MetroLALSA, Inc. has a unique structure.  This organization consists of a Board of Directors, Management (i.e., the executive board), and delegates.

The Board of Directors oversee the organization.  The board positions are held by experienced professionals.  While not a requirement, the board members are alumni of MetroLALSA.  

The organization, however, is led by students -- the executive board.  The eboard handles the day to day operations and carries out the MetroLALSA mission.  

The eboard and board members obtain their positions from the vote of the delegates.  The delegates are the representatives of the MetroLALSA member law schools.  This democratic system ensures transparency and accountability.

With that said, meet the team that makes things happen.

Board of Directors

Christopher Carrion is a founding member and Managing Partner of CSVK LLP., where he focuses on criminal defense. He is a board member of MetroLALSA, Inc., a non-profit organization made up of Latino attorneys and law students in the NYC/NJ area aimed at serving the Latino community and increasing diversity in the legal profession. Mr. Carrion is an active member of the Hispanic National Bar Association, sitting on the Young Lawyers Division Committee for the New York Region. He also sits on the Professional Ethics Committee, Law Related Education Committee and the Civil Rights and Liberties Committee of the New York County Lawyers Association in addition to being a member of a variety of bar associations including the Puerto Rican Bar Association, Bronx Bar Association, New York State Bar Association, and the Dominican Bar association.

Mr. Carrion received his B.A. from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He received his J.D. from New York Law School where he was a Harry H. Wellington scholar, named repeatedly to the Dean's List, and a member of the Criminal Prosecution Clinic. 

Javier Merino is Managing Attorney at Merino Law, P.C.  Mr. Merino received his Juris Doctor from St. John’s University School of Law in June 2013 where he focused on bankruptcy law. While at St. John’s University School of Law, he was the Executive Blog Editor for the New York Litigator Law Journal and served as the treasurer for the National Latino/a Law Students Association.

Mr. Merino received the Dean’s Award for Excellence for earning the highest possible grade in Business Organizations and gained bankruptcy law experience preparing Chapter 7 bankruptcy petitions while working at the St. John’s Bankruptcy Advocacy Clinic.

Mr. Merino also interned at the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of New York. He is an active member of the New York State Bar Association.  Mr. Merino previously volunteered his time by participating in the St. John’s Street Law program where, under attorney supervision, he helped conduct presentations regarding family, immigration, and landlord-tenant law to Spanish-speaking individuals in the Queens area.

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Special Counsel

Veronica Torres is a MetroLALSA alum.  She joined MetroLALSA in 2011 as a delegate for Brooklyn Law School. She fondly remembers late night meetings with the best people and delicious food. She cannot begin to describe the impact MetroLALSA made in her life. At a time when she was trying to find her place in law school, MetroLALSA stepped in and provided mentors, socially conscious peers, friends, and most importantly a familia

Ms. Torres serves as special counsel for MetroLALSA, Inc.; providing specific services in dealing with 501(c)(3) application for MetroLALSA, Inc.  She is currently a Senior Consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton supporting the privacy programs of various government agencies.  Specifically, Ms. Torres is an information privacy professional with experience evaluating privacy impact assessments, developing role-specific educational materials, and providing guidance on privacy policies and international privacy laws to technology-based start-ups. 

Ms. Torres is a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) and holds CIPP/G and CIPP/US certifications. Ms. Torres graduated from Brooklyn Law School in 2013 with a Juris Doctor and a Certificate in Intellectual Property, Media, and Information Law. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from American University.

Ms. Torres lives in Washington, DC where she enjoys time on her Bianchi and day naps with her cats. 

Executive Board Members

Jimmy Rodriguez, President

Year and School:  3L @ St. John's University School of Law


Currently Vacant, Secretary

Year and School: 

Andrea Rodriguez, VP of Public Relations

Year and School:  3L @ Fordham University School of Law

Irene Castro, VP of Financial Affairs

Year and School:  2L @ CUNY School of Law 

Wilson Rosa, VP of Social Action

Year and School: 3L @ Fordham University School of Law

Ana Guillcatanda, VP of Pipeline Program

Year and School: 3L @ CUNY School of Law

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Julia Monica Ponce, VP of Fundraising

Year and School:  3L @ Hofstra University School of Law


Laura Salgado, VP of Alumni Relations

Year and School: 3L @ New York Law School


Alyra Liriano
Year and School: 3L (part-time) @ Seton Hall University School of Law
Interests: Privacy and Data Security and Employment Law
Hobby: International travel

Lorena Jiron
Year and School: 2L @ Fordham University School of Law
Interests: Civil Rights Litigation
Favorite Quote: "Of course it's happening in your head Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?"

Bruce Gomez
Year and School: 1L @ Brooklyn Law School

Jenny Alcaide
Year and School: 3L @ Cardozo Law School

Yulia Tsoy
Year and School: 1L @ Touro Law Center

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Ian King II
Year and School: 2L @ St. John's University School of Law

Isabel Rivera
Year and School: 2L @ Columbia Law School
Interests: apital markets, cross border transactions, Latin America, Puerto Rico
Fun Fact: I love to read.

Liliana Canela
Year and School: 2L @ CUNY Law School


Alexa Carrero
Year and School: 1L @ Brooklyn Law School
Interests: International, Corporate
Favorite Quote: “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind.” ― Bernard M. Baruch

Peter A. Garcia
Year and School: 3L @ Pace University School of Law
Interests: Securities, Corporate Law, and Life
Fun Fact: I am an elite wrestler

Nathania Reyes
Year and School: 2L @ Rutgers University School of Law (Newark)

Gabriel Rivera
Year and School: 2L @ St. John's University School of Law
Interests: Criminal, personal injury, real estate
Favorite Quote: "...You're mad, bonkers, completely off your head. But I'll tell you a secret. All the best people are." - Alice/Lewis Caroll

Marelene Sanchez
Year and School: 2L @ Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University

Luis Rosario Rodriguez
Year and School: 3L @ Pace University School of Law


Andres Puerta
Year and School: 2L @ Rutgers University School of Law (Newark)
Interests: Commercial Litigation, Employment Litigation, Corporate Reorganziation
Favorite Quote: "There is no shame in falling; the only shame lies in not getting back up."