Executive Board

 
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Melqui Fernandez,
Co-President & Admissions Co-Chair

Melqui is from Brooklyn, NY and studied History as an undergrad at Columbia University. Before law school, he was a community organizer, paralegal, and the fourth-fastest Instacart shopper at the Tenleytown Whole Foods. He enjoys all things Dominican, reading about politics and history, and playing video games. 

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Danny Echevarria,
Co-President

Danny is a born and raised Brooklyn native who studied sociology at Brown University. He is of Puerto Rican and Trinidadian descent. Before law school, he served a program coordinator at Riker's Island jail complex and then a legal assistant at Sullivan & Cromwell, LLP. Danny spent this past summer working for the New York City Department of Social Services, performing housing discrimination work under its Source of Income Discrimination Unit. In his free time, Danny enjoys playing basketball, spitting raps, and watching anime series.

 
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Veronica Portillo Heap,
Treasurer

Veronica is from Whittier, California and attended the University of Chicago where she studied history and gender and sexuality studies. Before law school, she worked at the National Immigrant Justice Center as a paralegal, pro bono coordinator, and accredited representative. She spent her 1L summer at the Los Angeles County Public Defender's Office. At MLaw, she is an FYI Leader, associate editor of the Michigan Law Review, and on the boards of MILLA and NLG. She enjoys karaoke and listening to podcasts.

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Miguel Suarez Medina,
Admissions Co-Chair

Miguel was born in Colombia and has spent most of his life in the Chicago suburbs. He majored in economics and history at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. During his gap year he worked for the University of Illinois administration, a boutique ligation firm in New York City, and finally was an SEO Law Fellow at Jenner & Block LLP in Chicago. He split his 1L summer working as a Legal Intern at the National Immigrant Justice Center and as a summer associate at Jenner & Block. When not tangoing with law school, you’ll find him on a run, cooking, or exploring musical genres from around the world.

 
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Gaby Boria,
Mr. Wolverine Co-Chair

I'm originally from Venezuela, but I grew up in Miami, FL. I went to Boston College for undergrad, where I majored in Economics and minored in French. During my time at BC, I was also part of Latin dance group called Fuego del Corazón that was basically the best thing I've ever been a part of (only second to MLaw/LLSA, of course) (pls DM me / never hesitate to ask me for a cool picture of a stunt we did during a performance that they named after me). This summer I worked at Paul, Weiss in New York City. I like to dance, go to brunch, and watch horror movies with friends! 

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Daniela Sanchez,
Mr. Wolverine Co-Chair

I was born in Colombia and grew up in Boston. I graduated from UMass Amherst in 2012.  Before law school, I worked in IP management advising large and small R&D organizations  on their IP strategies. I spent my 1L summer at big law firm in Boston. I am interested in IP Litigation and Tech Transactions. In my free time, I enjoy reading (non-law school books), dancing salsa, and re-decorating my apartment. 

 
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Melissa Almonte,
Juan Luis Tienda Co-Chair

Melissa was born and raised in the great city of Brooklyn, NY. In her pre-law school life, she advocated for foster care reform and worked to defend immigrants in deportation proceedings. At MLaw, she is also involved with MILLA, NLG, and MDefenders. Pizza is her main food group, though she can also never say no to plantains.

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Nathan Santoscoy,
Juan Luis Tienda Co-Chair

Hi! I’m Nathan Santoscoy and I am from Detroit, Michigan. I went to Michigan State University for undergrad. After that, I spent two years at the Arab American National Museum before law school. During that time, I also worked for a podcast called American Intersections, which told the stories of and advocated for DACA recipients, and I worked at a fruit stand in Eastern Market. This summer I worked at the Office of the Colorado State Public Defender in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. After law school I hope to work in Chicago, either as a Public Defender or in the labor law field. I enjoy soccer (watching and playing [Am I good? No.]), reading (mostly modern fiction), and listening to true crime podcasts.

 
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Chris Gay,
Social Chair

Chris grew up in Ann Arbor, MI and attended Williams College. Before law school, he spent 5 years in Chicago where he worked at the University of Illinois Cancer Center. In that time he also worked as a professional stand-up and improv comedian. This past summer Chris worked at DTE energy and is planning to work at Quarles and Brady in Chicago next summer. 

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Alessandra Rosales,
Alumni Chair

Prior to Michigan Law, Alessandra studied English, psychology, and French at the University of Florida. At Michigan, Alessandra is a Senior Editor for the Michigan Law Review and former co-president of the Latino Law Student Association. She enjoys baking, reading fiction, and playing violin.