2021 1L Diversity Fellowship Recipients

2021 1L DIVERSITY FELLOWS

Jayshawn “Jay” Anderson attends University of California Hastings College of the Law (“UC Hastings”). He graduated from Case Western Reserve University with a B.A. in Psychology with minors in Economics and Chemistry after taking a gap year in Brazil. At UC Hastings, Jay served as a representative of the Black Law Students Association and Treasurer of the Associated Students of Hastings. He was also recipient of Hasting’s inaugural Center of Business Law Scholarship. Prior to attending law school, Jay worked for the One Love Foundation and the Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP) in San Francisco, CA. Additionally, Jay worked as a financial analyst for a sustainably constructed portfolio management fund called Hall Capital Partners LLC. I had the privilege to be a part of the team responsible for pegging the firm’s Full-Consequence Investment program to the United Nation’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. He is spending his summer as extern for the Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court.
Vandana Apte attends Harvard Law School. She is a graduate of Rutgers University, where she obtained her B.S. in Biotechnology. Prior to law school, Vandana taught English to high schoolers in the Czech Republic on a Fulbright grant. She also worked as a research technician at a genetics laboratory at New York University, where she helped automate a COVID-testing protocol. At Harvard Law School, Vandana is the incoming Co-President of the South Asian Law Students Association (SALSA), the incoming Co-Vice President of the Alliance for Reproductive Justice, a Submissions Manager at the Harvard Journal of Law & Technology, and an incoming Student Attorney at the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau. Vandana will be spending her summer as a Legal Intern at the National Advocates for Pregnant Women. 
Anna Blanco Anna Blanco attends Boston University School of Law. Anna graduated summa cum laude from Boston University with a B.A. in Economics and Latin American Studies. During law school, Anna is the Marketing Director for the Latin American Law Student Association (LALSA) and a member of First Generation Professionals (FGP). Prior to attending law school, she worked as a paralegal at a mid-size law firm that specializes in veterans’ disability benefits. Anna also served as a congressional intern in the United States House of Representatives through the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute. This summer, Anna will be working as Legal Intern for the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General.
Valeria Espinal Valeria Espinal attends Washington and Lee University School of Law (“W&L”). She graduated from St. Thomas University with a B.A. in Political Science (Honors) and International Relations (Major). At W&L Law, she is part of the Latin American Law Student Association (LALSA) and is the incoming Secretary of LALSA. Prior to attending law school, she worked as a Research Assistant for the Human Rights Department at St. Thomas University, and as a Peer Tutor for Political Science courses. She has participated in numerous American and Canadian Moot Court competitions, including one in which she went on to win a Top Orator award. She will be spending her summer as a Judicial Intern for the Honorable Judge Leo T. Sorokin of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts. 
Carlos Larrauri Carlos Larrauri attends The University of Michigan Law School and is pursuing a concurrent M.P.P. at the Harvard Kennedy School as a Zuckerman Fellow. He obtained a B.A. in Humanities from New College of Florida and a B.S.N. from Miami Dade College. He also holds an M.S.N. from the University of Miami, where he was a recipient of the 2017 Community Engagement Award. At Michigan Law, he is a member of the Michigan Health Law Organization and the Latino Law School Students Association. Before attending law school, Carlos worked as a nurse practitioner providing telehealth services to underserved populations and as a registered nurse at a state hospital. He will spend his summer as a Student Attorney for the University of Michigan Pediatric Advocacy Clinic.
Jerelyn Luther Jerelyn Luther attends Columbia Law School (“Columbia”). She is a graduate of Yale University, where she obtained her B.A. in History. At Columbia, Jerelyn is the incoming President of Empowering Women of Color (EWOC), and Mentorship Chair of the Black Law Students Association (BLSA). She is also a member of Suspension Representation Project, and worked as a research assistant at the Human Rights Institute at Columbia. Prior to law school, Jerelyn spent four years as a middle school teacher in New Orleans, LA, and Brooklyn, NY. Jerelyn will spend her summer with the Advancement Project – National Office as a legal intern.
Kimberly Meija Kimberly Mejia attends University of California, Berkeley School of Law (“UC Berkeley”). She obtained her B.A. in Legal Studies and Ethnic Studies from UC Berkeley, graduating with distinction and the highest departmental honors in her major. Prior to law school, Kimberly served as a legal intern for the Americorps-JusticeCorps program and was an SEO Law Fellow at O’Melveny & Myers. At Berkeley Law, she is an incoming Submissions Editor for the La Raza Law Journal and a board member on the Student Association at Berkeley Law. Kimberly will spend her summer as an intern for the Honorable Philip S. Gutierrez, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court, Central District of California.
Magdalin Pena Magdalin Peña attends Brooklyn Law School (“Brooklyn Law”). Magdalin received her B.A. from Fordham University with a degree in Comparative Literature. At Brooklyn Law, Magdalin is a member of Brooklyn Law’s Moot Court, Trial Division, serves as a delegate for the Art Law Society, and is a member of Brooklyn Law’s Phi Delta Phi chapter. Prior to attending law school, Magdalin was a student speaker at the 2015 Inner-City Scholarship Fund Lawyer’s Luncheon and was selected as a 2019 Sidely Austin Pre-Law Scholar. Magdalin will be spending her summer as an intern for the Hon. Lorna G. Schofield in the Southern District of New York.
Travis Salters

