Executive Board


Carolina Velarde

Co-president/mr. wolverine co-chair

Carolina grew up in Panama City, Panama. Prior to law school, she was a litigation paralegal at a large law firm in New York City. She also participated in the SEO Law program. Besides LLSA, Carolina is a Notes Editor on Michigan Law Review, in the Michigan Innocence Clinic, member of the Women Law Student Association, First Generation Law Students Association, and the International Law Society. She is also an FYI and Orientation leader. Carolina plays soccer every week, goes to barre, and will try to pet any dog she spots on the quad.  Carolina's favorite thing about MLaw is the school spirit, which goes beyond Michigan Stadium: you will encounter the #MichiganDifference inside the classroom and outside Ann Arbor.


Jorge Mancillas

co-president/jlt co-chair

Jorge is originally form San Luis Potosí, México. He grew up in Phoenix, Arizona and that has been his home for the past 20 years. Before law school, he completed a Masters of Arts in Spanish Literature from Arizona State University. He also sold high-end home audio/video equipment for home entertainment. In law school, he has been very active with LLSA. Jorge says "it has been one of the most important groups I've ever been a part of. The support and camaraderie is very strong amongst us all." Jorge is also an Associate Editor on Michigan Law Review and part of the best a cappella group in the law school, Headnotes. His favorite thing about Michigan Law is the #MichiganDifference, because not just LLSA, but "everyone is willing to make your experience in law school a bit easier." Jorge considers himself an audiophile who has good taste in audio equipment and he enjoy binge watching Netflix. Don't miss Jorge on Wednesdays at karaoke! 


Daniel Ruiz


Danny is a Tejano and Texas is still his home. Before law school, Danny taught LSAT classes and worked for O'Reilly Auto-parts, where he delivered parts from the major warehouse all around the DFW area. He is a Social Justice Leader for the Michigan Access Program (MAP). Danny competed in the 1L Oral Advocacy Competition, was a Marshall for the Campbell Moot Court, and is the Law School Representative for the Ford School of Public Policy's LGBT Leadership Institute. He is also a member of Outlaws. Danny believes LLSA gave him the motivation to reconnect with a part of my heritage he had not tapped into fully. He is now devoting a greater portion of my time to mastering Spanish by taking classes outside the law school. Fun facts about Danny: he is a Gamer and an Ordained Minister.

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Marisa Bannon

Admissions co-chair

Marisa is a rising 2L at University of Michigan Law School from Fogelsville, PA. Prior to beginning law school, Marisa served as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Uruguay, traveling to various towns across the country teaching English and acting as a cultural ambassador for the U.S.  Most recently, she was the Production Coordinator for NBCUniversal’s TODAY Show, managing operational logistics including security, travel and remote broadcast coordination, including preparation for the 2016 Rio Olympics. Participating in LLSA has been an absolute highlight of her law school experience and the support and comradery within the organization is one of the kind. In her spare time, Marisa enjoys pop culture, hiking, traveling, and spending time with her family.

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Joan Campau

Admissions co-chair

Joan Campau is from Jackson, Michigan. Before law school she worked for non-profits in D.C., as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Panama, and in the family granite business. At MLaw she is involved with the Latino Law Student Association, the Michigan Journal of Environmental and Administrative Law, the Women's Law Student Association, and the Environmental Law Society. She loves the changing seasons in Ann Arbor and is in search of the best mole in town. 


Danielle Maldonado

Mr. wolverine co-chair

Danielle is originally from Chicago, IL (the actual city, not the burbs). Before Michigan, she worked in lawyer training and professional development for almost two years at a large law firm. She is currently on the board for the First Generation Law Students Association, Legal Advocates for Children and Youth, and the Gender Violence Project. Her favorite thing about MLaw is the community. In her free time, she loves to longboard...she can even longboard in heels! 


