Featured Lawtina: Gidget Benitez, Founder of "Afro-Lawtina"

Gidget Benitez was born in Washington, D.C., and raised in Maryland and Florida. She graduated from the University of Central Florida with a B.S. in Psychology and Certificates in Criminal Profiling and Behavioral Forensics. In 2016, Gidget graduated from American University Washington College of Law, where she earned her Juris Doctor with a focus on intellectual property law. In 2018, Gidget became a Maryland licensed attorney. 



As a CHCI Law Graduate Fellow, Gidget is eager to get hands-on experience in federal policymaking and develop the tools and professional experiences required to create national legislative change, while working on behalf of underserved communities. To that end, Gidget's fellowship experience has been split into two placements. She first clerked for the Honorable Hiram E. Puig-Lugo at the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. She will be completing her second placement as Law Fellow in the U.S. Senate.



In law school, Gidget was Editor-in-Chief of the American University Intellectual Property Brief and a Student Attorney in the American University Washington College of Law Civil Advocacy Clinic, where she worked on wage theft, U-visa, and T-visa matters. During her summers, she was a Judicial Intern for the Honorable Jimmie V. Reyna at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the Honorable Ivan D. Davis at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.


In her spare time, Gidget has served in various leadership roles within the Hispanic Bar Association of DC. She has been Co-Chair of the Student Affairs Committee and a member of the Legislation and Policy Committee. In 2018, she was Chair of the Diversity Report Committee and helped to author the HBA-DC's inaugural Diversity Report.


To address deficiencies in knowledge about resources and scholarships for people of color, Gidget created “Afro LAWtina.” The podcast is dedicated to answering frequently asked questions of African American and Latino pre-law and law students, sharing networking strategies, and success during & after law school.

 https://afrolawtina.wixsite.com/content/about-gidget, find out more here. 

Gidget’s passion for public service stems from her own experience as a homeless high school student raised by a single mother from the Caribbean islands, and as a first generation attorney.