General Counsel // Cook County Medical Examiner's Office
Please provide a description of your practice.
I am in the sole in-house counsel for the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office, the only Medical Examiner system in Illinois. I serve the office by ensuring the effective and ethical operation of the office in all legal matters.
Why are you a member of the WBAI?
As a first-generation Cuban-American female attorney, I think it is vital to join an organization that provides support and assistance to navigate the unique challenges of the legal field. The WBAI fosters a sense of belonging, networking, and empowerment. The WBAI has been instrumental in shaping my fulfilling legal career.
What do you think is the best way to empower women in law?
The best way to empower women in law is to build authentic networks, provide access to opportunities, and encourage leadership in the legal field. We also need to make it more feasible for women to pursue, and thrive, in the legal field by promoting a work-life balance, eliminating pay disparity, and promoting diversity.
What are you most looking forward to in the following year, personally/professionally?
I am most looking forward to introducing WBAI to law students and newly licensed lawyers. I am excited to see the organization grow.
Tell us something interesting about you.
I am the first legal counsel at the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office. When I am not practicing law, I enjoy running. I ran a marathon on a broken foot and completed the race! When I set a goal, my determination is unmatched. A week before my first Chicago Marathon, I broke my foot when I tripped on a rock. My unwavering resolute to complete the race pushed me through all 26.2 miles.