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M. Lucero Ortiz-February 2008


Placement: Chambers of Judge Ricardo Urbina
Hometown: San Jose, CA
Education: University of California-Los Angeles, B.A. in International Development Studies and Chicana/o Studies; American University, Juris Doctor, Washington College of Law

As the daughter of immigrant parents from Zacatecas, Mexico, Ms. Ortiz has a long track record for social justice advocacy with a special focus on community empowerment. During her undergraduate studies at UCLA, Ms. Ortiz directed a mentorship program for first generation college students and led workshops for community college students regarding financial aid and college admissions. Prior to attending law school, Ms. Ortiz served as the Director of Immigrant Higher Education Outreach for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) in Los Angeles, where she traveled extensively to inform immigrant students about their educational opportunities. At the Washington College of Law at American University, Ms. Ortiz was a student attorney in the International Human Rights Law Clinic, a constitutional law teacher at School Without Walls High School in DC, and was awarded El Premio Inspiracion for her outstanding service to the Latino community in D.C. She will utilize her law degree to assist and raise awareness about communities who have not traditionally accessed the legal system.


Past Fellow of the Month

Scott Astrada March 2014 Fellow of the Month
Daphne Delgado - February 2014 Fellow of the Month
Carolina Rizzo - January 2014 Fellow of the Month
Elizabeth Padilla-Crespo - December 2013 Fellow of the Month
Yesenia Lopez - November 2013 Fellow of the Month
Norma Salazar-Ibarra and Pedro Suarez: October 2013 Fellows of the Month
Reuben Kapp - May 2013 Fellow of the Month
Michael Bueno - Fellow of the Month - April 2013
Jennifer Castillo - Fellow of the Month March 2013
Morgan Brand - Fellow of the Month February 2013
Aurelia De La Rosa Aceves & Daniel Lind - January 2013
Aurelia de la Rosa Aceves - January 2013
Pamela Diaz - December 2012
Jose Plaza - November 2012
Elizabeth Salinas - April 2012
Mario Flores - March 2012
Tomas Robles, Jr. - February 2012
Cristal Ruiz - December 2011
Monica Bautista - November 2011
Alyssa Padilla - May 2011
Josefina Villanueva - April 2011
Alexis Ruiz - March 2011
Judith Perez -- February 2011
Romie Barriere -- December 2010
Miguel Lopez -- November 2010
Evelia Castillo -- May 2010
Julio Costa - April 2010
Ulises A. Gonzalez - March 2010
Andrea Serra - February 2010
Bertha Guerrero - January 2010
Rebecca Medina - December 2009
Rita Rico - November 2009
Craig Martinez-May 2009
Daniel Montes-April 2009
Stephen Perez-March 2009
Veronica Duron-February 2009
Esther Valle-April 2008
Robert Fuentes-March 2008
M. Lucero Ortiz-February 2008
Daniel Herrera-January 2008
Frinny R. Polanco-November 2007
Betsaida Alcantara-April 2007
Jose A. Medina-March 2007
Angelica M. Reza-February 2007


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