Tell us about your heritage.
I was born in Lake Forest, Illinois. When I turned three my parents relocated to a small town in central Mexico called San Miguel Allende, Guanajuato, where I lived until I was 19 years old. My mom is Mexican and my dad is Irish-American. I’m told that because of my ancestry I should be the happiest person alive.
How do you like to celebrate your Latinx heritage?
Speaking Spanish every day, teaching anybody who will listen about the diversity of Latin American culture, and sharing stories about my upbringing in Mexico.
What do you find inspirational about Hispanic Heritage Month?
I’m inspired by the focus on Latinos in the United States and Hispanic culture during Hispanic heritage month. But in my opinion, every month is Hispanic heritage month.
What movie, TV show or book would you recommend to someone who wants to be a better ally to Hispanic people?
El Norte, a 1983 film by Gregory Nava is an impactful story of two siblings who immigrate from Guatemala to the United States after their family was killed in a government massacre. Also, Spanglish, a 2004 film with actor Adam Sandler, communicates a strong message about the balance between assimilating to American culture and preserving Hispanic culture.
Do you have any suggestions for people who would like to travel to Latin America?
Absolutely! Travel to my hometown in Mexico: San Miguel Allende, Guanajuato. It is one of the best places to visit in the world. Condé Nast Traveler thinks so as well.
What advice would you give to a young Hispanic lawyer just starting out in their career?
Don’t hide from your heritage or be ashamed of it. Look for pro bono or paid legal opportunities to help Hispanics around you.
What advice would you give legal employers about what they can do to make workplaces welcoming and supportive for Hispanic lawyers?
Don’t force a Hispanic holiday in the workplace for PR reasons or to appear diverse. If you plan to celebrate a Hispanic holiday in your workplace, ask your Hispanic/Latinx employees for input before planning the holiday event. If you don’t have Hispanic/Latinx employees in your office, start recruiting.