Welcome to Latinas Uprising! This is a community for new and aspiring attorneys seeking to excel in the legal field.
Latinas make up only 1.3% 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.
In short, 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 Editor:
Hi! My name is Nubia and I’m the founder and editor of Latinas Uprising.
In a nutshell: midwest-raised, Chicago-living, Mexican/Panamanian, total millennial, cat obsessed, former immigration attorney turned policy analyst. Here are some fun facts about me!
More in depth: As an undergrad, I became passionate about social, racial, and gender-based justice. I realized that by becoming 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 seeking immigration relief at the largest legal aid in the state. In the midst of political turmoil, I made a switch to policy within local government to try to do the most good that I could for a city that I love.
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.
Let’s connect: @Latinas_Uprising