Jacqui earned her J.D. from the Notre Dame Law School, where she was actively involved in the law school’s legal community. She served as a vice president of the Hispanic Law Student Association and was a member of the Women’s Legal Forum. Her legal prowess was recognized when she emerged as a finalist in the 1L Moot Court competition.
Jacqui’s academic years also included real-world legal experience, advancing her knowledge and legal skills and preparing her for her future legal career. While earning her Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and history from the University of Notre Dame, Jacqui interned at Shook. She served as a legal administrative assistant where her responsibilities extended to translating court and pro bono documents between Spanish and English. Her legal acumen was evident when she assisted Shook attorneys preparing for trial in the Product Liability Practice Group. Jacqui also served as a congressional intern at the U.S. House of Representatives for Congressman Emanuel Cleaver II.
While in law school, Jacqui was a legal extern for the National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) and was a law clerk for a private law firm. At NIJC, Jacqui worked with a classmate to represent a mother and daughter seeking asylum. Jacqui worked on the affidavits for both clients, compiled the research on the country conditions, drafted the brief and presented the case to the judge in Chicago Immigration Court. The case was a win, and the mother and daughter were granted asylum. A year later, Jacqui worked for both clients to get their green cards, and they are now U.S. citizens.
In addition to her legal career, Jacqui is deeply committed to making a positive mark on her community. She has volunteered with various organizations, including the Catholic Worker, La Casa de Amistad, and Guadalupe Centers, Inc.
Two Notre Dame Law Students Help Mother and Daughter Win Asylum, News and Events, Notre Dame Law School, November 19, 2021.
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