Welcome to Latinas Uprising! This is a community for new and aspiring attorneys seeking to excel in the legal field.
Latinas make up less than 2% of legal professionals in the United States. To even be admitted into law school, Latinas must overcome more social, cultural, and systemic barriers than other social groups. No doubt, it is a tough journey to a J.D.!
Latinas Uprising is here to guide you through the higher education maze; give you tools to overcome the systemic barriers in law school; help you navigate the cultural conflicts you experience with family as you embark on a new career; and equip you with practical knowledge to advance your legal practice. Our goal is to increase the amount of Latina Lawyers in the U.S. while fostering a formidable group of mujeres who are ready to lead both in their jobs and communities.
Latinas Uprising is for the modern Latina with dreams, career goals, and life aspirations who strives to maintain her cultural identity and family traditions.
Whether you’re a pre-law student considering law school or a new attorney beginning your career there is a space for you here.
About the Founder:
Hi! My name is Nubia and I’m the founder and CEO of Latinas Uprising.
In a nutshell: midwest-raised, Chicago-living, Mexican/Panamanian, total millennial, cat obsessed, writer, digital artist, former immigration attorney turned public servant turned sabbatical-taker who is now mapping out how to best serve community in a way that challenges and fulfills me. Always learning and seeking ways to grow!
More in depth: I always wanted to be an attorney but was not sure how I would use my degree. Being a lawyer just felt like it would be empowering, which is what I need while growing up in a disempowered community and unstable home. As an undergrad, I became passionate about social justice. I recognized that as an attorney, I could advocate for progressive change. Immediately after my college graduation, I moved to Chicago to start law school. For the first half of my career, I represented survivors of gender-based crimes and low-wage workers seeking immigration, employment, human trafficking, and/or farm workers rights relief at the largest legal aid in the state. In the midst of presidential administration targeting immigrant communities, I made a switch to policy with local government to try to do the most good that I could for a city that I love. At the City, I lead all immigration policy and was responsible for ensuring all city resources, polices, and programs were accessible to any Chicago resident regardless of status, add about a hundred other responsibilities, and that was my work for four years. It was never-ending, grueling, challenging but wonderful and a master class in executive leadership all at once. In spring 2023, my appointment with the City ended and I am currently taking a sabbatical to assess my skills, vision for the future, and how I can best serve community.
The constant throughout all this is Latinas Uprising. I created Latinas Uprising because I struggled through law school and wanted to help other women experiencing similar struggles. In law school, I often felt out of place, unprepared, and questioned whether I could really achieve my life-long goal of being an attorney. It wasn’t until after law school that I realized many of those experiences and feelings had less to do with me and more to do with systemic oppression, cultural barriers, and implicit bias that impacts all of our educational and professional careers. My goal with Latinas Uprising is to expose those roadblocks and provide new & aspiring attorneys the tools to recognize and overcome them. Through this online community, which now reaches over 27,000 young professionals, I produce written and video content and create digital art centered around the Latina experience.
Let’s connect: @Latinas_Uprising–I’m way more fun on instagram!