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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Guest Speaker: Delegate Jason Miyares—Delegate Miyares, son of a Cuban exile, shared his story and talked about how it influenced his career path. Delegate Miyares is a former Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney from Virginia Beach and is currently chief counsel at a political consulting firm.
Fall Semester Volunteer Day: Good Mojo Thrift Store—Good Mojo Thrift Store is a division of ForKids, an organization dedicated to breaking the cycle of family homelessness. HLSA volunteers help process donations and set up merchandise at the store.
Law Chapel—We had a great time hosting Law Chapel on March 31, 2016 providing lunch for chapel-goers.
Special Guest Panel: Addressing Issues in Minority Communities: Lawyers and Lawmakers Panel—Attorney Nosuk Pak Kim, Delegate Jason Miyares, and Professor Hugo Valverde joined us to discuss what responsibilities immigrant and minority professionals have within the Hampton Roads community and to the communities in their native country. Watch the video!
Spring Semester Volunteer Day: ForKids 2016 Art Auction—HLSA volunteered to assist ForKids in setting up their annual art auction and lunched at Hokkaido Sushi after.
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."
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."
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."