Featured Lawtina: Alexandra M. Fuxá Ramírez
My name is Alexandra M. Fuxá Ramírez and I am originally from Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico. Ever since I turned 13, I have spent a significant part of my life moving from place to place: other than Puerto Rico, I have lived in São Paulo, Brazil; Columbus, Ohio; Carmel, Indiana; and I will soon be moving to Los Angeles, California!
I graduated cum laude from The Ohio State University, where I majored in International Studies and Mandarin-Chinese. Back then, I thought I wanted to become a U.S. Diplomat, although my dad always told me I would grow up to become a lawyer. After graduation, I was trying to figure out what my true passion was. All I knew was I wanted to use my language skills together with my international background to help others, but I could not figure out exactly how to do that.
This is when I decided to go to law school, which is where I fell in love with practicing immigration law. Since my 1L year, I started volunteering with the Immigration Law Clinic at the law school, and by the beginning of my 2L year I started working at a small immigration law firm-the Linda Kelly Law Office, where I still work today. This past summer, I was awarded the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles Fran Kandel Fellowship, which allowed me to design and create a brochure informing immigrant survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking about the public benefits they are eligible for in California depending on their immigration status. I am now a 3L at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. After graduating in May, I will be moving to Los Angeles to practice immigration law.
I have always been very determined and hardworking, and law school was no exception to that. I have been the champion of my school’s Staton Intramural Moot Court Competition, Associate Editor for the Indiana Health Law Review, and co-president of the Hispanic Law Society. However, something I would tell my younger self (and honestly, my current self as well) is how important it is to believe in yourself. There are times we all undermine our accomplishments, which can be harmful. Instead, we should all thrive to value ourselves, be grateful for how far we have come, and believe we will be able to accomplish even more.