National Hispanic Heritage Month Profile – Andrea Belard

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What service to the Latino community impassions you?

I didn’t go to law school thinking I’d end up in Public Interest law or mentoring several students a year… it just happened that way and I couldn’t be happier! I have been working as an attorney for the Legal Aid Society for almost six years, assisting victims of domestic violence in our Hispanic community. Through this journey, I have had the honor to mentor more than a dozen law students – most of them Hispanic – and this has become my favorite part of my job.

I think it’s very important that our law students feel welcomed, and feel like they belong in a profession in which we are certainly a minority. I am also honored to serve as the current President of the Hispanic Lawyers Association Charities, where we strive to support and mentor students in their law school journey.

Andrea Belard
Metropolitan Family Services, Supervising Attorney

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