The Latino Law Students Association (LLSA) provides social and academic support for all Hispanic law students at Valparaiso. The primary objective of LLSA is to increase the number of Hispanic law students in the hope of furthering the advancement of Hispanics. LLSA works closely with the Office of Admissions on recruitment and admission. LLSA also assists students in career placements and provides a valuable network with Hispanic attorneys.
2015-16 Executive Board
President: Alfonso Giron
Alfonso Giron was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois and grew up in a predominantly Hispanic neighborhood. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from De Paul University. He plans on practicing law in the City of Chicago after graduation in 2017.
Vice President: Valerie Georgelin
Valerie Georgelin is interested in the areas of Immigration Law, Real Estate Law and Personal Injury. She was born in Venezuela and moved to the United States at the age of 13.
Her personal battle with immigration when moving to the U.S. has sparked an interest to continue in this field after law school to help immigrants with a second change at fulfilling their dreams. Her experience as a real estate agent in Miami, Florida for eight years prior to law school has lead her to her interest in Real Estate Law. One of Valerie’s goals is to one day start a nonprofit organization that will help fund and facilitate the adoption process for families who are called to adopting children. In her spare time, Valerie enjoys cooking, dancing, and reading adoption blogs.
Treasurer: Manuela Cabal Carmona
Manuela Cabal Carmona was born and raised in Cali, Colombia — the salsa capital of the world. She moved to the US in 2010 to pursue a degree in Biomedical Engineering and also had the opportunity to play collegiate soccer. After finishing her undergraduate studies she decided to pursue a law degree to become a patent attorney. During the summer 2015, Manuela worked as a clerk for McAndrews Held & Malloy — a Chicago firm that is committed to fostering diversity in the field of intellectual property law. Manuela enjoys traveling, watching sports, and cooking with her husband during my free time.
Secretary: Aaron Tellez
Aaron Tellez was born and raised in Texas. His goals are to become a corporate immigration attorney. He enjoys doing pro bono work in the field of immigration and wishes to continue to do so after law school. His goal is to corroborate on immigration reform to better help his community.
Chair of Academic Affairs Advisor: Gurhan Heinert
Gurhan Heinert is a 2L and member of International Moot Court at Valparaiso University School of Law. Born in Brooklyn and of Colombian descent Gurhan attended John Jay College for Criminal Justice in Manhattan. After college, he worked in private practice as a paralegal doing Immigration, Divorce and Bankruptcy law. Spending much of his upbringings in Colombia and growing up in immigrant communities in Brooklyn and Queens he grew passionate for immigration law and after four years returned to school to obtain his J.D. Gurhan is a soccer enthusiast and watches soccer on his free time. He plans to focus on Immigration and Criminal Law after law school.