A message from our President

Welcome to the Latino Law Student Association (LLSA)!

National Hispanic Heritage Month started just a week ago – marking the anniversary of independence of five Latin American Countries and celebrating the culture, heritage, and contributions of Latinos.  As the number of Latinos in the United States continues to grow, so, too, does their impact.

LLSA has established itself as an organization that is heavily invested in Latino issues and public service and strengthening solidarity within the student body as well as the broader community.

LLSA was fundamental in establishing the Community Immigration Law Center (CILC) which serves as a resource to the greater Madison-area.  Community members can consult with CILC attorneys on their immigration issues free of charge.  LLSA also recently established the Immigrant Justice Clinic (IJC), which is the first of its kind in Wisconsin.  IJC helps immigrants handle their claims against deportation.  These individuals have no access to a court-appointed attorney and many do not have the means to hire a private attorney. Additionally, LLSA conducts Know Your Rights presentations to help educate immigrants and non-English speakers on their rights.  All of these activities demonstrate LLSA’s longstanding commitment to social justice, as well as the UW and the greater Madison community.

This year, we look forward to not only keeping this tradition, but expanding it. With this in mind, LLSA is committed to public service, fostering a sense of community, and strengthening bridges with the student body and greater community. I have no doubt that our Executive Board and members will accomplish this and more.

I, therefore, invite you all to join LLSA and to be a part of what is bound to be an exciting year!


Lia Ocasio
2013-2014 LLSA President


2012-2013 Eboard

Congratulations to the 2012-2013 E-Board of the UW Latino/a Law Student Association:

President: Kate Finley

V.P. Academic Affairs: Alexis Blanco

V.P. of Community Affairs: Lia Ocasio

Legal Community Liaison: Karina Kuhrt

Treasurer: Jair Alvarez

Secretary: Luis Valdez

LEO Representative: Molly Bowen

Webmaster (Webjefe): Laura Steigerwald

1L Representatives: Adrian Perez & Lola Bovell


A Message From Our President

Greetings! On behalf of the Latino Law Student Association (LLSA) I welcome you to our webpage. The members and the Executive Board of LLSA look forward to the 2010-2011 academic year, and yet another opportunity to serve the Latino community and the community at large in Madison. This year LLSA is eager to expand its community outreach program by utilizing the experience of our network of seasoned professionals, as well as the knowledge of the current membership at Wisconsin Law School. The Community Immigration Law Center, along with Know Your Rights Presentations, are among many of the services which LLSA members not only help develop, but personally volunteer their time and energy to.

Additionally, this year will mark the revival of an effort to promote Hispanic/Latino Cultural Awareness at the law school and the city of Madison. Through a celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, a Series of Guest Speakers, and various Social Events throughout the year, it is the hope of LLSA that our organization will leave a mark on the people that support it in a unique and meaningful way.

I cordially invite you all to be a part of LLSA this year, and look forward to sharing with you the infinite opportunities ahead of us!


James Leonard

2010-2011 LLSA President