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WJA 2021: Dara Alvarado

Dara Alvarado first encountered the law while migrating to the United States from Ecuador at nine years old. She had not yet learned English, but in that moment she learned how the law deeply impacted lives.

alvaradoDara graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law in May 2021.

“Seeing how my nominators perceived me while I was trying to be the best I can be in law school is very moving, and it means a lot as a first-generation law student,” she said.

While in law school, her peers elected her to be the 1L Class Representative and President of the Hispanic Law Student Association, and during the pandemic, she served as the Student Bar Association President.

She was also a staff member of the UMKC Law Review, and as part of a UMKC Diverse Student Coalition, she helped raise $85,000 in scholarships for 1L students.

“She will be one of the members of the bar that we all admire,” one of her nominators, Meg Reuters, said, who is a clinical professor of law at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law.

Dara has spent the last two summers as a 2L and 1L summer associate at Lathrop. She previously served as a judicial intern for the Hon. Judge Stephen R. Bough in the U.S. District Court Western District of Missouri, and for the Hon. Judge Thomas H. Newton in the Missouri Court of Appeals Western District.

She previously worked as a legal assistant for Solorio & Avila Immigration Law Office, and as a legal intern for Bordeau Immigration Law.

Today, she is working in commercial and corporate law while working in the Business Transactions Corporate Group at Lathrop GPM.

Women's Justice Awards 2021