Today we are featuring our second Lawtino, and we are looking forward to have more Lawtinos share their stories with us! We asked Adan Ramirez to tell his story and give our aspiring Lawtinx some advice:
“It is an honor to be featured here. I was born and raised in Chicago, in one of the largest Mexican communities in the US, La Villita. My parents instilled in me that with hard work y con muchas ganas todo es posible. I attended the University of Iowa where I triple majored and earned my B.A. in Political Science, Philosophy, and Ethics & Public Policy. Thereafter, I was admitted into Chicago-Kent College of Law where I have graduated as a Juris Doctorate with a certificate in Business Law. I hope to use my law degree to assist individuals who are seeking independence through entrepreneurship. More importantly, throughout my career it has been with the support of my parents and mentors that have guided me to success.
With this in mind, I have a dear commitment to the advancement of the Latinx Community. In my two summers of law school I was a camp counselor for the Hispanic National Bar Foundation where I spent a week in D.C. with 30 Latinx high school students from across the country introducing them to the Law. I also volunteered at a help desk assisting low income pro se litigants. Here I was able to personally assist Spanish speaking litigants navigate the complicated court system. Professionally, I spent my first summer as a legal intern in-house at Chubb.
Then I had the opportunity to be a law clerk at the only 100% Mexican owned Commercial Law Firm in Chicago. Concurrently, I was also a law clerk for a solo practitioner assisting him with private placement offerings. All I hope from this is that someone out there sees that it is possible to be part of the 5% of Latinx Lawyers in the country. I am always more than happy to speak to anyone who is thinking about law school.
Advice I will give any aspiring lawyer and anyone in general who is embarking in a profession are:
1. Get involved. It is important that you build your professional network as early as possible. These will be the opportunities where you can identify mentors. In college I joined the largest latino based fraternity Sigma Lambda Beta. It was through this organization that I met Latino lawyers and other professionals. By the time it came to apply for law school, I was able to reach out to mentors to review my law school essay and to ask for personal recommendation letters. Other activities I got involved with during college was student government and the Latino student body association.
2. Learn yourself. It is important, through trial and error, to identify what works best for you when it comes to school and work. Learn whether you're a morning or night person. When are you most productive? Do you perform better when you study alone or in a group?. What activities help you distress? College and law school can be overwhelming and the work does not get any easier, but what helps is knowing how you are most successful at tackling challanges. At the end of the day, it is you who will need to do all the readings and all the assignments, so you need to do it your way.
3. Trust yourself. Wherever you are in life, you have done so because of your hard work and dedication. Don't forget the reasons why you want to succeed, and let that be the motivation moving forward. You may be the first in your family going to college or law school, you may be the only Latino in your class, you may feel alone at times, but just remember that you are part of the change. If you ever feel down, look up, as there has been people before you paving the way. So reach out! As I'm sure one day you will be the one looking back to make sure you extend your hand to those looking for your help.”
Thank you, Adan! Congratulations on your achievements and thank you for encouraging our community!