Featured Lawtina: Karla V. Mardueño

Karla’s story is so inspiring and mind blowing. We love seeing Lawtinas making history! Congratulations and keep thriving! Thank you for sharing your story with us, Karla! 


“I’ve known I wanted to be a lawyer for as long as I can remember, but getting to this point required for me to fight against the odds.  I was born and raised on the South Side of Chicago by a 15-year old Mexican immigrant—and the most wonderful mother in the world. 

            Instability was my norm.  By the time I got to high school, I had attended over a dozen different schools and had completely missed my freshman year of high school.  However, even in the midst of all of this chaos, I knew that my struggle was preparing for something bigger.  In 2011, after 3 years of day and night school classes, I became the first person in my family to graduate high school.  But I didn’t just graduate high school—I graduated with a full ride from the Posse Foundation to attend Trinity College, a prestigious liberal arts college in Connecticut.  I went on to graduate from college with an internship to work at the White House with former First Lady, Michelle Obama. 

            Right when I thought life couldn’t get any better, it did.  I was accepted to attend Howard University School of Law.  Since I stepped foot on my law school campus, I was determined to give law school everything I had and I stayed true to that.  In 2017, as a 2L, I became the very first Latina Editor-in-Chief of the Howard Law Journal, I secured a litigation associate position at the No. 1 ranked law firm in Chicago, and graduated Top 10 in my class.  I am so grateful for my journey because it has taught me discipline and resilience, but I am not done!  My hope and passion is to one day make an impact in foster care reform, an area of law that I have found is largely ignored.”