Bienvenidos e Bem-vindos a LLSA!


The Latinx Law Students Association (LLSA) of Yale Law School is excited to announce the new board for 2017-2018. Congratulations to new board members:


President: Isabella (Isa) Uría
Vice President: Saúl Ramírez

Academics: José Argueta Funes
Alumni Relations: Luis F. Ramirez
Communications: Danielle Makarsky
Community Outreach: Nicole Brambila
Political Action Chair: Hayden Rodarte
Professional Development: Adrian Gonzalez & Valentina Garzon
Recruitment: Jason Benitez & Ali Cooper-Ponte
Social: Luís Calderón Gómez

Law Firm Liaison: Andrew Molina
3L Representatives: Melissa Z. Marichal & Camila Vega

A Message from the Board


Welcome to YLS, all new Latinx 1Ls, transfers, LL.Ms and J.S.Ds, and welcome back to our incredible returning members of LLSA!

We are excited to usher in a new year with one of our largest membership counts yet.  LLSA has been a home for Latinx students at YLS for many years, and our community becomes more and more vibrant with each incoming class.  Our members come from many backgrounds, and we unite by celebrating our unique stories.  There is truly no organization like LLSA, and we can’t wait to share it with you!

We are working hard this summer to prepare a year full of academic resources, opportunities for professional development, community outreach and political engagement, and most of all, events to help make our LLSA community into our LLSA family.

If you would like to learn more about who we are and what we do, or if you are just excited for the year ahead, please do not hesitate to reach out to Isa Uría at [email protected].  We can’t wait to see you!

-- The Yale LLSA Board



LLSA is dedicated to growth, community-building, and professional and academic development for all our members.  In service of these broad goals, LLSA designs programming intended to provide opportunities to meet Latinx practitioners, activists, members of public service, academics, and others; to connect with our alumni network; and to create a political and cultural footprint at YLS.

Never has the call been so strong for politically and academically active Latinxs in the United States. That said, building a community of scholars, practitioners, and agents of change requires cultivating a culture of inclusion. LLSA seeks, first and foremost, to construct a space of engagement and a platform from which our members may launch successful careers with impact.

LLSA Members with Supreme Court Justice, Sonia Sotomayor '79, during her visit to Yale Law School on October 25, 2014.

Programming for 2017-2018

LLSA plans to implement the following programs, among others, in the 2017-2018 academic year;


At the start of the academic year, all members, old and new, will be invited to a retreat, where members can enjoy the September weather, welcome the incoming class, and foster community among our membership.

Study Hour

LLSA will host a weekly workshop series to provide important skills within and outside of the classroom. Though directed toward the 1L class, it will be open to all members.

LLSA Forum

Throughout the year, LLSA will host student forums or invited speakers for discussion and critical exploration of Latinxs in law and challenges facing our communities at and beyond YLS.  Speakers will include practitioners in the private sector, public interest, government, and academia, as well as a number of Latinx judges.

NYC Job Trek

LLSA will arrange a day-long job trek to New York City for a group of LLSA students in the spring semester to meet with talent management/representatives at both firms and non-profits in the city. 

Firms and NGOs interested in hosting LLSA members during this event or interested in visiting YLS to meet with LLSA members should contact Adrian Gonzalez at [email protected] and Valentina Garzon at [email protected]

Buddy Program

All 1Ls and transfers will be paired with an upperclassman buddy as a resource throughout the year.  LL.Ms and J.S.Ds will also have the opportunity to participate in a pilot buddy program with a J.D. who will invite them home during a long weekend or holiday.

LLSA Scholar 

LLSA will offer resources in support of student scholarship relating to any aspect of latinidad or Latinx/Latin American legal issues. At the end of the year, the LLSA Scholar will present their research to the broader LLSA and YLS community.

Social Events

LLSA will hold regular social events, including:

  • “LLSA spotlights” during which members will share their research or pre-YLS work with the community
  • Potlucks and kick-backs at LLSA member apartments
  • “Mesas Espanglesas/Portuglesas,” or Spanish/Portuguese lunches
  • Noches de Pachanga events with dancing and LLSA bonding

Alumni Awards Recipients

2006: Justice Sonia Sotomayor '79, Supreme Court of the United States.
2007: Thomas A. Saenz '91, MALDEF President and General Counsel.
Class of 2007 Special Award: Natalia Martín '85, Yale Law School Associate Dean of Students, 1991-2005.
2008: Honorable José A. Cabranes '65, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
2009: Honorable Cecilia M. Altonaga '86, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

2010: Professor Gerald Torres '77, Bryant Smith Chair in Law, The University of Texas School of Law.
2011: Justice Monica M. Márquez '97, Colorado Supreme Court.
2012: Rachel Moran, ’81, Dean of UCLA Law School and Michael J. Connell Distinguished Professor of Law.
2013: Cristina Rodriguez, ’00, Professor of Law (Yale Law School).
2014: Eduardo Peñalver ’99, Dean of Cornell Law School.
2015: Lourdes A. Rivera ’90, Senior Program Director, Ford Foundation




Gratitude to our Sponsors

LLSA is grateful to our generous law firm sponsors who have supported our community over the years. Current sponsors include:

Gold: Vinson & Elkins, Davis Polk, Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett, Kirkland & Ellis, and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

Silver: Paul, Weiss, Ropes & Gray, and Cravath, Swaine & Moore


Contact Us


If you are interested in learning more about LLSA’s activities or would like to get involved in our community efforts, please do not hesitate to contact LLSA President Isabella (Isa) Uría at [email protected] or LLSA Vice President Saúl Ramirez at [email protected].

This year, LLSA is looking to enhance our alumni-student relations and build a stronger Yale LLSA Alumni Network.  If you are an alum who has not yet joined our alumni network, and would like to connect with us, please contact our Alumni Relations Chair, Luís Ramirez at [email protected].

LLSA is in the process of developing an alumni website where we will share what our community is up to throughout the year and where members and alumni alike can access information on opportunities for engagement with our growing community!  Check back here for the link in the Fall!

You can make a difference… The history of the last 40 years happened because people like you entered the fray and chipped away at problems that they were told were politically impossible to fix.”

Michael Posner

Honorary Doctor of Laws, 2014 Commencement Address