President: Ericka Cruz
Ericka Cruz is a 3L who hails from Jamaica Queens, New York. She went to Boston College for undergrad where she studied Political Science, and after went on to serve for Teach for America for two years in Hartford, Connecticut while also completing a Masters in Science of Education at Johns Hopkins University School of Education. Ericka is pursuing a career in Immigration law. As a 1L Ericka went on the Alternative Spring Break trip to Harlingen, Texas through the WCL Immigrants' Rights Coalition where she volunteered with ProBAR and worked on an asylum case at the Port Isabel Detention Center. As a 2L Ericka was a Constitutional Law teacher through the Marshall Brennan Constitutional Law program. While at WCL she has interned with CASA de Maryland, Ayuda, The American Immigration Council, and Fragomen. Ericka is currently a Student Attorney with Immigrant Justice Clinic at WCL. Her hobbies include running, watching the New York Yankees, and playing/watching sports in general.
Vice President: Marjorie Lluveres
Marjorie Lluveres is a third-year student at the Washington College of Law. Marjorie is a Miami, FL native and was raised between Miami and the Dominican Republic. She earned her bachelors degree in Political Science and Criminal Justice from Florida International University. Marjorie is interested in criminal law and hopes to pursue a career in public defense upon graduation. During her time at AUWCL, she has interned for the Maryland Office of the Public Defender, the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project, and the Bronx Defenders. She is currently a Student Attorney for the Criminal Justice Clinic! Marjorie believes in looking at life “glass half-full,” she loves to travel, and is always down for some mangu con los tres golpes!
Secretary: Natalia Meade
Natalia Meade is a 3L at the Washington College of Law. She is originally from McAllen, Texas, and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science. Before law school, she worked at a civil litigation firm. Currently, she serves as a Student Attorney for the Immigrant Justice Clinic and as Articles Editor for the Administrative Law Review. She has previously worked for Honorable Soltys in probate court; for CARECEN, a local non-profit in D.C.; and most recently for ProBAR, an organization at the Texas-Mexico border that provides free legal services to detained individuals. Her hobbies include listening to live music and trying to explore D.C. when she can.
Treasurer: Eric Rico
Eric Rico is originally from Southern California and is currently a 3L. In undergrad, he attended UC San Diego where studied Communications, Law & Society, and Spanish Literature. Before law school, Eric taught kindergarteners and first graders and initially thought he would spend the rest of his career as a teacher. However, he came to law school in hopes of doing something related to juvenile justice, public defense, and criminal justice reform. Throughout law school, he has worked at various non-profits specializing in juvenile justice policy and public defense as well as teaching constitutional law to high schoolers through Marshall Brennan. He has previously served as LALSA’s community chair and is looking forward to continue working with everyone to raise money for LALSA’s high school scholarship as the treasurer. In his free time, he enjoys traveling (when he has the money to do so), attending music festivals, going to basketball games, and watching food and travel documentaries.
Community Service Chair: Cristina Gil
Cristina Gil is a rising 3L and will be serving as LaLSA’s Community Service Chair. She is also the Community Service Chair for the Immigrants' Rights Coalition, and a Student Ambassador for the Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia (HBA-DC). Since joining American University Washington College of Law, she has served as a Legal Clinic Volunteer at CASA de Maryland (CASA) assisting with preparing Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) application renewals. She also volunteered with the South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project (ProBAR) in Harlingen, Texas providing pro bono legal services to asylum seekers detained in Port Isabel Detention Center. She later served as a Detention Hotline Volunteer with Capital Area Immigrants' Rights (CAIR) Coalition helping immigrant adult detainees in Maryland and Virginia connect with their attorneys free-of-charge. Additionally, Cristina spent her summer in 2018 working as a Law Clerk at Trow & Rahal, P.C. and joined the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Headquarters, Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL) as a legal intern for the Fall 2018 semester. In the summer of 2019, she was selected as a HBA-DC Foundation’s Public Interest Legal Fellow and joined CAIR Coalition’s Detained Children’s Program providing legal services to immigrant children who are held in the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) in Maryland and Virginia. Cristina is thrilled to be ending her last year of law school as a Student Attorney with the Immigrant Justice Clinic at American University Washington College of Law.
WCL Community Engagement Chair: Juan Garcia Moreno
Juan Camilo Garcia Moreno is a 3L from sunny Southern California. While at California State University, San Bernardino, he doubled majored in Political Science and Geography. In undergrad, he lead his University's world renowned Model United Nation's team to four international team titles. Additionally, he served as the undergraduate university vice-president. In law school, Juan has dedicated himself to becoming an outstanding trial attorney and a zealous advocate. Juan is a member of WCL's Mock Trial Honor Society - one of the best mock trial teams in the nation. He has two goals for his office: 1) to connect and empower latinx students at WCL and 2) to promote unity and support to Latinx student who find themselves close or far away from home.
Public Relations Chair: Susan Farhang
Susan Farhang is a 2L at Washington College of Law. She serves as the Chair of Public Relations for LALSA. In addition, she serves as Vice President of Operations for the Business Law Society, Article Editor for the Arbitration brief, and is a member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Honor Society. Prior to law school, Susan worked for the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) in Washington, D.C. In her role as Marketing Director for the USHCC, she elevated the brand by developing all digital media strategy and execution. Susan also managed communications efforts with press, Fortune 500 corporations, Hispanic-owned businesses, and local chambers. Susan is a California native and a proud graduate of San Diego State University’s International Business program. In 2014, she received, with honors, her BA in International Business with an emphasis in Marketing and Economics
Academic Chair: Paula Del Valle Torres
Paula Del Valle Torres is a 2L who grew up in San Juan, P.R. She graduated from Hood College with a B.A. in Political Science and Spanish. She moved to D.C. to study law with the hopes of aiding marginalized and minority communities. She’s passionate about fairness and equal representation. She has a strong interest in civil rights and employment and labor law. During her time at AUWCL, she has worked as a law clerk at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Paula is also a Junior Staffer at the Journal of Gender, Social Policy, and the Law where she is currently writing her comment on sex workers’ rights. In her spare time, Paula enjoys reading comic books, listening to true crime podcasts, and rewatching Star Wars movies.
External Affairs Chair: Lourdes Vazquez
Lourdes Vazquez is a 2L from Brooklyn, New York. She went to the State University of New York at Stony Brook for undergrad where she studied Social and Cultural Anthropology. Afterwards, she worked at the NYC Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, United Way of NYC, and the New York Legal Assistance Group where she gained skills in performance measurement, research, and case management. Through the National Urban Fellows, she pursued her Masters in Public Administration at the City University of New York at Baruch College. Immediately prior to starting law school she worked at the Office of the Mayor, NYC Service on fiscal and compliance matters. During her 1L summer she interned for a Judge, which was made possible through the Sonia & Celina Sotomayor Judicial Internship Program. Her hobbies include: working out, playing Connect 4, visiting museums, watching Broadway musicals, and baking.
Fundraising Chair: Frederick Moreno
Frederick Moreno is a 2L at the Washington College of Law. He is originally from Western Colorado. Prior to WCL, Frederick attended American University and received a BA in International Studies and an MA in Spanish and Latin American Studies. He is interested in pursuing a legal career in immigration law. In the past, Frederick has interned for non-profit organizations that focus on the Latino community, like the Colorado Immigration Rights Coalition. On his spare time, he enjoys traveling, watching films, and hiking.