Student Researcher, University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School
Mike earned his Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service at Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. During his time in D.C., he served as an intern for Senator Robert Menendez and as a White House intern for President Barack Obama. Mike then worked for two years as a property manager and real estate agent before attending the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he earned his Juris Doctor cum laude. At Penn, Mike was the Executive Editor for the Journal of Law and Social Change, a delegate of the Latinx Law Student Association, a student of Professor Rangita de Silva de Alwis in her course on Women, Law and Leadership, and a 2L law student counselor in Penn’s Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic (ELC). In the last of these roles, he advised Spanish-speaking immigrants and other clients eager to start their new businesses. The caliber of his work in the ELC earned Mike the Clinical Legal Education Association’s (CLEA) Outstanding Clinical Student Award, for which Penn’s clinical faculty nominated him in the Spring of 2020. As a student of Professor de Silva de Alwis once more during his final semester, Mike pursued independent research in the field of International Women’s Human Rights, with emphasis on real property and land rights regimes in Uganda and Rwanda. It was during this semester that he also helped develop preliminary findings for the Male Allyship in the Future of Work: Advancing Inclusive Leadership study by several of his colleagues in the Women, Law and Leadership course. Outside of Penn’s classrooms, Mike sought opportunities to immerse himself in the practice of law. Morrison & Foerster (NY) selected him as a Keith Wetmore Diversity Fellow and 1L Summer Associate, an experience that brought him to the intersection of New York’s complex property laws and commercial lending practices. After his second summer at Morrison & Foerster, Mike accepted the firm’s offer to join the Real Estate Finance group after graduation.