NWLSO-UPR had a Q&A with Ms. JD Fellow Celine Aka

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“What could be attributed to the success of the organization? Our members.”

Check out this Q&A NWLSO at the University of Puerto Rico had with 2016-17 Ms. JD Fellow Celine Aka: http://bit.ly/2lRGk4Z.

NWLSO-UPR is the proud awardee of the 2017 Ms. JD Law School Chapter Award! This award is given to a law school organization that champions the advancement of women law students through, for example, chapter initiatives (including pre-law initiatives), programming or recruitment. logo

To learn more about the other awardees click here: http://ms-jd.org/blog/article/ms.-jd-is-excited-to-announce-the-2017-ms.-jd-honors-awardees. For all the details on the #PROPEL Ms. JD Conference click here: http://ms-jd.org/annual-conference/2017-conference/.

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NWLSO-UPR is the proud awardee of Ms. JD’s 2017 Law School Chapter Award

Our chapter is thrilled to announce it has been selected for the Law School Chapter Award to be given at this year’s Ms. JD’s Annual Conference in Chicago- Promoting Retention Opportunity Partnership Excellence and Leadership (P.R.O.P.E.L.) this March. The award is given to a law school organization that champions the advancement of women law students through, for example, chapter initiatives (including pre-law initiatives), programming or recruitment.

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NWLSO-UPR was founded in 2014 and launched its most successful program yet–the Student Mentorship Program, where upper-class students are paired with new students for a year of networking, guidance, and empowerment. Since then, along with other initiatives and activities, it has grown and empowered many women at the University of Puerto Rico School of Law. Our goal is to keep promoting our strength in unity and advocating for equality in the profession. NWLSO congratulates the other awardees in receiving a Ms. JD Award and is honored to be part of such a remarkable group of leaders. To learn more about the other awardees please click here: http://ms-jd.org/blog/article/ms.-jd-is-excited-to-announce-the-2017-ms.-jd-honors-awardees. Myraida Meléndez, our current President, will be receiving the award at the Conference this year on behalf of our organization.

A conversation with Defense Attorney Mayra López Mulero

A group of NWLSO members sat with renowned criminal defense attorney, Mayra López Mulero, this past Friday for an intimate word exchange at Restaurant Bagua in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She vividly discussed her academic experiences and the obstacles she was able to overcome as a young and opinionated female attorney in the criminal justice system.

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Her advice was refreshingly realistic and she held nothing back when speaking about the procedural injustices defendants often face and in most cases, without the financial means to pay for a decent defense. She spoke about some of the cases that have made national news and provided her thoughts on prosecutors, defense attorneys, and the correctional system. With her vibrant personality and fierce belief in justice, the discussion quickly became a motivational speech for the future attorneys sitting at the table. Check out some of her inspirational quotes both in Spanish and English below:

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  • “Yo no quería que nadie programara mi vuelo. No permitan que nadie programe su vuelo, sean ustedes”.
  • “I didn’t want anyone to program my flight [referring to her career]. Don’t allow anyone to program your flight, be yourselves.”

  • “La realidad jurídica es que es inaceptable lo que está ocurriendo”. 
  • “The legal reality is that what is happening is unacceptable.”

  • “Me da mucha esperanza que quieran hablar conmigo. Ustedes tienen que ser el futuro”. 
  • “I am filled with hope just by knowing you want to talk with me. All of you have to be the future.” 

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  • “Infórmate! Lee! Mira hacia fuera”. 
  • “Get informed! Read! Take a look outside.”

  • “Como abogados, somos instrumentos de cambio y tenemos que asumir eso”. 
  • “As attorneys, we are instruments of change and that’s the assumption we must start with.”

  • “Lo primero que le digo a mis clientes es ‘Quiero la verdad, no estoy aquí para juzgarte por tu conducta'”. 
  • “The first thing I tell my clients is ‘I want the truth. I am not here to judge you by your actions.'”

  • “La función el abogado de defensa es velar por los derechos constitucionales del acusado”. 
  • “The main objective of the defense attorney is to watch out for the defendant’s constitutional rights.”

  • “Mira a tu cliente y colócate en sus zapatos”. 
  • “Look at your client and put yourself in his or her shoes.”

  • “No nos podemos arrodillar”. 
  • “We must not surrender.” 

  • “La diferencia entre los cobardes y los valientes es que los cobardes sienten miedo y se paralizan y los valientes sienten miedo y siguen”. 
  • “The difference between a coward person and a brave person is that the coward one feels fear and stops, while the brave one feels fear and continues.”

  • “Cada uno de ustedes tiene una estrella, lo que hay que hacer es seguirla. Crean en ustedes”. 
  • “Each one of you has a star. All you have to do is follow it. Believe in yourself.”