Travis Salters attends Boston College Law School (“BC Law”). He received his B.A. from Penn State University, majoring in Journalism and African/African-American Studies with a minor in Political Science. At BC Law, he is the incoming Co-President of the Black Law Student Association (BLSA) and Vice President of BC’s Impact Blog. Prior to attending law school, Travis co-founded a non-profit organization in Atlanta called Next Generation Men and Women, an organization dedicated to providing exposure and support to post-secondary pathways and careers for high school students. This work was inspired by his work with Teach For America as a high school literature teacher in Southwest Atlanta. Travis will spend this summer with the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General in the Administrative Law Division. 

Kaija Townsend

Kaija Townsend attends Boston University School of Law (“BU Law”).  Kaija graduated magna cum laude from Brandeis University with a B.A. in Business and International Studies.  At BU Law, Kaija is a full tuition Dean's Scholar as well as a member of the Women's Law Association (WLA), Women of Color Collaborative (WoCC), First Generation Professionals (FGP), and is the Co-Vice President of the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association (APALSA). Kaija is an incoming student attorney in the BU Law Immigrants' Rights and Human Trafficking Clinic, where she will advocate for the fundamental rights of labor and sex-trafficking victims.  Prior to law school, she worked as a paralegal at Sidley Austin LLP where she assisted attorneys on civil litigation and immigration pro-bono matters.  She will spend the upcoming summer working as a Judicial Intern for the Honorable Allison D. Burroughs at the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts. 

 

2021 Wayne A. Budd & Marian A. Tse Scholarship Recipient

The Wayne A. Budd and Marian A. Tse Diversity Scholarships are provided to outstanding 1L Diversity Fellows who have demonstrated the tenacity and talent to excel in the legal profession. Those selected will receive a paid 2L summer position in one of Goodwin’s U.S. domestic offices and an additional $10,000 towards tuition for the third year of law school.

Justin Brogan

Justin Brogan attends Boston University School of Law (“BU Law”). He graduated summa cum laude from Tufts University with a B.A. in Political Science. At BU Law, Justin is a member of OutLaw and the Review of Banking and Financial Law. Prior to attending law school, Justin interned for the Campaign Legal Center in Washington, D.C. and MassVote in Boston, MA, organizations which advocate for legislation to strengthen voting rights. Additionally, Justin worked as a legislative aide for Massachusetts State Senator Cindy F. Friedman where he managed the office’s constituent services program and worked on legislation to expand access to mental health and substance use treatment. He spent this past summer as a legal intern at Greater Boston Legal Services. Justin was a previous Goodwin 1L Diversity Fellow and will be spending his upcoming summer as a summer associate in our Boston office.