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2021 HLSF Scholarship Recipients

Alberto Vargas – 2021 Sheppard Mullin Scholarship

Alberto is a first-year law student at the University of Chicago Law School. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor of Music Education and a Spanish Bilingual/ESL Certification. Alberto is an active community advocate. One of his most memorable experiences was teaching arts classes to juvenile detainees at the Champaign County Juvenile Detention Center while in college, not only because of the young ages of his students, but also because the arts were used a vehicle for positive change. After graduation, Alberto plans to work in the area of intellectual property law and appellate litigation. He wants to use his law degree to advocate for and counsel entrepreneurs from communities of color as they seek to turn their ideas into art, products, and thriving businesses. This summer, Alberto will work as an intern for Judge Dabney Friedrich of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and for MALDEF’s Midwest Office. The HLSF scholarship will lessen the financial burden of student loans and support Alberto’s legal studies. HLSF proudly welcomes this future Latino lawyer to its network and the overall community of Latino lawyers.

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