The Hispanic Law Students Association at Regent University School of Law exists to encourage and support Hispanic and non-Hispanic students as they pursue their calling to serve and remain responsive to the social, political, and academic promotion of the Hispanic community. HLSA seeks to pro-mote the recruitment, academic achievement, and retention of Hispanic law students at Regent University School of Law, thereby allowing the Regent community to flourish with greater diversity while fully-equipping Christian law students of every ethnicity to become leaders who will influence their communities for the glory of Jesus Christ.
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Alexandra M. McPhee is from Kissimmee, Florida. She attended the College of William & Mary and received her B.A. in Philosophy. She is interested in local politics and would like to practice public interest law in the Hampton Roads area. Alexandra has interned at the Virginia Beach District Office for Congressman Scott Rigell and currently externs with the Honorable Robert J. Humphreys of the Court of Appeals of Virginia.
She is an honors student and a staff editor of the Regent University Law Review. In Fall 2014, she received an Eagle Award for receiving the highest grade in Property in her class section.
"I am invested in promoting the many accomplishments of the Hispanic community in academia and the legal profession. Though Hispanics are traditionally underrepresented in the practice of law, it is important for me to show that there are role models for aspiring attorneys who seek to advance their profession and community."
Sandra Alcaide is from Brooklyn, New York. She attended New York University and received her B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy in 2011. She was a Teach For America corps member and taught special education for two years in the Bronx, New York. While teaching full-time, she obtained her M.A. in Special Education from Hunter College in 2013. Sandra would like to practice criminal law in the representation of the State and constitutional law, specifically in the areas of marriage and family, the sanctity of life, and religious freedom. She is also a Blackstone Fellow.
As a law student, she has interned at International Justice Mission, as a judicial clerk at the United Stated District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, the Manhattan District Attorney's Office, and the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.
"I'm a Nuyorican who loves the rich culture that my heritage has to offer."
Joseph R. Smith is from Binghamton, New York. He attended Elmira College and received his B.A. in Political Science. He would like to practice estate law. Joseph has interned with the Office of Corporation Counsel for the City of Binghamton, the Honorable Rita Connerton of the 6th Judicial District Family Court in Broome County, New York, the Honorable Jeffrey Tait of the New York Supreme Court, and the Law Office of Harvey C. Shapiro.
"America was founded upon minorities views, and the recent boom in the Hispanic population has led to an increased awareness of the need of advancement and protection of Hispanic rights throughout the United States."
Jason W. Rodriguez is from Chesapeake, Virginia. He attended Western Kentucky University and received his B.A. in Political Science. He would like to work with JAG and Military Law. Jason has interned with the U.S. Navy, the Chesapeake Commonwealth Attorney's Office, the Norfolk Office of the Public Defender, and the Honorable Mark S. Davis of the Court of Appeals of Virginia.
"I grew up in a Puerto Rican household and enjoy the rich cultural heritage and close family ties maintained by the Hispanic community."
Maitte Barrientos is from Guantanamo, Cuba. She attended Florida International University and received her B.A. in Political Science and Criminal Justice. During her undergraduate education, she worked full-time for a real estate attorney in Coral Gables, Florida as a legal assistant. She is primarily interested in immigration law, family law, environmental law and international human rights. Maitte clerked for Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center and is currently working as a law clerk at the office of Valverde & Rowell, P.C. in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
"It's important to support the Hispanic community, not only locally but around the world, and empower young women to be fearless in their aspirations, support one another, and inspire future generations to fight for the prosperity and equality of all people."
Lauren Stroyeck is from Virginia Beach, Virginia. She attended Virginia Wesleyan College and received her B.A. in International Studies. Prior to attending law school, she spent four years working in the nonprofit sector and two years working in a small law firm. Lauren is interested in international law and animal rights law. She has interned with the Virginia Beach General District Court.
"I enjoyed studying the Spanish language and culture in school and my husband is Hispanic."
Madeline R. Passaro is from New York. She attended St. John's University and received her B.A. in Journalism. She would like to practice public interest law. Madeline interns with the Norfolk Office of the Legal Aid Society of Eastern Virginia.
"I look forward to connecting with the Hispanic community through fellowship and community outreach."
Josue Casanova is from Chicago, Illinois. He attended Regent University and received his B.A. in Cinema-Television. He is currently a media producer and editor for Rock Church International. Josue would like to practice human rights law and fight slavery and sex trafficking. He seeks to intern with the Kenya or Uganda office at International Justice in the Summer of 2016.
"I was raised in a Hispanic household, but never in a Hispanic community. I want to understand and foster my culture, specifically in and through the arts."