Irma Cruz

JLT co-chair

My name is Irma Cruz and I was born in Anaheim, California and raised in Los Angeles. Before law school, I joined Teach For America and taught 3rd graders for 3 years. It was an amazing experience where I was able have a direct educational impact on a community that reminded me so much of the community where I grew up. I am one of the JLT Co-Chairs and the VP of Racial Justice Coalition. I am also an associate editor of the Michigan Journal of Environmental and Administrative Law. What I love about LLSA is that it represents a home away from home. I have lived away from my parents (and consequently LA) for over 8 years now and I miss my community, where everyone around me was constantly speaking Spanish and where novelas were always playing in the background. LLSA gives me a piece of what I miss so much. I have people I can speak Spanish with and people I can share the common goal of having more Latinos join the legal profession. Something interesting about me is that I truly and genuinely love Michigan Winters and will miss them so much when I move back home! 



Alejandro Roa

jlt 1l Co-chair

Alejandro grew up in Barranquilla, Colombia. Prior to law school, he worked as a Sales Representative and Account Manager at a technology startup in Washington, DC. On a rainy day, you can find Alejandro sipping coffee while reading for the next day of class at a coffee shop near you. His interests include playing the guitar, salsa music, and anyone who can explain civ pro to him. His favorite soccer (fútbol) teams are FC Barcelona, Junior de Barranquilla, and the Colombian National team. If you ever have the pleasure of buying him a drink, he'd really enjoy a cold Sam Adams draft.


Amara Lopez

jlt 1l co-chair

Amara is from Ann Arbor, MI and graduated from the University of Michigan in 2012. She worked for Whole Foods Market in southern California and Austin, TX doing marketing and community relations prior to coming to Michigan Law in 2017. She loves to travel and has been to various cities across Cuba, Colombia, and Mexico. She loves her dog, Raia, more than anything in this world and spends her free time playing tag with Raia, exercising, brunch-ing with friends, and watching sports with her dad. 




Alessandra Rosales

1l representative

Alessandra was born in Peru and grew up in south Florida. She received her undergraduate degrees at the University of Florida. In college, she conducted research on memory and aging in aging populations. From a young age, she has been a violinist and has performed with several symphony orchestras. At Michigan Law, she is involved in the Michigan Access Program. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her cat and reading young adult literature.


Sophia Gonzalez

1l representative

Sophia Gonzalez was born and raised in Miami, Florida. Before law school, she received her undergraduate degree in History from Florida International University. She also interned at the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court of Florida. In addition to LLSA, at MLaw she is involved with Student Funded Fellowships, on the Finance Committee, and the Women Law Students Association. She also serves as an Admissions Tour Guide, and she participated in the 1L Oral Advocacy Competition. Her favorite part about LLSA is the friendships that she has formed. In her free time, Sophia enjoys listening to music, going to brunch, and watching movies at the State Theater.


Edwin Ramirez-Homs

3l representative

Hometown: Ciudad Juarez, Chih., México and El Paso, TX

Straight Through (a.k.a. K-JD)

Involved in the Mich. Journal of Race & Law and a soccer league

What I like about LLSA is how I've found everlasting friends

I used to dance to EDM music in high school!


Mayté Salazar

3l representative

Mayté grew up on the Texas-Mexico border and received her undergraduate degree in History, Anthropology, and Latin American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to attending law school, she spent a year as a community organizer with the Sierra Club, advocating for energy efficiency and clean energy programs for low-income Austinites. As a 2L, she served as President of the Latino Law Student Association and the Racial Justice Coalition. She also served as one of the three student representatives on the Dean's Educational Environment Committee, focusing on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion at the law school. Her favorite thing about MLaw and LLSA is the people. LLSA is where she feels at home. In her free time, Mayté enjoys long walks with her dog, Baloo, the unofficial (official) LLSA Mascot. She also loves getting law students together for "Backyard" Story Night, an event where students tell personal stories and read poems or excerpts from books on a given theme.