E-Board Profiles


Name: James Leonard

Year: 2012

Hometown: Bad Axe, MI

Hobbies: Hunting, fishing, traveling, bowling, foosball, basketball, golf, and reading about Chemistry.

3 Goals for LLSA:

  1. Increase the outreach programs we have interacting with the Latin@ Community in Madison.
  2. Increase LLSA membership and promote inter LEO group interaction.
  3. Create cooperation and interaction with the LLSA student group at Marquette Law School.


“The best way to become boring is to say everything.”  -Voltaire

Vice President of Academic Affairs

Name: Tina Balistreri

Year: 2012

Hometown: Milwaukee, WI

Hobbies: Cultural Awareness, Traveling, Shopping, Soccer, Cooking

3 Goals for LLSA:

  1. Provide Academic Enrichment Workshops.
  2. Provide 1Ls with helpful academic resources and advice.
  3. Ensure academic success for as many LLSA members as possible.


“Cultura es Orgullo, Orgullo es Exito: Culture is Pride, Pride is Success” –SLG

“It is not the concern of any one race. The victims of the violence are black and white, rich and poor, young and old, famous and unknown. They are, most important of all, human beings whom other human beings loved and needed. No one – no matter where he lives or what he does – can be certain who will suffer from some senseless act of bloodshed. And yet it goes on and on and on in this country of ours” –RFK

Vice President of Community Affairs

Name: Joleen Rivera

Year: 2012

Hometown: Brooklyn, NY & High Bridge, NJ

Hobbies: Riding bikes, spinning, hanging with my girls, eating tasty food.

3 Goals for LLSA:

  1. Getting more law students involved in LLSA, and forming alliances with other graduate and undergraduate Latino orgnanizations.
  2. Continue our involvement with the Community Immigration Law Clinic and visits to Dane County Ice Detainees.
  3. Forming a working group of students to advocate for more immigration related courses at the law school.


“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” –MLK, Jr

Legal Community Liaison

Name: Jorge Fragoso

Year: 2012

Hometown: Brownsville, TX

Hobbies: Reading, playing tennis, doing killer sudoku, cooking, drinking coffee, listening to music and podcasts while walking around.

3 Goals for LLSA:

  1. Establish stronger relationships with WHLA.
  2. Work with local attorneys to set up mock interviews and coaching.
  3. Organizing events with local attorneys for LLSA members.

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Name: Jami Crespo

Year: 2012

Hometown: West Allis, WI

Hobbies: Playing sports (basketball, volleyball, frisbee and running), reading, politics, and watching HGTV.

3 Goals for LLSA:

  1. Have a successful book sale for incoming and current LLSA students.
  2. Involve the rest of the law school in more LLSA events.
  3. Increase LLSA’s presence in the Madison community.

Quote: “Service is the rent we pay for living.” –Marian Wright Edelman


Name: Pamela Ritger

Year: 2013 (JD/Master’s in International Public Affairs Candidate)

Hometown: Milwaukee, WI

Hobbies: Dance, photography, political discussions, travel and foreign language study.

3 Goals for LLSA:

  1. To increase 1L LLSA members’ awareness of academic and professional networking resources available through the LLSA website and from 2L and 3L students.
  2. To facilitate communication and feedback between e-board and LLSA membership regarding events and activities.
  3. To encourage more collaboration between LLSA and other student organizations.


“If we are wasting time and enjoying ourselves we are not wasting time (Si estamos perdiendo tiempo disfrutando, entonces no perdemos el tiempo)” – Paulo Coelho

“Face your fears and doubts, and new worlds will open to you.” – Robert Kiyosaki

LEO Representative

Name: Jason Foster

Year: 2012

Hometown: Cedarburg, Wisconsin and Chicago, Illinois

Hobbies: Avid NPR listener; coffee, wine, and tea aficionado; watching movies; attending live music shows, theater, and dance shows.

3 Goals for LLSA:

  1. One event I would like to plan is a LEO-wide informal social. LEO is supposed to be about a community of diverse students; however, there are only two times we get together as a full LEO community (LEO orientation and the LEO banquet). I would like to plan one additional event that will provide an opportunity for all LEO members, especially LEO 1Ls, to interact in a more informal setting.
  2. A program I hope to implement is LEO-wide academic workshops. Last spring, the Academic Affairs VP held an academic reflections workshop in conjunction with BLSA. I think more academic interaction among LEO members would be beneficial for all participants. Therefore, I would work with folks such as Tina to provide academic workshops in collaboration with other LEO groups.
  3. Another initiative that I will tackle is developing a more robust LLSA/LEO alumni outreach program. Especially in this economic climate and difficult job market, developing and fostering deeper relationships with LLSA/LEO alumni can be an effective way to give LLSA/LEO students a competitive advantage in the job search.


The world cares very little about what a man or woman knows; it is what the man or woman is able to do that counts. –Booker T. Washington

Alice came to a fork in the road. “Which road do I take?” she asked. “Where do you want to go?” responded the Cheshire cat. “I don’t know,” Alice answered. “Then,” said the cat, “it doesn’t matter.”– Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

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Name: Eric Hinojosa

Year: 2011

Hometown: Saginaw, Michigan

Hobbies: Cooking, biking, running, reading anything put in front of me

3 Goals for LLSA:

  1. Improve LLSA’s web presence.
  2. Use all available means of electronic communication to ensure that UW Law’s Latino/a community is aware of community events and informed about issues impacting them.
  3. Lay the groundwork so that 1 & 2 can continue even after I graduate from UW Law.


“If something is difficult for you to accomplish, do not then think it is impossible for any human being; rather, if it is humanly possible and corresponds to human nature, know that it is attainable by you as well.”
–Marcus Aurelius

“People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can’t find them, make them.”
– George Bernard Shaw

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