All Our Amazing Speakers


This is an overview of all the speakers of this year’s Second Annual National Hispanic Pre-Law Conference

The speakers for this event will deliver amazing speeches. You can click on each speaker profile to look at their complete biography.

Keynote Speakers

Raquel Tamez, Esq.

Raquel Tamez, Esq.

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Chief Executive Officer, Society for Hispanic Professional Engineers
Former Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel, Senior Vice President – Legal, SourceAmerica
Los Angeles, California

Special Guest Speakers

Alyra Liriano, J.D.

Alyra Liriano, J.D.

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Deputy Regional President
HNBA Region III (New Jersey)
Hispanic National Bar Association
New Jersey

Vianny M. Pichardo, Esq.

Vianny M. Pichardo, Esq.

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President, The Dominican Bar Association
Attorney, Anderson Kill
New York, New York

Yessica Pinales

Yessica Pinales

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President, National Latina/o Law Student Association
J.D. Candidate, Class of 2019
St. John’s University School of Law
Jamaica, New York

Melissa G. Quintana

Melissa G. Quintana

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Second-Year Law Student, New York University School of Law
Executive Co-Chair, NYU Law Latino Law Students Association
New York, New York

Jimmy Rodriguez

Jimmy Rodriguez

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President, MetroLALSA, Inc.
Third-Year Law Student, St. John's University School of Law
Queens, New York

Honorees*

Gerald Torres, Esq.

Gerald Torres, Esq.

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Jane M.G. Foster Professor of Law
Cornell Law School
Ithaca, New York

The Honorable Eva Guzman

The Honorable Eva Guzman

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Associate Justice
Texas Supreme Court
Austin, Texas

Francisco Valdes, Esq., J.S.M., J.S.D.

Francisco Valdes, Esq., J.S.M., J.S.D.

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Professor of Law and Dean’s Distinguished Scholar
University of Miami School of Law
Miami, Florida

LATINO LAW STUDENTS PANEL

Stacey Burke

Stacey Burke

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Recent Graduate
Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School
Immediate Past South-Atlantic Regional Director, National Latino/a Law Student Association
Atlanta, Georgia

Ana A. Núñez Cárdenas

Ana A. Núñez Cárdenas

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Co-President, Latin American Law Students Association
Brooklyn Law School
Brooklyn, New York

Brencis Navia

Brencis Navia

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Third-Year Law Student
Rutgers Law School
Newark, New Jersey

Hernán Ortiz

Hernán Ortiz

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Second-Year Evening Law Student
Brooklyn Law School
Brooklyn, New York

Alex Pena

Alex Pena

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Immediate Past President
National Latina/o Law Student Association
Third-Year Law Student
Boston College Law School
Boston, Massachusetts

Andrea Rodriguez

Andrea Rodriguez

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Third-Year Law Student
Fordham University School of Law
New York, New York

LATINO LAWYERS PANEL

Karim Batista, Esq.

Karim Batista, Esq.

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Attorney
Law Offices of Karim Batista, P.A.
Coral Gables, Florida

Javier J. Diaz, Esq., M.S.

Javier J. Diaz, Esq., M.S.

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Employee Benefits Associate
Klein Zelman Rothermel LLP
Deputy Regional President – Region II
Hispanic National Bar Association
New York, New York

Major Carlos M. De Dios

Major Carlos M. De Dios

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Deputy Director and Chief, Force Management Branch
Professional Development Directorate
Office of the Judge Advocate General
Washington, DC

Peter Garcia, J.D.

Peter Garcia, J.D.

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Senior Associate
BDO Consulting
New York, New York

LAW SCHOOL ADMISSION TEST PANEL

Akil Bello

Akil Bello

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Director of Strategic Initiatives
Princeton Review
New York, New York