President: Wendy Bonilla
Wendy, 3L, 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. In addition to LaLSA, she serves as President of the ADVANCE Mentorship Program, and as Vice President of the Student Bar Association. Prior to her 3L involvements, she was also a Teaching Fellow for the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project where she taught constitutional law to high school students. Wendy 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 being a foodie around DC.
Vice President: Ericka Cruz
Ericka Cruz is a 2L 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 teaching a variety of elementary school grades 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 and Education law with the goal of serving marginalized communities like the one she is from, while also helping to make education, specifically higher education, more accessible in immigrant communities. 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. During her 1L summer Ericka worked at CASA de Maryland doing direct legal services for immigrant clients related to immigration status, including DACA, asylum, employment and housing issues.
Her hobbies include running, watching the New York Yankees, and playing/watching sports in general.
Secretary: Elvin Perez
Elvin Perez is a 3L 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
Michael Arostegui is a 3L from Miami, Florida. He attended St. Thomas University, following a successful high school baseball career, where he played baseball until he tore his UCL and underwent surgery to repair it. During his time at St. Thomas, he pursued an undergraduate degree in Sports Administration and pursued his Masters in the same field. Michael discovered his interest in the law during a sports law class. His legal interests are guided by his ideals in fairness and equality for all and is pursuing a career in criminal defense and tax law. Michael’s hobbies include having intellectual conversations, rooting for Real Madrid, Manchester United, and all Miami sports teams, and playing video games.
Community Service Chair: Eric Rico
Eric Rico is originally from Southern California and is currently a 2L. In undergrad he studied Communications, Law & Society and Spanish Literature at UC San Diego. He moved to DC for law school to learn more about the federal government and administrative law and hopes to practice policy relating to education or juvenile justice issues. As the Community Service Chair, he hopes to learn more about the local Latinx community and expand LaLSA's involvement in the DC area as well. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, writing, and exploring the city through restaurants and different types of food (when he actually has the money to do so).
Public Relations Chair: Marjorie Lluveres
Marjorie Lluveres is a 2L at the Washington College of Law and the Public Relations Chair for AUWCL Latino/a Law Student Association. 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. Prior to law school she served as a judicial intern. During her time at AUWCL, she has interned for the Maryland Office of the Public Defender and is currently interning for the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project, and serving as an Associate Justice for the Student Bar Association. Marjorie believes in looking at life “glass half-full,” she loves to travel, and is a self-proclaimed professional DIYer.
Academic Chair: Natalia Meade
Natalia Meade is a 2L at the Washington College of Law. Originally from McAllen, Texas, her parents moved to the U.S. from Mexico. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Texas A&M University, where she received a degree in Political Science. Before law school, she worked at a civil litigation firm.
Currently, she serves as the Academic Chair for the Latino/a Law Student Association and as a staff writer for the Administrative Law Review. In her spare time she enjoys live music and museums.
Political Chair: Christopher Delgado
Christopher Delgado is a third-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 served as 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.
Legislative Affairs Chair: Juan Garcia Moreno
Juan-Camilo Garcia Moreno, 2L, was born in Cartagena, Colombia but was raised in Southern California. He is an alumni of CSUSB with a dual degree: political science and geography. Before law school, Juan participated on his university's preeminent National Model United Nations team. Juan also served as his university's Student Vice-President. Juan initially came to law school to pursue a career in the foreign service, but fell in love with litigation and switched course. His hobbies include playing basketball, going to baseball games (Go Dodgers), reading Latin American literature, and cooking.
Historian: Hendricks Valenzuela
Hendricks Valenzuela is a 3L at WCL and serves as the Historian for the Latino/a Law Student Association. Hendricks is a native of Panama, but immigrated to South Carolina as a child and is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. He is interested in pursuing a legal career in international trade, with a focus on intellectual property. Other legal interests include criminal law, and Hendricks will be participating in the fall’s Criminal Justice Clinic. On his spare time, he enjoys sports, going for a run, and taking advantage of as much QT with his dog.
External Affairs: Cristina Gil
Cristina Gil is a rising 2L and will be serving as LaLSA’s Secretary of External Affairs. She is also the new Director of Alumni Affairs for WCL’s ADVANCE Mentoring Program, and the Director of External Affairs for the Student Bar Association for the 2018-2019 school year. She is currently a Student Ambassador for the Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia (HBA-DC). She is also a legal clinic volunteer at CASA De Maryland.
While studying at Georgetown University, she served as a legal aid intern at the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR), in Chicago. She was also a law clerk for the Cook County Public Defender, and interned with Senator Richard Durbin.
After graduating from Georgetown University May of 2013, Ms. Gil worked as a paralegal for the Immigration Law Group here in D.C. She then later accepted a position as a Recruitment, Visa and Immigration Specialist in the H.R. Department of Howard University prior to law school. Additionally, she recently interned as an Immigration Law Clerk at Trow & Rahal, P.C., founded by WCL alum Linda Rahal.