• Issues,  Law School,  Legal Practice,  Work Life Balance

    The Mission Statement

    http://mjkperformance.com/compare/add/13182293/ Latinas Uprising was born from the frustration of visiting mainstream internet communities that discussed being a lawyer or a women professional or even a female lawyer, but never seemed to take into account the experiences we have as Latinas.  We often hear that women make around 70 cents to the man’s dollar, but that’s actually the statistic for white women.  Latinas make 55 cents to the man’s dollar.  That type of disparity will create an entirely different experience that is just not being discussed in mainstream communities. Why aren’t we included? We consist of the largest growing minority group in the U.S. and are a huge consumer group.  We are…

  • Law School

    Pre-Law Probs: Mastering Your Personal Statement

    cheap flights lyrics When I tell you that I never prepared and planned harder for my law school application than anything else in my life I am not joking. I was serious about getting admitted and knew I needed as much preparation and help as possible. The biggest obstacle for me was my personal statement. I knew I had a lot of convincing to do as my LSAT score was very average.  So I did things I never, ever did with my writing (that in retrospect should have been a habit lol). I had multiple friends give edits and suggestions. I went to the writing center–hand to god, I had never stepped foot…

  • Law School,  Legal Practice,  Work Life Balance

    Latina Leader: Community Coordinator Talia Rodriguez

    This is another installment of the series, Spotlight On! A series where we showcase Latina lawyers and learn about the successes in their early careers. Today we hear from Talia Rodriguez, based in Buffalo, NY, who coordinates a legal aid clinic and shows what it’s like to do legal work that has a direct impact in your own local community. Talia is also a powerhouse and community leader, having recently recognized by the Minority Bar Association of WNY! 1.   When did you start practicing?  I am not admitted to the NYS Bar. I have passed two of three qualifying examinations and am awaiting from results from the UBE. I started managing school…

  • Issues,  Law School,  Legal Practice,  Work Life Balance

    What Did You Miss?

    We’re so excited for 2015!  We have a lot of fun and informative plans in store for everyone! Though we’ve only been sharing information for the past four months, we wanted to share our favorite posts thus far: For prelaw students: our first part of the Breaking Barriers series. For law students: creating institutional change at your school even when faced with resistance. For attorneys: navigating the rules of professional etiquette, starting with your wardrobe. For those creating work-life balance:  What to do when family obligations become obstacles. Of course my ultimate favorite is our mission statement! We’ve had a really great four months and look forward to the New…

  • About

    Hello! Our Mission Statement  Welcome to Latinas Uprising! This is a community for new and aspiring attorneys seeking to excel in their new careers. Latinas make up only 1.3% of legal professionals in the United States and to get to law school, Latinas have to overcome more social, cultural, and systemic barriers than other social groups. It is a tough journey to a J.D.! Latinas Uprising is here to guide you through the higher Ed maze; help you overcome the cultural conflicts you experience with family as you embark in a new career; and provide you with practical advice to advance in your law practice. In short, Latinas Uprising is…

  • FAQ

    Why is this needed? Latinas are part of the fastest-growing and largest minority group in the United States, but compose only 1.3% of the legal profession.  Our lack of representation is due to myriad of obstacles that we encounter that deter us from even getting to law school.  Before law school, many of us had to overcome many barriers, including– poverty; the limitations imposed by acculturation; an unsupportive educational system; as well as rigid social customs and gender roles that rarely  empower us to join this profession. Once we’re in school, we often face subtle (at times blatant) racism, sexism, micro-aggressions, and behavior that make us question our own worth.  Many…

  • Law School

    Work With What You Got

    This week the internet was down at my house and because I can’t get ready without background noise, I started playing my iTunes on my laptop (lol wut). A Laura Pausini song came on and suddenly summer 06 came flashing back. That summer, I took the June LSAT and spent the rest of time researching law schools and starting my personal statements. Our house had no AC so the family computer was in the basement so that we wouldn’t sweat to death while using the hot ass computer. It was a really out of date desktop–so out of date that the screen lagged behind the keyboard. Like, I would write…

  • Issues,  Law School,  Legal Practice,  Work Life Balance

    Three Years and Three Big Lessons

    I can’t believe it’s been three years since I went live with his site! When I first started Latinas Uprising, I had no clue what type of community I would find—I just knew that surely there were others that experienced the legal profession in the same manner as me. In time, I have met so many amazing women. Women who are focused, driven, passionate, and outspoken—I’m always so impressed and motivated by the accomplishments of this community! So, with that in mind, I wanted to share three things I’ve learned in the past three years: One. Latinas are amazing. Is this obvious? Maybe. In general, I know amazing Latinas who…

  • Issues

    There’s No Such Thing As Reverse Racism

    Today, I woke up to the news that this administration is planning to investigate colleges that discriminate against White people. Specifically, they are planning to attack affirmative action programs. As an advocate for increased access to education in the Latinx community, campaigns like this make me want to scream. Anyone who is genuine about education and increased access knows that AA programs do not harm people in power. In fact, and please repeat this until you can’t say it anymore, white women have benefited the most from affirmative action. Affirmative action programs and policies gave me a spot in schools and situations where I likely would have been overlooked in…

  • Law School,  Work Life Balance

    Summer Series: The Journey to Law School

    Our Summer Series for Summer 16 comes to an end! This series highlights different Latina students and law grads as they embark in their summer jobs and/or bar prep all across the country. We hope to provide a variety of work experiences, options for a healthy work-life balance, and general motivation through different guest contributors to help you to take charge of your summer and professional goals!  Today we hear from Nataly, a rising 1L, committed to immigrant and farmworker justice as she gears up for her first semester of law school while balancing the guilt that comes with bucking our traditions:  Earlier in the spring, I opened up an email from the school I…