Meet the Members

LLSA Members with Supreme Court Justice, Sonia Sotomayor '79, during her visit to Yale Law School on October 25, 2014.

The Latinx Law Students Association (LLSA) of Yale Law School recently elected a new board for 2016-2017. Congratulations to new board members:

Melissa Marichal – President
Camila Vega – Vice President
Peter Posada – Academics & Professional Development Chair
Alexandra Gutierrez – Alumni Relations Chair
Valerie Comenencia-Ortiz – Community Outreach Chair
Andrés López-Delgado – Political Action Chair
Michael Gale – Recruitment Co-Chair
Anna Gonzalez – Recruitment Co-Chair
Laura Portuondo – Social Chair
Helen Diagama – Treasurer
Sol Hilfinger-Pardo – 3L Representative

About LLSA

LLSA of Yale Law School will be hosting its eleventh annual Alumni Achievement Award reception on October 22, 2016. LLSA celebrates a Latino alumnus or Latina alumna each year for his or her distinguished record of public service and leadership. The event brings together LLSA alumni, current students, and YLS faculty and administrators to celebrate the contributions and achievements of the honoree. This fall, we have the privilege of celebrating the accomplishments and leadership of Robert Gnaizda, ’60, founder of California Rural Legal Assistance and co-founder of Public Advocates and of the Greenlining Institute.

LLSA Board Members with the 2014 honoree, Eduardo Peñalver, Dean of Cornell Law School.

Alumni Awards Recipients

2006: Justice Sonia Sotomayor '79, Supreme Court of the United States.
2007: Thomas A. Saenz '91, MALDEF President and General Counsel.
Class of 2007 Special Award: Natalia Martín '85, Yale Law School Associate Dean of Students, 1991-2005.
2008: Honorable José A. Cabranes '65, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
2009: Honorable Cecilia M. Altonaga '86, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

2010: Professor Gerald Torres '77, Bryant Smith Chair in Law, The University of Texas School of Law.
2011: Justice Monica M. Márquez '97, Colorado Supreme Court.
2012: Rachel Moran, ’81, Dean of UCLA Law School and Michael J. Connell Distinguished Professor of Law.
2013: Cristina Rodriguez, ’00, Professor of Law (Yale Law School).
2014: Eduardo Peñalver ’99, Dean of Cornell Law School.
2015: Lourdes A. Rivera ’90, Senior Program Director, Ford Foundation




Our Gratitude to our Sponsors

LLSA is also grateful to our generous law firm sponsors that made the 2015 Alumni Achievement Award Dinner possible. Current sponsors include:

Gold: Vinson & Elkins, Davis Polk, Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett, Kirkland & Ellis, and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

Silver: Paul, Weiss, Ropes & Gray, and Cravath, Swaine & Moore

If you are interested in learning more about LLSA, please contact LLSA President, Melissa Marichal,, or LLSA Vice President, Camila Vega,

Student Organizations

The list of student organizations changes every year, based on the activities and interests of current students. The Law School provides a budget, shared storage space, and administrative resources to approved student organizations.

Now it is time to pivot and ask, where are your extraordinary gifts needed? How do you make this legal world that you are entering a better world? One where no one is shut out; one where the weak and vulnerable are not exploited; one that produces fair results based on the merits of the issues before it.”

Visiting Lecturer Stephen Bright

2012 Commencement Address