Featured Lawtina: Dania Pulido
Dania Pulido was born and raised in Weslaco, Texas in the Rio Grande Valley. She grew up on the Mexico-Texas border to Spanish speaking parents. Dania graduated from St. Mary's University School of Law in May 2017 and became licensed to practice law in Texas in November 2017. She graduated from St. Mary's University in San Antonio, Texas with a bachelor's degree in English-Communication Arts. In law school, she was a board member of the Women's Law Association all three years, including section senator of her 1L class. As a staff writer for Scholar: St. Mary's Law Review on Race and Social Justice, her article was chosen for publication in Volume 18. Dania's comment is titled, When Giving Birth Becomes a Liability: The Intersections of Reproductive Oppression and the Motherhood Wage Penalty for Latinas in Texas. Before attending law school, Dania was a legal organizer in the Rio Grande Valley. As an employee of the Texas Civil Rights Project, she worked with an attorney to coordinate DACA legal clinics all over the state of Texas. These clinics allowed viable candidates to apply for DACA free of charge. Dania is currently a staff attorney at Texas Legal Services Center. She works Legal Aid for Survivors of Sexual Assault (LASSA) and helps survivors who reside in Texas. In her spare time, she runs her self-published blog, DifficultNames.com, which focuses on connecting women through stories, style, and societal issues.
When asked what advice she would give her younger self, she said, "I'd tell her not to be so hard on herself. Law school is going to be difficult and there's going to be a lot of crying, but she has every right to be there. She is just as intelligent, deserving, and capable of everyone else who received an acceptance letter to law school, and when she takes the bar exam, she's going to be just as deserving as everyone who receives that license to practice law. I'd ask her to never doubt herself, to speak up in class even when she's extremely shy, and to love herself a little more because she is fierce."