UC Davis undergrad alumni.  As a daughter of immigrants with a passion for social justice, she is pursing a career in immigration in order to better serve marginalized communities like the one she comes from. Her hobbies include dancing, karaoke, reading books that aren't for law school, and eating lots of pho and tacos, not at the same time.

Secretary:  Elvin Perez

Elvin Perez is a 2L at the Washington College of Law and Secretary of Administrative Affairs for the Latino/a Law Student’s Association at AUWCL.  Elvin is originally from New Jersey and graduated Cum Laude from Rutgers University-Newark, where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science.  After graduation, Elvin worked for his hometown government in Rahway, NJ, where he served to foster closer ties between local businesses and the community as Economic Development Coordinator.  During this time Elvin also founded Volunteer Rahway, a city-run volunteer program where citizens are connected to various community projects run by both local non-profits and the City itself.  At AUWCL, Elvin is currently interested in Elections Law and the Legislative Process, and is a staff writer for the Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law.  As Secretary for LaLSA, Elvin provides logistical support for the organization’s various events, in addition to his duties as an administrator of LaLSA’s records and executive board meeting minutes. When he is not studying for class, working on Journal assignments, or coordinating LaLSA meetings, Elvin enjoys playing the piano and watching his favorite baseball team, the New York Yankees.

Treasurer:  Michael Arostegui

My name is Michael Arostegui and I am from Miami, Florida. I graduated from Westminster Christian School where I was a high school state champion baseball player and received a full ride to St. Thomas University to play baseball. My college career ended with a tear in my UCL which required that I underwent “Tommy John” surgery to repair it. After graduating from undergraduate in Sports Administration, I pursued a masters in the same field. It was during my Sports Law class that I discovered my interest to go to law school.  My interests in law are guided by my ideals of fairness and equality for all. With that in mind, I have found interest in being a prosecutor and/or a constitutional lawyer in the future. My hobbies include honest and intelligent conversations, supporting my teams (Real Madrid, Manchester United, and all Miami sports teams), video games, and spending time with my friends.   

Secretary of External Affairs: Jani Loyo

Jani Loyo is a third-year student at the Washington College of Law and a master’s student in the School of Internal Services at American University. She was born and raised in Acapulco, Mexico. Prior to law school, she worked as a case manager at different law firms that represented mostly indigent clients against large corporations in Nevada and collaborated in human rights campaigns in Mexico. As a second-year student at AUWCL, Jani had the pleasure to be a fellow at the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Program where she taught substantive law and moot court skills to D.C. public high school students. 

Jani is currently a student-attorney in the AUWCL Civil Advocacy Clinic, a law clerk at the Maryland Office of the Public Defender, and soon to be a law clerk to the Honorable Robert R. Rigsby at Superior Court of the District of Columbia.  Jani believes in serving the community, hard-work, and positivity; she loves to travel, dance, laugh, and is always ready for new adventures! 

Academic Chair: Giana Orsi

Hello everyone! My name is Giana Orsi! I am a third year law student at the American University Washington College of Law.  When I have time outside of school I love traveling, going to the beach, going on hikes, and living my best vegan life.  I currently work as a law clerk at Jezic & Moyse, LLC doing a wide variety of criminal work in the state of Maryland.  As the Mentorship chair for LALSA, I am in charge of providing networking opportunities, internships, and mentors to the students within this organization.  Need a mentor? Find me J

Community Service Chair: Priya Patel

Priya, 2L, is a Southern Californian native who decided to make the big move to fulfill her dreams of becoming a lawyer and living on the East Coast. She is a San Diego State University Alumni with a degree in Political Science. Before law school, Priya worked as a paralegal in a San Diego law firm. Priya is interested in business law and hopes to work as a commercial litigator after law school.

Public Relations Chair: Hendricks Valenzuela

Hello, my name is Hendricks Valenzuela. I am from Puerto Armuelles, Panama, but grew up in Columbia, South Carolina. I graduated from the Univ. of South Carolina with a B.S. in Biology, and a minor in Spanish. I am a rising 2L at AUWCL with an interest in foreign policy development and international trade. In my spare time I enjoy running, and watching movies.

Political Chair/Historian: Christopher Delgado

Christopher Delgado is a second-year law student and the Political Issues Chair/Historian for AUWCL Latino/a Law Student Association. Christopher is originally from Miami, FL where he studied International Relations and Political Science at Florida International University. While Christopher was born in Miami his family roots are Cuban, Spaniard, and Mexican. Prior to law school, he worked as a junior paralegal for a national insurance defense firm. During his time at AUWCL, he has interned with the State Attorney’s Office for Miami-Dade County and is currently a student attorney at the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. Christopher is interested in international commercial arbitration and would ideally like to work with governments in South America and the Caribbean regarding trade and investment. Christopher believes every day should be an adventure, so when he is not buried in school work he enjoys exploring new places, free-diving, long-distance running, and planning last minute trips.