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    Latina Leader: Karla Navarrete

    It’s time for another Latina Leader Lunes feature! Today we hear from California attorney, Karla Navarrete. A senior attorney at Coalition for Humane Rights, shares a bit of her work and what motivated her to become a lawyer. Spoiler: what I love most about her story is that she saw the need for more representation of Latinos in the law and then she went for it! And not only is she is excelling, she is leading a path for the next generation. 1.  When & why did you decide to go to law school? I decided to go to law school as a sophomore at UCLA. I was looking for…

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    LOGO REVEAL!

    The day is here! I’m so excited to finally reveal the new logo for Latinas Uprising!! You can tell how excited I am because this post is littered with exclamation points–my b! Four years ago, I picked the one picture taken of me at my swear-in and thought, this will do. And it has served me well, but it didn’t truly encompass the spirit of the community or what it has become. Through Latinas Uprising, I have seen a swell of dedicated, passionate, intelligent, educated women who are empowered to use their skills and knowledge to advance our communities. I am so honored to be a part of this group,…

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    Side Bar: Spooky Scary

    It’s November–yikes. I still have a few new year’s resolutions to meet (yes, I’m still keeping track because they’re on a ~vision board~ that stares at my face every morning. And I think I’m weird enough to try and get them accomplished before the end of the year. But before that, can I just say that October was crazy short. It was a whirlwind. Starting with work–we had Latinx heritage month celebrations, which are always super fun. I wasn’t able to do too much planning of it this year, but the events I went to were great. I had a lot of fundraising events to attend and that included an…

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    Sidebar: So Many Parties

    August was a whirlwind. There was a lot of events left and right, both at work and home. At work, we had like a million going away parties–ok, just four, but still a massive amount. We’ve had a lot of turnover lately for various reasons and of course that means we have goodbye parties for everyone. And while I like all my coworkers, just like Animal Farm, some are more liked than others lol #kanyeshrug. Meaning, I was really bummed when one of them left b/c we were work buds. But that is the life of legal aid–people come and go all the time. In the meantime, I super enjoyed…

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    SideBar: Four Years In {Anniversary Post}

    Four years ago, Latinas Uprising went live! I never, ever dreamed of how this community would unfold and how passionate I would become about diversity in the legal field. This site is a labor of love, and it brings me so much joy to work on it, little by little, everyday. Mil, mil, mil, mil gracias! I want to share four questions I had to think about during these past four years: One. Is there a need? The biggest question I had when I started this was whether or not there was an audience. I knew I had struggled in law school and even when I did my research, I…

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    Sidebar: Where to Even Start

    The title says it all. I have been hemming and hawing since the beginning of the year about work. I didn’t really know where I was heading and I was a little nervous about the outcome. Let me start at the beginning. For New Year’s I made getting a new position one of my goals. I had hoped it would be something new at work, but wasn’t sure and I was pushing myself that if nothing was coming I would start looking for other work outside my agency. I wanted to stay but knew that even though I loved my agency, my clients, my team, and the work that I…

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    Sidebar: Let’s Do Lunch

    I feel like I spent all of April “networking” (i.e. meeting with friends for coffee/lunch) or real networking (i.e. meeting with other professionals for work events). Either way, it was a lot of coffee/wine.  I saw a lot of people from outside my agency (both former coworkers and just people I know from the community) and it was SO cathartic to be able to talk about the general complaints about work, being a person of color in the law, plans/ideas, etc–I’m definitely adding more coffee dates to my summer!   The official events for work were actually fun (surprise). One was at City Winery, so that was great because obviously…

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    Sidebar: It is your birthday.

    This sidebar is a little different because honestly outside of my birthday and getting my hair done, March was kind of boring lol so I thought I’d switch it up and share a little more about me for new readers.  But I do have to add that my birthday was a lot of fun! We did a lot at work because one of my work buddies is amazing and super considerate. I <3 her. And home, obviously was super nice. E had flowers delivered to my office and we had dinner with friends at my fave tapas place, so it was great. New hair, who dis? Anyway, here is some…

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    Sidebar: It’s 2018 ya’ll

    Ok so January seemed like it went on forever, right? Maybe because I had a ton to do and vacation at the end of the month so it just seemed to drag. Not in a bad way, just a slow way  lol. Anyway, 2018 has been nice so far and different all at the same time. First, let me start with the nice. We celebrated NYE at a local Mexican restaurant called Adobo and it was just a really decadent dinner; filled with drinks and delicious food. Total gluttony and the perfect way to ring in a new year, imo. So that was a lot of fun. Soon after the…

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    Sidebar: It’s Christmas?

    In what will surprise no one, this month got away from me. Obvi you could tell because content was sloooooow around here. My bad. In my defense, I was sick for the majority of the month so that really does a number on me. The month however started incredibly well! I saw Marc Anthony in early December and he was great! I only go to see Beyonce, but my husband (who does not speak/understand Spanish) thought he’d enjoyed Marc Anthony so we decided to go. He’s such an amazing performer! So I thought I was ending the year with a bang and then I went to bed with a weird…