Diversity is not just about age, gender, race, and socio-political class--diversity itself is a culture. It is about unique perspectives and strong personalities, and it is a culture that I always advocate for in the legal community. I am all about character and competence. Preparation is key, and excellence is a way of living. With a positive attitude and a receptive mind, great things are limitless. Above all, in a profession that tends to be quite complex, I keep my faith, and I nurture a kind heart. I am here to make things simple, to make a difference, and to do good for humanity. Onward and upward. This is me in a snapshot.
I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication, summa cum laude, from Angeles University Foundation in the Philippines. In 2014, I was awarded as one of the national finalists for the Search for the Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines. Prior to law school, I worked as a Human Resources Coordinator for a local aviation company. During my time in law school, I had exposure to different legal opportunities: I served as an intern for the 14th Civil District Court of Dallas, an extern for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), a law clerk for a cybersecurity and business law firm, a research assistant for Taft Solutions, a teaching fellow for Legal Writing and Research, an intern for the North Texas Tollway Authority (NTTA), and an intern for the City of Dallas – Department of Aviation. I also attended Baylor Law’s Academy of the Advocate – School of the Trial at the University of St Andrews, Scotland. In December 2017, I earned my certificate for Air Transport from the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
Good lawyering is not just about competence. More than anything, it is about character. If we know who we really are, we are able to wear the right lenses in seeing and understanding different perspectives such that diversity becomes a celebration—not a barrier.
I was a theater actress and a debater. I remembered the most important thing I learned as a theater actress: the way we say things determines the power of the things we say. The difference between theater and lawyering is that everything about the law ought to be true—never fabricated. The courtroom does not have a curtain call; everything happens live. There are no costumes; everyone wants the naked truth—and I always go beyond to stand for what is just and fair.
When I am not busy making the world a better place (*wink*), I spend time with my Shih Tzu, Muffin, and visit my family in Los Angeles. I am a globe-trotter wannabe and an aerial yoga beginner.
I am excited about finishing law school and studying for the Texas bar exam in July. Right now, I am helping the litigation team at The Button Law Firm with all research and writing the firm needs.